Geodon and alcohol

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My Psychiatrist has advised me to stay away from alcohol forever.All suggestions and discussions on matter are welcome as many of us actually like alcohol but cannot take it for the chance of precipitating a manic episode.
I didnt know serequel cause weight gain. no wonder I gain so much weight. Im on geodon and serequel. Glad to be off geodon. Dr will put me on topamax soon/ serequel 200mg at bedtime really helps me sleep. Is there anything else helps sleep that wont cause weight gain? Is 200mg a high dose of serequel?
I moved to a new city, got a new psychiatrist and I remember him telling me he would prescribe geodon, dicontinue the zyprexa, I would lose weight and I would feel better and he was right. Taking zyprexa I would crave carbs. My weight fluctuates nut I am not as overweight as I was and I am not feeling depressed. I also take fish oil which is to help fight depression. At last, stop drinking by any means necessary, medication AA, etc. It is only compounding your mental and physical health.
I've noticed that this combination has caused me too have trouble falling asleep (anxiety) and makes me depressed and anxious and have a call into my Dr. who has yet to return my call. My question is: Would it be life threatning if I drank a maximumum of 1 ounce of alcohol with my juice to take the anxious edge off until I finally hear back from him?
He was previously on zyprexa which also did not take all of his psychotic thoughts away and caused a 65lb weight gain even though he worked and barely ate. The geodon is not causing weight gain but it is making him so tired that he is lowering his dose to 80mg a day and threatening to stop it altogether if he still feel tired in another week. Has anyone been on geodon long enough to tell me if the fatigue goes away with time? Respirdal and seroquel to not work for him.
I've been bipolar for about 8 years and I can control my mania with Geodon, but I've have yet to find a mediacation for my depressed. Some meds have some effect on my depression, but it only lasts a couple of months and I'm back where I started! I've even tried ECT treaments for 3 months with only minimal relief for the depression but I also lost huge chunks of my longterm remedies. I'm at a lose as what to do next. I've been giving up on ever getting better.
It's hard telling but I was put on Geodon and then Risperdal and finally Abilify and I have a history of alcohol abuse and you're not supposed to drink while on any of those and I never did anything like that but those are different medications and I am a different person altogether. I would say if he doesn't normally do this ever while intoxicated something is out of whack there but some people have a tendency to eventually turn violent no matter what while being drunk.
What are the effects of alcohol and marijuana with seraquil, depakote, effexor and topimax medications for bi polar?
So, I don't need drugs and alcohol to make my life unmanageable! -but if and when I add them, God help me. That's why i don't think I have another recovery left in me... I also agree with you on "I just got my feelings back, I really don't want to lose that." I was on a small does of amitripthline (Elivil) for 2 years along with the pain meds and I couldn't wait to got off of it. It took me 4 months to taper, which ended in March. Still can't sleep very well.
I have been offered Lamotragin, Lithium and Carbamazepine as three possible options for mood stabalising drugs along with the continuation of my dose of citalopram. I am 17 would like to know if anyone else has had any experiences with any of the above three, as I have to decide on which one I would like to use. So much as I can see, they are all non addictive, all require blood tests and all involve avoiding alcohol (which I have been doing for some time now anyway).
I was prescribed Topamax along with an appetite suppressant (Adipex) for weight loss a bit over a year ago and stopped taking them after two and a half months. I did not lose all of the weight I had wanted to, but most of it. I had gained 55 pounds while on Paxil over the course of two and a half years. By taking a combination of the two medicines, I lost 22 pounds the first month, 10 pounds the second month, and 8 pounds the first half of the third month.
I had similar symptoms as you. I went to ears nose and throat doctors and to eye doctors (to look for the tumor that I thought was there...it wasn't..thank God) and Neurologists. I had CAT scans on my head and even begged my doctor to give me an MRI! (Took a while to find a doctor who would approve this!) IT WAS ALL DO TO DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY.....I truly believed that it was physical and it wasn't.
I know it will be hard to get a job with this kind of felony on her record. If she takes the geodon only sometimes and mixes it with alcohol, because I do know she's been drinking, it could cause her to act out of character? I was on geodon but I was so tired and slow all the time I stopped taking it. Maybe she stopped, can't this cause mania?
Geodon like all antipsychotics (except for Clozaril) can cause movement disorders both temporary and permanent and although temporary movement disorders can (and should be) treated with a side effect pill if they are not the psychomotor agitation and spasmic activity they cause can be quite painful. Speak to his psychiatrist (or have someone else do so) about potential causes of this and this is one cause they generally would look into.
