Geodon vs Risperidone
-Works very well for my negative symptoms
-Lowers my appetite which helps me lose weight
-Takes away my sex drive which is a pro for me bc it triggers my psychosis
-Only positive symptom it worked for was voices, did not help with anything else
-If I take it during the day it heavily sedates me and makes me unable to drive or really go anywhere for long periods of time due to side effects (also makes me dizzy and lightheaded)
-When I tried to take it only at night I begin getting bad withdrawal effects in the morning (anxiety, strong gag reflex, vomiting, etc)
-Completely took away all my positive symptoms
-No akathisia or anxiety
-Made negative symptoms slightly worse
-10 lb a month weight gain (though this may have been due to the elevated prolactin)
Both meds prevent me from orgasm but Wellbutrin helps to reverse that so I would probably ask to stay on a small dose of Wellbutrin with either.
I’m so conflicted because geodon was really so wonderful for my negative symptoms and now that I’m going off they’re coming back again and it’s miserable. But Risperidone was so amazing for my positive symptoms and didn’t come with side effects that negatively impacted my functioning and ability to go places independently. I’m not sure what the solution is for this and I’ll ask my doctor but what do you guys think?
If only I didn’t get withdrawal from geodon maybe I could take it at night and Risperidone during the day. But that could create worse issues w prolactin because both elevate it, even if I do go on something to help with that. And the double dopamine blockade could give me higher risk for TD later on.
I’m just not sure what to think.
(Summary: Geodon works really well for my negative symptoms but not positive, risperidone works really well for my positive but not negative, wondering if I could somehow have the best of both worlds)