I was diagnoses with schizophrenia 6 years ago in college. I began having auditory hallucinations and new right away that something was really wrong. I received excellent psychiatric care and am stable on Geodon. I still hear voices but the are very muffled and don't trouble me. I got married a couple of years ago, and last year I had a healthy baby girl. I took Geodon throughout my pregnancy. She was 4 lbs at birth, but APGAR was 9 and we brought her home right away. She babbles, is bright, healthy, and active, but at almost a year old she does not sit up on her own. The pediatrician doesn't seem to awfully concerned, but now is suggesting that we have her looked at by a developmental specialist.
Also, since I had the baby I began have EPS (staring). My doc told me to take Cogentin, but I don't take it all the time.
Now I'm pregnant again, and he wants to switch me to seroquel or zyprexa because of my eps, or I have to promise to take the cogentin daily. I'm worried about all the medication, and wondering if the geodon could have anything to do with my little girl's slow sitting up. She doesn't crawl, scoot, or stand either.
I'm scared and I don't know what to do. Any advice?
I can't really help you too much with your inquiry. i hope someone else comes along that may be able to help you better. I just wnted to say "don't worry too much about your baby developing slowly. my son has just turned two and it's only in the last few months that he has been able to walk. he was a very late developer and didn't crawl for the longest time. he stayed in the nursery with babys until he was 18 months old when he should have been in the toddlers room." They all develop in their own time. Give it some time and if in anohter 6 months or more you don't see improvements then go and get it checked out.
I try not to be concerned about my daughter. It was easier to feel comfortable about it when she was 9-10 months old. I have no choice but to wait and see. I just don't know what to do about the Geodon. I am more scared about my psychiatrists suggestion to change anti-psychotics in my first trimester. What if I change to seroquel and it doesn't work or I react badly to it?
You should really ask your doctor about the side affects of this medication for pregnant women.
Wish you the best of luck, I am on Geodone, but I am Bipolar. Just was looking around in this section. The doctors are always asking me if I hear voices or see things, but every time I tell them I don't have that problem. But they still put me on Geodone.
I do know one thing about the Geodone, it is bad if I miss a dose, I sleep fitfully and can't do anything until I take the pills and go back to sleep. It can wipe out a whole day just missing one does of Geodone.
Funny you should ask, yes is the answer. I am regimented in taking my Geodon. If not, you are right, it throws me all off. I take my evening dose at 9pm, and I am consistent in doing it at that time. It sort of curtails evening activities for me. My husband is really understanding about it, thank goodness, he's not a party guy. When we are out in the evening I really try to plan for the evening to be ending at around 9 so I can take my meds. It's not a very exciting way to live at a young age, but it is better than letting myself get all turned upside down. If there is something I really MUST do in the later evening I will "split" my dose and take half at 9pm and the rest when I can finish up my evening and get to bed. Yes, it's really a headache, but it is the way I must live to keep the voices under control.
About asking my doc about side effects and pregnancy, I did the first time and he agreed I should continue to take it. There are not enough studies in women to prove one way or another that it is unsafe, so I stayed on the med and it seemed to work ok.
One of my college friends is bipolar. Her biggest problem seems to be that she won't stay on her meds. When she doesn't she really goes off the deep end. She takes lithium.
Thanks for responding to me.
How old were you when you were diagnosed? How long have you been taking geodon?
I suffered child abuse (physical and sexual) and sometime in my teens I was diagnosed with Bipolar I, Over the years they added Attention Deficit Disorder, Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive / Compulsive Disorder, and Borderline Personality. I don't take medication for anything other then the Bipolar now.
I take 2 pills at around 6pm because the doctor kept stressing how important it is to eat when I take the meds.
My husband is in a band and will keep me out til 2 or later in the morning. So on them nights I don't take any pills until I come home. It does not throw me off taking it later. It still helps me get to sleep.
I have only been on the Geodone 2 or 3 years. I use to have trouble taking pills and staying on them. That was before I found out what happens when I miss the Geodone.
I have been on quite a few different meds, they had me on Lithium when first diagnosed. I have also been on Rispuderal, Clonezpam, Wellbutrin, Ritilan, Stratera, Prozac, and some others I can't remember. A lot of trial and error. And I was bad a few years back when I got divorced, I hit bottom with my depression and it seemed like forever before the depression went away, it took more then 6 months before I got the right meds. I am re-married now and thankful for a better husband this time around. My ex didn't understand my mental illness, he didn't tolerate it at all. He would get mad if I was upset.
But what helps is knowing that people love me, and it is ok to have a mental illness, there are people around me that care about me. I didn't always feel that way. That has helped me out alot.
I was misdiagnosed at first as just having depression, then I had manic moods and that is like taking drugs - a natural high that the body produces. I never wanted meds because I never wanted to come down off the manic side. But since I started all the meds I have never had another manic mood, little sad about that. Really missed that up side of things.
I have trouble with racing thoughts, I have a lot of bad feelings towards myself, and I can really bring myself down if left to listen to my thoughts too long. I make sure to always have the TV on when I go to bed, just so I don't start thinking. I don't want to make myself sad, so I just listen to the tv until I fall asleep. Let my husband turn the tv off when he comes to bed.
I use to have trouble with Sleep Paralysis, boy that is a scary thing to have happen to you. It is like your mind woke up and your body didn't. And it feels like someone is in the room, so it can really scare me good. Only lasts a few minutes, but I have gotten out of bed at a full run, just to get to another room where a person was. Knock on wood I think I grew out of that.
Anyway, it was nice meeting you, and look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks for listening.
I am taking Geodone and Zanax. I have been to three mental hospitals and put on a lot of pills but this seems to be the best combination. My husband and I are wanting to have a child and my psych told me I would have to go off the Zanax and Geodone the first trimester. I am worried about how I will be during this time. Also I have been on birth control for a number of years so it could take 10 days to over a year before I become pregnant so going without Geodone and Zanax could last a long time. When I don't take them I can't sleep, have racing thoughts, and I am basically self destructive.