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Re: Anti Psychotics for Insomnia and ?

Posted by Penny on October 20, 2003, at 14:16:31

In reply to Anti Psychotics for Insomnia and ?, posted by DanielJ on October 20, 2003, at 13:24:20

> After reading several posts today, I have to ask this question. I have noticed some patients are taking anti-psychotic meds for insomnia, anxiety etc even though they do not have psychosis. Are there risks taking these drugs for lesser problems? Could they in fact cause psychotic behavior in a patient who doesn't have them prior to taking them? They are powerful drugs with an intended use, isn't it a risk to use them where other medications with less side effects would suffice? ps Just asking.

Actually, many sleep meds have more side effects than the atypicals. I have been on both Seroquel and Geodon with *no* side effects (other than the intended SE of drowiness), and actually have also reaped the benefit of Geodon calming me when I was feeling suicidal. I have also been on Ambien and Sonata with no problem. But a good friend of mine took Ambien and experienced hallucinations.

As with all psych meds (and with other meds), the 'FDA approved use' doesn't mean that's all the med is good for. I've taken propranolol (a beta-blocker) for migraines. Lamictal was only recently approved for use as a mood stabilizer, but has been used in that way for a while, even though it was initially intended as just an anticonvulsant.





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