Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 579327

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geodon and sleep cycle

Posted by MichaelJr on November 16, 2005, at 12:10:44

I have been on geodon for about a year and it has been good for me.

The problem is that I feel that it messes with my sleep schedule. It does make me feel tired, and I sleep between 9 and 10 hours a night on it which is way too much.

I also have a messed up schedule. For the past 8 months I get to bed sometime around 5am and sleep all day. I have tried everything to try and get back to normal. Just staying up all day and going to bed the next night at a normal time doesnt work, because my clock doesnt change when I do that and I go right back to the same schedule the next day.

I finally went to a sleep center and they told me to stay up 3 hours later every night. So go to bed at 7 am, then 9am, 11am, etc. I have tried to do it now about 4 or 5 times and it still doesn't work for me.

So now I am trying it again. It is 12pm right now, a time which Im usually in a deep sleep. And I feel like my buddy is pulling really hard for me to sleep. That combined with the geodon is a near psychotic feelings. Its kind of like my body is in a deep deep depression. Its a very very very painful feeling. But I will be able to sleep in about 2 hours.

Anway Im just ranting to keep myself occupied. I dont think I would have such a terrible feeling if it wasnt for the geodone. Just wondering if anyone has a similar feeling on gedon.



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!


Re: geodon and sleep cycle

Posted by blueberry on November 17, 2005, at 3:57:19

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

Switching out of geodon to something else might be a good option. But it would be hard, I understand that.

Another option might be to try shifting the dosing schedule, the same way you tried shifting the sleep schedule.

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