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Re: geodon and sleep cycle

Posted by med_empowered on November 17, 2005, at 2:17:43

In reply to geodon and sleep cycle, posted by MichaelJr on November 16, 2005, at 12:10:44

I used to have pretty bad insomnia. When I took Abilify, it got worse. A couple months after I stopped Abilify (and all other meds), things got a good bit better. I haven't slept this well in years. (I'm 21; I've been having sleep issues since I was 10 or 11).

I guess you could try sleep aids. Personally, I'd recommend switching out the Geodon or discontinuing antipsychotics altogether, unless you have a tendency towards pronounced psychosis or something.

Have you tried other antipsychotics and/or mood-stabilizers? Geodon is considered 2nd line b/c of its effects on the heart--it prolongs the qTC interval, which can sometimes be problematic. In addition, there are some weird side effects--drug-induced mania, that sort of thing. If you're bipolar, have you considered other meds? Perhaps a mood-stabilizer combo (the lamictal/depakote combo is pretty popular). If you're diagnosed schizophrenic...have you tried another mood-stabilizers? Also, keep in mind that some people who are diagnosed as schizophrenic actually respond pretty well to mood-stabilizers (many people with schizophrenia in the US would be considered bipolar in parts of Europe).

Good luck!




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