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Re: Started Geodon, off Zyprexa

Posted by SLS on September 28, 2001, at 11:47:02

In reply to Started Geodon, off Zyprexa, posted by Collete on September 28, 2001, at 9:32:28

> As suggested here, I tapered off my 2.5 mg dose of Zyprexa with no real side effects except for the return of irritablity, when I finally stopped taking it completely. Zyprexa was a wonder drug for me (combined with 20mg Prozac) but I had to stop because the appetite stimulation was more than I could overcome. I have never experienced anything like that...even when I was pregnant! I still have the appetite (off it for 4 days now) but my pdoc says that will stop soon.
> As expected, he said he had another med to try and I piped in with "Geodon", which was correct. He said to take 20 mg in the AM and then another 20 at about 3:00, but I could try taking the second one earlier or even just take 40 in the AM. (This, so that it doesn't keep me up all night.) I just took my first 20mg and will keep you posted. It's hard not to wish for the immediate effect that I had with Zyprexa, but I am trying to be realistic. Collette

Hi Collette.

Good luck with the Geodon. I've been on 40mg/day for about a week in an attempt to treat a difficult bipolar depression. I take 20mg in morning and evening. I find it to be a lot "cleaner" than Zyprexa as far as side effects are concerned. It has not increased my appetite at all, and didn't affect my speech like Zyprexa did. It doesn't make me sleepy, but it doesn't cause me insomnia either. Many people do complain about insomnia, and some about becoming "hyper". I think it is helping a bit, but I don't think I'll see much benefit unless I change my antidepressant combination first. I've been taking Effexor, nortriptyline, and Lamictal. I'm thinking about switching from Effexor to Nardil.

Again, good luck.

- Scott




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