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  1. Hello . I'm on a high dose of Seroquel, so I've been getting EPS-like symptoms such as feeling the need to cross my legs constantly and weave my fingers together. I've tried two medications for it: Artane (trihexyphenidyl) and Cogentin. Both made me tired and Artane messed with my memory. My doctor decided as an alternative to prescribe Amantadine. I did some brief research and almost every article I read indicated that it can react adversely for those who suffer MI, with even the Wikipedia page suggesting it can exacerbate Schizophrenia. I'm just coming out of a psychotic episode, so I don't want to come close to taking something that could me to decompensate again. Does anyone have experience with this med? Did it aggravate your MI symptoms at all?
  2. I have a weird symptom that i was wondering if anyone has experienced as well. Anytime I'm on a combination of Geodon and Zoloft, which otherwise has been working well for me, I do these weird things with my hands. My right hand is positioned as if I'm holding a pencil, and I trace shapes repeatedly and quickly. Sometimes it's a triangle, sometimes a square or others... I can stop it when I'm conscious of it, but as soon as I'm not paying attention to it, my hand starts going again. I've tried sitting on my hand and it doesn't help. Then there's my left hand... I hold it as if I'm pill rolling, but without the rolling motion. Over time my grip gets tighter and tighter and it leaves nail marks in my palm. My pdoc has never seen anything like it. He talked to some neurologists and they don't know either. He eventually just said that it's a side effect of being bipolar. I think that's BS because it seems directly related to my meds. I've been on Geodon and Zoloft separately and it didn't happen. But when they are combined, it comes back. I just requested benztropine(Cogentin) because it seems like eps to me (and benztropine helped when I had eps from Risperdal). I'm hoping it helps but either way, I'd like to know if anyone has experienced anything like this. Diagnosis: bipolar 1, adhd, eating disorder, anxiety, etc... Meds: Geodon, Zoloft, Tegretol, Ativan, Cogentin(new)
  3. Hello, From everything I have read, it sounds like Risperdal may be "my new best friend" given that my recurring dysphoric mania makes me "want to smash everything in sight." But I am VERY concerned about the cardiac risks (family history), metabolic changes, and EPS. I am more comfortable with the RIGHT typicals than most atypicals. Pdoc prefers mid-potency typicals like perphenezine for a patient like me but I tried that and it was like taking a water pill. Had zero effect on me. He suggested Vraylar instead but I don't like taking brand new drugs. For example, my best success on ANY drug has been on a MAOI.
  4. Lately I've been having these odd muscle twitches. It's like energy builds up in my muscles until I *have* to flex them, usually jerkily. It happens in my lower arms, my shoulders, and my upper legs. I just wasn't sure if this was EPS or something else. It keeps me from going to sleep sometimes, though taking Klonopin seems to help it. I take an AAP every day and an older AP as needed so I know I'm taking things that put me at risk of EPS. I increased my Lamictal dosage recently: could that be causing these twitches? My other issue is with my breathing. It started not long after I first started taking psych meds in 2011. Basically, sometimes I can only take a nice deep breath every few minutes, not as often as I would naturally take a full deep breath. Attempts in between result in shortness of breath. It's worse at night: I have to sit up to sleep sometimes. It was worst when I was taking lithium, and it seems to have worsened since I added it back into my regimen recently, though I'm only taking a small dose. I went to a doctor back in '11 to see what the deal was and three different doctors gave me three different answers. I don't think any of them thought to see if my meds might have been causing the problem. Just curious if others have experienced breathing issues on their meds, and which ones. Anyway, going to be talking to my pdoc about all this next week, but I always like to run things by here too.
  5. hey, everyone i have a "bit" of a problem and was wondering if any of you have the same, or any tips to help me out. see, while i was on bupropion, i had some naaasty EPS with metoclopramide, dimenhydrinate AND bromopride. from what i can recall, before i started taking bupropion i had no problem with dimenhydrinate or metoclopramide. i hate flying so i travel by bus (a lot). i usually take some clonazepam to "pass out" while on the road but, as some of you may have experienced, if you wake up in the middle of your sleep while on clonazepam you have no problem staying awake. and if i stay awake, i get motion sick. i asked my doctor if i had any hope left to not throw my guts and brains up next time i hit the road and she said i should try this Zofran (ondansetron) thing. i read some stuff about it and it actually said the EPS incidence is low. but i'm still a little suspicious. have any of you tried it, is it good? do any of you know if Zofran should work with my conditions & meds? i have bipolar II, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis and hypothyroidism. i take 250mg of lamictal, 100mg of topiramate, 1mg of clonazepam, 20mg of cyclobenzaprine and 125mcg of levothyroxine. oh and the occasional tramadol for the stenosis. any tips on how to avoid motion sickness and/or EPS are very much welcome thanks in advance!
  6. Hey guys, I've been having tongue jerking as a side effect of taking Zyprexa and Navane (a typical AP) for about a year now. I've kicked Zyprexa to the curb last year and I'm finally tapering off Navane so we (my pdoc and I) hope that the tongue jerking will stop by the time I get off of the Navane. But she suggested something to me today that was kind of strange. She suggested that I take Fazaclo, not clozapine for my tongue jerking if it doesn't stop on its own. But I got off of clozapine because I had a severe allergic reaction to it. Wont I have an allergic reaction to Fazaclo as well? Or is that brand different enough from the generic clozapine that I won't have an allergic reaction to it? I'm hoping going off the Navane will do the trick but otherwise I have to seriously consider the Fazaclo. Help!
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