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Trying out ziprasidone

yo,

so I took ziprasidone again this morning. Honestly I get 0 sedation from it and it seemed to actually wake me up which is odd lol. It definitely calms my agitated thinking/feelings.
40mg a day is still quite low though as thats what I was told to start with before going up to 80mg, I doubt that is sufficient for acute psychosis. I dont really have much in terms of psychotic symptoms at moment as it seemed to of calmed down (no intrusive violent images and thoughts)

I also woke up quite a bit earlier than usual and couldnt get back to sleep as I felt pretty rested surprisingly. I usually wake up very groggy.

I read some studies on it. 1 Study said for schizophrenia that the effective dose was around 120mg a day up to 160mg a day.

Also in some of the scientific literature it stated that it also is a potent partial agonist for the 5-ht , 5ht1a receptor which is serotonin. So it could improve mood im guessing.

just writing this for a log

cheers
level

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Brave to change meds!

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its actually one of the first times im trying out a med consistently instead of using as a prn. I used risperdal as a prn in the past.

I actually went around 10 years without ever trying aps. which is crazy to think about but it happened. im sure i lost a few brain cells with the psychoses I had over the years.

i have bipolar 1 with psychosis.

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Good luck with everything @LevelJ1

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Thanks @wave :blush:

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40 mg was plenty enough to keep my psychosis in check, until I made the mistake of quitting cold turkey. If you feel good on that dose, tell your doc. She may want to taper up more slowly, or wait a bit to see how you do at that level.

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Ok awesome that is good to hear that the lower dose can work!
sorry to hear that the cold turkey didnt go well.

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good luck with the med changes =)
i hope you keep feeling good!

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Thanks @lekkerhondje :blush:

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Seems like its going good so far at 40mg.
Not sure if its enough as a mood stabilizing component or not but it seems to perk up my mood. Feel less agitated.
Visions in my head are a little less. Not thinking in paranoid ways.

No side effects yet so thats hopefully a good sign.

Cheers
Level

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I seem to be waking way earlier than usual like i wake up between 5am-7am and cant get back to sleep. I usually wake at noon. I take the evening med at 5pm maybe i should take it at 7 or 8. Or ill try and get used to being an early riser lol

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Thats a good thing, today I woke up at 6am.

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Yeah its very uncharacteristic of me i usually sleep very late and wake up groggy. But now im waking pretty early and feel rested so it just feels odd lol

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got up at 8am today so that was better than 5am. well rested. Im trying not to jynx it but I think this med is good for me.
My body seems to agree with it and it helps, feel calmer, and surprisingly better mood, but im guessing that comes with the change from agitated temperment to calm. risperdal was fine too, little more sedating as well but I just don’t like the side effect profile. seroquel was terrible felt like I was just pulsing on it and id get really restless legs.

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I took that i had bad heart problems.

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Ah I read about that side effect. I seem to be all good for that. I’ve taken it for about a week and no issues.

You’ll want to get an EKG every year just to stay on the up and up with it.

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ok will do thanks :blush:

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Trying to figure out if 40mg a day is enough to tamp down my mania. I can just feel it simmering lol. Atleast its not mixed state mania right now. I just have a ton of energy and Im channelling it into focusing on productive things.
I was told to take it for 2 weeks at 40mg so Ill just keep doing that. I dont feel out of control or anything and no psychosis right now.

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So im taking around 60mg a day now 20mg morning 40mg evening. That seems to work.
Past 2 days I tried taking it all at night instead of twice a day.
This evening by the time it had been 22 hours without another dose I started to get strange. Felt like id smoked a bunch of weed. Then I got paranoid, kept thinking people walking by on the street were watching me or out to get me. Then I kept thinking everyone driving in the cars were ghosts. and I felt like I was impaired I prob shouldnt of drove to pick up pho noodles. Then I thought I was in china when I went to pho. and all the violent thinking/impulses were back with a vengence.

so definitely sticking to the twice a day dosing!

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