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geodon withdrawal side effects

i CAME OFF geodon too quickly in -5 days. Only took it 4 months as a experiment for fears--. It left me with chronic anxiety and body tremors.. I tried the rioad back program supplements for 3 months and they blocked the symtons.When I stiopped because of a  gastric stomack they produced I had to stop therm and the initial symptons returned just as the first 2 days off the medicine. The psychiatrist says rhe medication did not cause the anxiewty/tremors which I do not believe.
   Where can I go and what can I do to detox my bodt off what this drug withdrawal did to me.  There are drufg addition centers---for cocaine/alcholo etc but I can't find one to get the effect of the geodon out of my system.
   Will saunsas over a few weeks do this? Can anyhone help or am I bound for life to have this anxiety and tremors.  I was put on ativan and used up to 3mg but am coming off 1 mg at night. It has lost its affect on calming me but I will not go up on the dosage.Rathrer I AM REDUCING IT AT NIGHT AND NOW DOWN TO LESS THAN .5 MG AT NIGHTS with no side effects.
    I still take the Body Calm supplement from Road Back program. it helps as much or more with the anxiety and trmors the Geodon left with me..
    Has anyone else had these withdrawl (withdrawal) symptoms and gotten rid of them. I was on the drug for only 4 months but 6 months later the symptons it left haunt me daily. Is there hope? Where can I go to detox it..
   Can anyone suggest a detox center that will deal with this--I have never used any illegal drugs which they all treat or drugs such as oxycotin, etc.
   Please help? songwriterdelta in Florida.
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I am sorry you are having such a hard time ,i have never heard of someone going thru withdrawals from geodon.I have never heard of a center that detoxes theses types of meds. I think if you give it a little time you Will feel much better......does your psychiatrist know have stopped this med ,has he prescribed you a replacement ....what else are you taking ....
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It must be so frustrating to be off a medication for so long and still feel the effects of it.  Did the geodon produce these symptoms?  Either way you have to live with the anxiety and body tremors.  I would talk to the psychiatrist about other medications that have few side effects and will address the problems of anxiety and body tremors, you do not need to live with this.  FYI- ativan can be super addictive, even taken as prescribed.  
Look at your options and good luck.  I understand how difficult chronic anxiety can be and I truly wish you the best
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By the way, good luck with your song writing- I know many artist who come out of a very difficult time having produced some amazing things- human angst is cruddy but makes for great artistic inspiration
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As I am sure you know Geodon is a psychotropic drug, I think you will get more help on the Medication.comm, go to Yahoo browser and type in  geodon withdrawal it will take you to a mental health forum called Medication.comm, I just checked it out there is a actual Forum much like this one but more for your kind of questions, Please check it out I think it is just what your looking for.
BEST OF LUCK
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I have been off of Geodon for 3 days now. I quit "cold turkey" I did not like the medication and felt It was doing me more harm than good. I was making poor decisions and mistakes like you would not believe. I feel really bad and my body is hurting all over. I can hardly move or get up and down. I am also having a tingling feeling in my lips. I would like advise from anyone. Oh, good luck with the songs, my son is 15 and has obtained an electic guitar "peavy", he is learning and is pretty good right now for a beginner.
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Yes, I knew it was a phytropic drug.We were experimenting with it for acute fears and it  I came off it in 4 days after it created insomina--it then left me with chronic insominia and anxiety--totally  unexpected.
    I am down to 2 mg of ativan  a day and I believe I can get off it easily as the psychiatrist says he can reduce it over a month.after the holidays.  I never took tranquilizers before this.
     I take body calm supreme capsules from the Road Back Program-- and they do stop the anxiety.  They help some on the body tremors.  I do not know why after 6 months I still have teh anxiwety and trrmebling but I do. I can only sumise it is either unresolved emotional traumas--I work on each week with a hypnotherapist --or teh drug threw my entire brain chemistry in such turmoil it can't recover yet.
     Ativan is addictive and I tookas little as I coud of it.  I can get off it. but must get the trremors stopped. They seem to start around 10 a.m. each day and last until nightfall.Thanks again all who responded.  I had hoiped I could detox the drug out of my cells. I have been told that it and ativan stay in your fat cells for up to a year=----Songwriter in the Florida panhandle.
     I am the authr ofa book on blues music that has sold 20,000 copies--have I had the Geodon blues--but I plan to fully recover.  Ial;so plan to chjeck out the medicxiation.com site as suggested. Thanks for nswering.
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Don't you feel just a little bit upset that we were prescribed this poison? The withdrawal is terrible, like for drugs which I was always afraid to try (heroin, crack). What good can this stuff do? Seriously, what the hell is wrong with the FDA? I will never go to hospital again for any reason. If I have to set my own broken bones, so be it. Doctors are just running clinical trials and post-market evaluations on us patients, human guinea pigs. I'd probably be better off with acupuncture and Chinese foot massages...
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The Road Back program claims to offer a safe way to taper off of antidepressants using a supplement called Body Calm which contains in 2 tablets: Tart cherry concentrate 1064.8 mg and Other ingredients: Rice Bran, Silicon Dioxide, according to their website.

