Posted by alexandra_k on November 24, 2005, at 21:23:29
In reply to Re: Experiences on Risperdal... Im afraid of TD » alexandra_k, posted by Tepiaca on November 23, 2005, at 21:52:12
> 20 years? then IŽll have it when IŽll be 45
Thats not what I said. I said that they developed it after about 20 years OF TAKING A VERY HIGH DOSAGE OF AN OLDER STYLE AP.
Best I can figure you have been taking a relatively low dose.
Best I can figure you have been taking a newer style AP, not an older style AP.
So to the best of my knowledge...
I would be suprised if you did develop TD in another 10 years or even in another 20 years.
But I should also say that I haven't studied TD and don't know very much about it...
> the people you are women? I read women have more probabilities to develop this sindrome.
I know a few ladies, but mostly men. People I met who lived in supported accomodation. Part of the de-institutionalisation effort. I don't know about whether women are more likely to develop it than men or not.
> > The people I know who have muscle twitches don't have TD. They take a little bit of cogentin and that stops that for them. They get muscle twitches and jaw clamping. But the cogentin sorts that out for them.
> sorry... what is cogentin?
Not too sure. Some medication that counters side-effects. I had an injection of dypixol once and my jaw started to lock up and my tongue started to swell. Took a small dose of cogentin once or maybe twice a day and it went away. No problem. Have seen cogentin do the same thing with twitching, jaw locking, shaking etc.
> So I can have jaw clamping and that does not mean I have TD
You can have jaw clamping for all kinds of reasons.
To the best of my knowledge... TD is medication resistant (by definition I suppose). That means... That cogentin wouldn't help alleviate those symptoms. There isn't anything we can do about TD. Thats why its not good to develop it. But people get TD symptoms which ARE treatable (by cogentin for example) and when people stop taking those meds or switch to another med or whatever then the symptoms go away. Not so with TD.
I really don't think... That you would be likely to have TD.
And I really don't think... That on a low dose of a new AP you would be very likely to get it.
> so just schizophrenics could have TD? that what hes is trying to tell us?
No. He is just trying to tell us that the prevalance rates of TD is something that you hear about sometimes... But how many of the people who develop TD symptoms would have developed those same symptoms without AP's??? Because if this is the case for half the prevalance of TD then that would mean that TD is only half as common as we thought. And we thought... The chance of getting it on a low dosage of a new AP wasn't very high in the first place...
> what is the problem with becoming dependent with a benzo? . I only would have to take it all my life rigth? but nothing wrong would happen,or I am wrong
The problem with dependence is a little something else that happens along with dependance: tolerance. Tolerance means your system gets used to the dosage of the drug and adjusts to that drug. So you find yourself needing more of the drug to have the same effect. And sometimes... More and more and more... And sometimes... You end up craving the drug and going through horrible withdrawals (which means terrible anxiety far worse than you probably experience now) if you don't get the drug.
Not everybody finds this...
But a fair few do...
I would think the risk of developing TD would be lower than the risk of developing dependence / tolerance / addiction.
> I was in therapy for two years when everything started. But nothing helped me as much as meds
Good luck with finding the right one then :-)