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Old 03-25-2016, 07:52 AM   #1
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Using generic meds for Bipolar: Geodon and Depakote

Hi! Wondering if anyone has had trouble with Apotex Geodon or Aurobindo Depakote? Our pharmacy keeps changing the makers of these generic drugs. Very frustrating!

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Old 06-07-2017, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: Using generic meds for Bipolar: Geodon and Depakote

I am on Geodon, it doesn't do much for me in terms of psychotic episodes unless I pair it with lithium, and the Geodon is supposed to help me with my weight, and it had worked previously in that department.

When I was first diagnosed as Bipolar before schizoaffective, the first mood stabilizer they put me on was Depakote and I couldn't function. I was in an outpatient program and my mother had to drive me there, because I was literally sleep walking. I was so sedated that I couldn't do anything. I couldn't even keep my head up. Everyone is different though, and I think same goes for the weight gain on that drug.

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Old 07-14-2017, 04:48 PM   #3
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Re: Using generic meds for Bipolar: Geodon and Depakote


I was on put Geodon after Risperdal started giving making me gain weight and feel like a zombie. For the first few months everything was okay and I felt kinda normal, but then it happened. I was in class and all the sudden I couldn't focus my eyes and they kept rolling upwards. Very frightening! I was rushed to the hospital where they gave me a huge does of Benadryl .. a few minutes later my eyes returned to normal and I could see again. The ER doctors told me it was a common reaction to psych medications and not to worry. So I kept taking Geodon and my regular doctor just gave me something to counter-act the reaction I had (and kept having for months). I eventually changed doctors and thank goodness I did. My new doctor immediately changed my medications and told me I was actually having an allergic reaction to the Geodon. Idk why it took months for me to have a reaction .. but man it was a horrible one.

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