It would be dangerous to stop medication without the guidance of your physician, not only due to the side effects of stopping the drugs but also due to the return of the symptoms they were intended to treat which can include life threatening symptoms of wanting to commit suicide.
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NICE, prefilled posts.. Lots of help!
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I was put on geodon for 2 months and wanted off of it, the withdrawals are the worst thing i have ever experienced in my life. Its the exact same thing you described: constant anxiety and body tremors. It feels like i'm crawling out of my skin. Doctors also prescribed me ativan to deal with the symptoms. It has been about a month and i am still having these problems. Coming off Geodon has pretty much ruined my life.
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I thought I would weigh in on this one. I've never posted on any site before, however, what I'm reading is EXACTLY what is happening to me.
I was prescribed Geodon on Monday the 16th. I started with one 60mg capsule then he wanted me to take 2 the second night and continue with that dosage. I took the first one, fell asleep sitting up...I didn't feel comfortable with 2 so soon, so I took 1 cap for 2 more nights. On Thursday night I went up to 2. I started feeling my skin crawling somewhat on Wed. Like an idiot, I still continued on. I haven't slept at all since Thursday. Sunday the tremors, vomiting, and migranes (migraines) hit hard!!! I was very distracted because my skin was crawling, and the anxiety and fear of this medicine being in me just messed me up! My bp was 144/97 with 86 heart rate while resting. I already take Diovan for high bp. I can't imagine what might have happened if I didn't take the bp meds that day. So...I woke my husband to let him know my bp and that I HAD to take the medicine since cold turkey could be scary with lots of these mind meds. I took that last 60 mg pill. I seriously thought I was gonna die. I'm a stay at home mom with a 9 year old Aspie, and a 2 year old. The fear was intense! I since have been coming off this vile poison. It's hell on earth. The twitching, the jerking, just basically no control of my mind and body have taken over. The mood swings, and minor things I can handle. The migranes (migraines) are unbearable. I'm afraid to take any other meds, for fear that mixing any drug with this toxic drug, would kill me. That's some big fear!!! Called my doc yesterday, explained all to him. He seemed surprised, can you believe that? He said that he's never had anyone have side effects from this. Well, HELLO then! it's me. He called in a drug called benztropine, It has made a difference. My twitching and jerking have relocated to inside my body and not out. I feel tired, but still can't sleep. My teeth ache, my hair is coming out (stress I guess) I don't trust myself, my mind or my body. I'm able to eat and drink. My head is clearer. I think I'm recovering. I'm sorry for anyone having to come off this. But... I say buck up and be adamant with you doc to get you off this SLOWLY. I will never take any meds like this again. I have "seen the light" I will be more proactive in my med therapy. As I'm sitting here typing, skin crawling, body aching, freezing, with a migrane (migraine) looming. I think I see a glimpse of the end of the tunnel. There is good to be found in this mess, I know how much my family needs me and I need them. I am blessed. Hang in there all.
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  I was put on Geodon a few years ago, and hated the way it made me feel. My psychiatrist said I had to continue the drug or he would stop treating me. I took it for approximately six months because of this. Finally, I became fed up, and quit that Dr. Obviously, I had to quit the medicine cold turkey since I quit my Dr. The withdrawal symptoms were insane. I felt like my blood was boiling. My anxiety was through the roof, and I was sweating while being freezing. I was in shambles. I had to call my husband home from work several times to help me with my son. I felt completely overwhelmed by the simplest of tasks, like laundry and dishes. Eventually, I began to feel normal again. It took several weeks.
  Well, I had a baby 9 weeks ago, and my anxiety became unmanagable again. I went to a general practitioner, and when he said he wanted to try me on Geodon, I became naseous. I told him how it made me feel before, and he said it was strange.I was desperate, though, and he wouldn't offer me anything else until I at least tried it. So, against my better judgement, I picked it up at the pharmacy, and began taking it. It took 3 doses for those awful feelings to come back. Luckily it was on the weekend, so my husband was home. I felt immense feelings of dettatchment from my orecious baby. I was angry, and once again, totally overwhelmed by every day tasks. Now I am once again feeling the awful withdrawals. It was only three doses!!!! This is crazy. I will never take this medicine again, and I strongly urge everyone else in the world to do the same. I should have trusted my own body and my own judgement. I feel like such an idiot for trusting that Dr.
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My doctors never believe me when I tell them what Geodon has done to me, as put me through. At this point in my life I'm disabled and struggling with bipolar and physical symptoms, and I was put on Geodon approximately a year and a half ago.

I've now told several doctors of my side effects and withdrawal effects (all those listed above and then some) and the response is always the same: "I've never heard of these symptoms with Geodon," "Geodon is not addictive," "Geodon doesn't cause withdrawal symptoms," and most recently, "The amount you're taking is so small, like a baby dose, not enough to make any difference at all."

