geodone

Literally the funniest encounter I’ve ever had with a resident in the Emergency Department.

After giving narcan to an overdose, we couldn’t keep him calm. He was screaming, trying to get up, trying to kick and bite staff, making no sense, and had to be held down by staff and security. We gave him 2mg of ativan IV to no effect. over the course of the next hour, he was put in bilateral wrist restraints, received two more doses of 2mg ativan IV, 20mg of geodon IM, 10mg of haldol IV, and a 20mg ketamine dose IV. He finally relaxed after the ketamine.

30 minutes pass, and the inpatient residents arrive. He starts becoming agitated again and I have to come in and hold the patient to the bed because hes swinging his legs over the rails. I give them the entire story, and the resident says “don’t worry, I wrote for some medication that should calm him down.”

I grab my computer and look at the order, and they ordered 1mg of versed.

I lost it.

I’ve given 90 year old women more versed than that and they still walk to the bathroom by themselves. and this resident honestly thought that was going to do something.

I called their attending and told him I needed an order for another 20 of ketamine, a precedex drip, and an ICU order. he came down the hall, saw the patient, and said “oh wow. okay.” and that was the end of it.

Keep learning, my friends!

A little bit of lithium in my life

A little bit of lexapro by my side

A little bit of geodon 80 mg is all I need

A little bit of ambein is what I see

A little bit of geodon 40mg in the sun

A little bit of trazadone all night long

A little bit of klonopin here I am

A little bit of you makes me your man!!!

I’m changing medications.

Ive been on low dose Abilify for about a year and a half. The only side effects I had were it made me sleepy and hungry all the time which resulted in me having put on like 50lbs. That was too much weight gained and I was tired of buying new pants so I talked to my doc.

Tomorrow Im starting minimum dose Ziprasidone. Hopefully I can lose some of this weight or at least stop gaining it and have very little other side effects.

Honestly Im probably okay to go off my meds all together (my doc even suggested it) but with me going back to school in a few months, now is not the time to try that.

So hopefully I get a good reaction from the new meds.

What Happens When You Choose to Stop a Medicine on Your Own? 2/19/2016

This is a really, really, important post. I’m writing it not just so I have something to refer back to, but also in hopes that this will encourage more people to take their medicine on time and every day in order to stay in top health.

So what could happen if you don’t take your meds? A lot of people may assume you can get by just fine by going cold turkey off a medicine (by “cold turkey” I mean completely stopping taking the medicine very suddenly). I admit, I’m guilty of thinking this way, too (as recently as yesterday morning!). But I’m telling you the honest truth when I say choosing to go cold turkey off medicine is a very, seriously dangerous thing. Let me tell you some stories about when I’ve gone off certain meds:

1) Xanax. Xanax is in a class of medicine called benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as “benzos”. In March of 2015, towards the end of the month, I was admitted to a psych ward. The doctor there took me off all my meds and put me on solely Xanax, 0.5mg four times daily. The Xanax kept me calm, but it did nothing to quell my psychotic symptoms. So the doctor put me on an antipsychotic called Loxapine and continued the Xanax four times a day. I got out of the hospital April 2 after 10 days in the psych ward. I had only received two doses of my Xanax that day. I got all my prescriptions filled and went home. This doctor, we’ll call him Dr. M, and I never, ever got along. I assumed I knew better about what I needed than he did. So, I assumed “Hey, I’m on antipsychotics again. I don’t need Xanax!” So I stopped it cold turkey right then and there. Three days later, on April 5th, at my boyfriend’s parents’ house, I had a seizure at the breakfast table. I remember finishing my waffles and fruit for breakfast, then the next moment paramedics were examining me and I had no idea what the hell was going on. I asked my boyfriend why there were paramedics looking at me, and he said “Brigette, you had a seizure.” I didn’t remember anything that had happened in the last 20 minutes. My mom came and took me to the hospital where I stayed the next two nights and got out April 8th. Needless to say, that was shitty time spent. But the worst part? In Michigan, the law says a person cannot drive for 6 months after losing consciousness. So, in my decision that I was smarter than my doctor, I had a seizure on Easter morning, spent three days in a hospital, and lost my independence for 6 months.

2) Latuda and Geodon. February of 2015, I was taking both Latuda and Geodon (I actually am on the same combination again, but at different times during the day). One day late that month, I got pretty suicidal. Not enough to attempt, but enough to seriously consider ending my life. So I was admitted to a psych ward. That night, I was not given either Latuda or Geodon. It was easily the most bizarre night of my life. I had no clue what was going on. My reality was very, very distorted. I was talking to inanimate objects and shadows, going so far as to name them and give them personalities (the only one I clearly remember was Jamison, the shadow caused by a box of tissues on the nightstand). I went to pull my blankets over my body so I could sleep, but I was severely hallucinating and the blanket looked like it was alive. In a fit of rage, I threw my blanket to the ground and kicked it, trying to make it stop moving. I eventually gave up and went to lie down on my bed. I slept for a little while, and woke up feeling different. I thought the hospital staff had injected some kind of serum into my brain while I slept to make me feel different. Now I was really, really enraged. I almost went out into the hallway, yelling, “What are you doing, giving me living blankets and putting stuff in my head while I sleep?! WHAT?!” But I knew the rules of psych wards even at my most psychotic moments, so I kept my mouth shut and laid on my bed, very cold and shivering because I refused to use the “living” blanket (It would take three nights for me to be convinced that the blanket was not alive and was not trying to kill me). The next day, I was hardly able to function. I could not eat, I could not keep my head up, I was not very responsive when people talked to me. Keep in mind this was all withdrawal from not having the meds for one night. Eventually I was put on Trilafon and discharged. But that night without my meds has stuck with me very clearly about a year later.