Life has been one hell of a roller coaster, but in this time I have managed to graduate college and an MBA, secure and maintain a well-paying and fulfilling business career and marry the love of my life (and hang on to her thus far). I have seen 3 different family doctors, 2 different psychiatrists and 1 endocrinologist...
finding random people on internet to have hurt her and do whatever and she will just go meet the person w/o knowing them at all. and a hx of several past suicide attempts. doesnt have a diagnosis or constantly changing, she gave up on that. she is currently being prescribed 2 to 4mg of xanax QD(everyday) PRN, Adderral 20mg TID (3x a day) and effexor xr 225mg QD. and geodon 60mg BID (2x a day) but only as a PRN for the sexually acting out thoughts.
I was up tossing and turning until 5 AM, and today am having a rough time with uneasy feelings and diarhea. My question though, is about alcohol. I am getting off of tramadol after a year, and before that, vicodin and percocet for the first year. The tramadol wasn't supposed to be addictive, but here I am. I do not, however have a problem with alcohol, and am wondering if a drink or two tonight would be a good idea or a bad idea. Any takers?
chronic use of alcohol alters chemical production in the brain and it is common to have depression and anxiety at first. antianxiety and antidepressant meds can sometimes take weeks to reach an effective level and frequently need dosing adjustments in the beginning of therapy. the brain is screaming for the alcohol it has become used to receiving, and at first things can be rough.
but the holidays coming up are definately a good excuse for buying ! I am on Lamictal 100 mg, Geodon 80 mg 2x/day and then the above sleepers. Its almost 5 am and I'm still up. Anyone have any ideas?
But that was not found on the results… it could be that he needed a different test… He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and after 3 different medications he is now taking Geodon. After three days there he was released and he is back with us. We are waiting for the medicine to take effect. He seems a little better and is sleeping through the night at least, but he is still having disorganized thoughts, paces a lot, and can’t really sit still.
And you can actually die, rare, but it can cause you to have a seizure. I just know withdrawl from Effexor and it was a nightmare. And this was before they 'knew' about discontinuation syndrome so they kept telling me I had the flu.
It's best to avoid alcohol, and please get your doctor's opinion before drinking any. It seems that a small amount of alcohol may be ok with lithium, but that large amounts would be a really, really bad idea. Alcohol makes you pee more, which can easily dehydrate you, which is a no-no for lithium. Ask a pharmacist about the interaction as well as your doctor, since pharmacists are good with interactions.
My kids go nuts if they eat sugar, drink alcohol and eat white bread. (I may be useful to look up alternative treatments for schizofrenia and autism.) Good luck!
I take Lamictal, wellbutrin, klonopin, geodon, vistaril, and now vyvanase (although strattera helped my moods a lot better plus the ADHD symptoms it caused breathing problems at 80 mg a day). I have severe insomnia and a lot of meds work opposite on me, hence making me a 'problem child' for any pdoc I've had. So the new combo seems to be doing well, but I would like to take a smaller dosage of the strattera as well. Don't see pdoc until 10/27.
Sometimes people will have depressive and manic symptoms all mushed together, such that they are miserable and agitated and grandiose and terrified either all at once or in rapid succession. Many patients with bipolar disorder do not respond well to the types of antidepressants you have tried but do much better on drugs known as mood stabilizers.
I then took Seroquel for several years and my weight stayed stable, but still overweight 60 lbs. I then took Geodon (Zeldox) and within a year I had lost 30 lbs without changing anything in my diet or exercise. For the first 10 months I felt great. I had so much more energy, I felt like I was coming out of a long period of being a zombie. Unfortunately I had to stop Geodon because it started causing anxiety.
I'm still really concerned about what my liver is going to be like down the road, because of alcohol, meds, and the combination of the two at times. I recently was prescribed Geodon, which scared me slightly, because it was the first long term AP I was going to be on. But it did work to slow down my cycling, and it's been helping me sleep, so I guess I have to give it some credit right now. And yeah, Prozac has such a ridiculously long half life.
I experienced difficulty moving and extreme sleepiness when I took Geodon until they increased the dosage and it became activating instead of sedating. They had me take it before from the beginning because I guess they figured stuff like this would happen. I told a family member who also took it that I had gone to work before when it was difficult to move because of it and they asked me how the hell I managed that.
Congratulations on taking the first step to quitting. There's plenty of things you can do to start out on getting better. It would help if you told us how much you drink and for how long. There can be serious withdrawl symptoms if you shock your body too much and try to quit all at once. You should really check with a doctor and talk this over with him / her. They can help guide you better and interpret what your triglyceride levels mean and how to manage them. Here are some basic ideas for you.
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