This is my third or fourth attempt at kicking this drug. It is hell and I will never forgive the doctors that put me on it without informing me of its dangers. The seeming ignorance of one doctor after another about Geodon leads me to believe that the medical community is VERY poorly informed about this medicine--and yet they continue to prescribe it as a first try bipolar med and for other uses at the drop of a hat, with no hint of the hell that can result.

And for all these doctors' ignorance, a moment online with Google brings up page after page after page of others who are or have suffered the same way we have. That so many doctors "have never heard of" our symptoms is a crime and completely unacceptable. I believe that Geodon causes permanent neurological damage as evidenced by the tremors and tics so many of its users find themselves afflicted with.

Personally, my willpower is dwindling, and I'm finding it harder and harder to kick the stuff. I'm praying I'm wrong about permanent damage, and that the symptoms will go away once the drug is out of my system, but I'm not holding my breath either.

To those on the med, get off it as soon as you can. To those not yet taking it, don't.
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I have read several testimonies from patients using Geodone. It had mixed reviews with everyone having one thing in common. They all live in a constant drug induced state from one drug to another. when does mental health supercede physical well being.
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I been on geodon for years I got off it once in a bad time in my life freaked and tried to kill myself, now the doctors have me on 280 mg and i been on it for 3 years reading all your stories scare the hell outa me i'm ready to stop taking it cold turkey tonight, I been doing some reserching and it's a unsafe drug i'm not an idiot but this drug makes me one. My husband don't want me to get off the med because of what I did last time I went off the meds but I can no longer live like this anymore I wanna be normal again, I will let you know how the withdrawl (withdrawal) goes i'm going off tonight, I hope it's not as bad as all you guys have had
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My husband is on Geodon  for Bi-Polar and he went without it for 10 weeks and I never heard the first complaint out of him about any Wd's.  It has changed his life for the better. He was going through MAJOR cycles and was driving me crazy with his up's and down's. Now that he is on it there are no up's or down's just a perfect happy medium like a person should feel. In my opinion it is Ok in my book. My Dr actually put me on it for some reason. Maybe to help me sleep cause at that time that was all I said. Anyways it made me like a zombie all day. It did help me sleep but I couldn't keep my eyes open the next day. He gave me one the other night when I was having anxiety from Sub Wd's and it calmed me down and I went to sleep and slept for a day LOL...  I hate that ppl are having such a rough go at coming off it. I wish you all the best
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i have been on Geodon now for 4 months i was put on 40mg twice a day but after all the side affects i reduced to once in the evening for the passed 2 months. Its not you songwriter it is the Geodon for I have had the exact same experience. what i have found is Raw meal and Super greens by Gardens of Life helps me to tolerate Geodon and helps with the addictive grip Geodon is holding on me. I have been on Raw meal and Super greens for about a month i take a dose of both in the AM and when i feel an anxiety attack coming on. I started reducing slowly the Geodon and am starting to feel better again. looking to reduce for 30 days and then reduce Geodon again. I am looking forward to getting off this addictive drug
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Ok heres a little help to see what I can do. My wife was on seroquel and geodon for over 4 years. She ended up awake but not coherent. So heres what we did. I put my wife on a brain vitamin regime and were talking large doses well her meds quit working altogether. So we admitted her and they addid more pills and upped her seroquel. No change. So I told her flat out stop all meds. She is experiingcing chill tremors worry anxiety ect. So we upped her b vitamins and added Lilac tea which is made from boiling lilac blooms in water. When she gets irratable anxious chills ect. the lilac calms her and she feels better. My suggestion is if you have schizophrenia or bipolar then have your b vitamins and mineral analysis done. Good rescource is Dr. Abram Hoffer. His research is where I got the idea of heal the mind. All mental disorders like shizophrenia and bipolar are due to a chemical imbalance in the brain and your doctors will tell you that. However they wont tell you they need to balance you chimically thru vitamins and diet instead they are paid big money from drug companies to keep you sick or worse.
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So i've been on geodon for 4 years now, I'm coming off it. I've been been on medications since i was five due to my parents thinking were if we have a problem throw a pill at it. Anywho, I can not stress this enough do not come off the medication cold turkey. The detox process is such: depending one what MG you are on you need to gradually come off it. what you are probably experiencing is you bodies need for the drug and it can not find it so its reacting violently. If your on 80mg that a very high dosage, make a schedual and work you way down to 60mg in a month then 40g another month, then 20mg, the other mother than try taking the 20 every other day then you will hopefully be able to come off it. Hope this helps. I have had none of those side effects with that method.
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there are centers that do geodon withdrawal and detox. alternatives to meds center,1-800-301-3753, does deal with geodon addiction and detox. geodon is said to have one of the most complex,and challenging withdrawal of any prescription medicine. long term use of geodon can cause addiction. withdrawal symptoms can be so hard that withdrawal symptoms can cause some people to keep using geodon,rather than discontinuing use,and dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. my fiancé has been taking geodon for a long time,if he is late taking a dose,he does experience withdrawal symptoms,so while it might be great for short term,it definitely can cause problems for people.
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