3) Various other meds, such as Loxapine, Geodon, Latuda, and other antispychotics. Going off these meds has lead me to do dangerous things like cut my arm in a severe delusion, eat very little, drink very little, sleep very little, and make my symptoms get worse for days even after I get back on the med.

I could post a little more, but I don’t want this post to be too long. My point in telling these stories is that very serious and dangerous physical, emotional and mental side effects can occur if you do not take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor. I am telling you this as someone who has suffered those different types of side effects. I’m not trying to scare you into take your meds, but I want you to be well aware of what could happen if you choose to risk your health by not listening to your doctor.

My best advice to you is:

1) Find a psychiatrist you get along with, trust, and who knows you and your reaction to certain meds.

2) Take your meds as prescribed by that psychiatrist.

3) If a med seems to not be working or causing undesirable side effects, talk to your doctor before stopping it. It may be a med where the best way to get off it is to slowly taper your intake of it until it reaches zero.

These three steps will keep you safe, healthy, and on the road to a quicker recovery from your illness.

anonymous asked:

Do you know aanything about geodon? They want to put me on it or something else and it seemed less bad tgab the other options

Hey there! unfortunately I don’t have any first-hand knowledge about geodon, so my research is as good as yours.

Does any of my followers have geodon experiences they’re willing to share?

Cat

Me/ Clean Counter/ Recovery Progress/ How I’m Doing

Medication Management: I am now on Geodon 20mg once daily, still working great. :||

Self-Harm (Defined as, if it went wrong, I could die, e.g. cutting,) Days clean as of 05-17-19 –>  Two Years, 144 days (975 days) THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE.  

Self-Medicating (Defined as the usage of meds or substances that one does not need in order to achieve a high OR to induce a sleep and pass out) Days clean as of 05-17-19 –> 122 days.

EDNOS/OSFED: 05-17-19  Days In FULL Recovery: 85– THIS IS THE LONGEST I HAVE EVER GONE

Suicidal Thoughts: None

Panic Attacks/ Intrusive Thoughts: No

Secrecy/Isolation: Nope

Dissociation: Days without incident as of 05-17-19 —> One year, 231 days (593 days). THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE

Me/ Clean Counter/ Recovery Progress/ How I’m Doing

Medication Management: I am now on Geodon 20mg once daily, still working great. :||

Self-Harm (Defined as, if it went wrong, I could die, e.g. cutting,) Days clean as of 05-14-19 –>  Two Years, 141 days (972 days) THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE.  

Self-Medicating (Defined as the usage of meds or substances that one does not need in order to achieve a high OR to induce a sleep and pass out) Days clean as of 05-14-19 –> 119 days.

EDNOS/OSFED: 05-14-19  Days In FULL Recovery: 82– THIS IS THE LONGEST I HAVE EVER GONE 

Suicidal Thoughts: None

Panic Attacks/ Intrusive Thoughts: No

Secrecy/Isolation: Nope

Dissociation: Days without incident as of 05-14-19 —> One year, 228 days (593 days). THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE

Me/ Clean Counter/ How I’m Doing/Recovery Progress

Medication Management: I am now on Geodon 20mg once daily, still working great. :||

Self-Harm (Defined as, if it went wrong, I could die, e.g. cutting,) Days clean as of 05-04-19 –>  Two Years, 131 days (962 days) THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE.  

Self-Medicating (Defined as the usage of meds or substances that one does not need in order to achieve a high OR to induce a sleep and pass out) Days clean as of 05-04-19 –> 109 days.
– I also attended my first NA meeting last week and am currently looking into sponsors.

EDNOS/OSFED: 05-04-19  Days In FULL Recovery: 72

Suicidal Thoughts: None

Panic Attacks/ Intrusive Thoughts: No

Secrecy/Isolation: Nope

Dissociation: Days without incident as of 05-04-19 —> One year, 218 days (583 days). THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE

Me/Clean Counter/ How I’m Doing/Recovery Progress

Medication Management: I am now on Geodon 20mg once daily, still working great. :||

Self-Harm (Defined as, if it went wrong, I could die, e.g. cutting,) Days clean as of 4-12-19 –>  Two Years, 109 days (940 days) THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE.  

Self-Medicating (Defined as the usage of meds or substances that one does not need in order to achieve a high OR to induce a sleep and pass out) Days clean as of 4-12-19 –> 87 days.

EDNOS/OSFED: 4-12-19  Days In FULL Recovery: 50

Suicidal Thoughts: None

Panic Attacks/ Intrusive Thoughts: A few intrusive thoughts along the lines of drugs and the EDNOSE/OSFED stuff, but still in the green. Thank you to everyone who offered me support when I asked for it. xoxo

Secrecy/Isolation: Nope

Dissociation: Days without incident as of 4-12-19 —> One year, 196 days (561 days). THIS IS THE LONGEST THAT I HAVE EVER GONE

going to adjust my lamictal tonight...

To avoid the unnecessary Dizziness and cross-eyed vision and severe, drowsiness with nausea, I’m NOT taking my Oxycodone for pain tonight, as my chest is fine right now.
and I’m cutting my 200mg Lamictal in half, taking half tonight, and the other in the morning, and then my Topamax and Geodone as prescribed. 

Lord please let this work. 

annnnddd Amen.