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newbie [05 May 2006|05:45pm]

Hey peoples *waves*
Renee/22/aussie/schizoaffective disorder
i stopped taking seroquel because of tha
muscle spasms in my face, so my doctor changed me
zyprexa, so thought I'd join this community..
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[11 Jan 2006|04:24am]

I've noticed since i've been on zyprexa i've been manic! Im not sure why this is happening! I am also on lithium and efforex. Since ive started zyprexa though i've been up at the top with a few occassional mixed emotions! Anyone know why this could be?
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[09 Jan 2006|03:33am]

I've just been recently put on Zyprexa and cannot stop eating. I am normally 120 pounds i've gained 13 pounds in the last 2 weeks. I always need food in my mouth I cant stop eating! Is this is normal side effect? I've been reading other peoples posts and read how some individuals gained between 60-90 pounds. Im also on Efforex and Lithium as I am a bipolar. I just dont feel like myself anymore and im starting to hate the fact that medication is controlling my emotions. Is this normal? Everything seems so new to me!
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MERCK LOST [20 Aug 2005|10:35am]

After taking medications and NOT WANTING to take medications and suffering side effects, I think the drug companies should be held somewhat accountable for their actions. I am not saying that I believe that it is possible for meds to not have any side effects but I hope this will help drug companies to consider people when making choices and not just the bottomline.

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My experience with Zyprexa [13 Jan 2005|05:22pm]

I took Zyprexa for 3 years (now I take Abilify). I used to weigh 136 pounds. After taking Zyprexa for about 9 months, I had gained over 80 pounds. After the 9 month period I stopped gaining. Zyprexa makes you not give a shit about ANYTHING. In a way, that's pretty cool. But I was overly sedated, had a puffy face, always tired and was overweight. My doctor told me I could go off of Zyprexa instantly. I tried but I couldn't do it, I had severe mood problems when I stopped the drug. So I took it evey-other-day for a week or so, then every 3rd day. finally, after about 3 weeks, I was off from it. But I was taking Risperdal at the same time.
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[18 Oct 2004|05:17pm]

zyprexa fucking rocks, I barely have any obsession with violence and sex and death anymore. I used to just talk shit whenever I was nervous, about ingesting hot semen and not being able to hold it in and vomiting your juices onto your clothes, and I don't anymore. I know that's graphic but it was something I could just come up with out of nowhere and I didn't like having thoughts like that constantly. it's just, gone. recommended.
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[11 Oct 2004|08:11pm]

Well guys..its time..I'm being taken off Zyprexa. It helped a little with my anxiety, but not my obsessive thoughts. SO I'm being put on Paxil instead. Good luck to everyone! :)
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Hey guys and girls... [08 Sep 2004|10:58am]

I just wanted to check in... I haven't seen much action in this community lately. Is everyone still on Zyprexa?

After being doped up on a mixture of prescription drugs, have found myself completely drug free... and I feel pretty good. My doctor told me, that my brain chemical levels may have adjusted (as I have just gained ALOT of weight within the last year, after recovering from an eating disorder)... so that prehaps the drugs I was using were just causing more problems than helping, because my brain didn't necessarily need them anymore. Anyhow, I do have a prescription here for Concerta, if I need help focusing for school, but for now I see no need to use it.

I hope you are all doing well. :)
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[08 Jul 2004|06:34pm]

[ mood | curious ]

So I've been on 2.5 mgs of Zyprexa for 2 weeks. It's definitely helped me to feel less depressed and more social (I'm actually doing things with friends now), but I still feel anxious all of the time and still feel like I can't control the thoughts that bring on anxiety. I've still been sleeping 9-10 hours at a time, today I only got 8 and I feel like I didn't get enough sleep so far. Haven't gained any weight yet, my anxiety tends to keep me from eating, so I'm really hoping that the Zyprexa will help my anxiety lessen and stimulate my appetite.

Basically, I'm just wondering how long it took for you to see results. I know the website says it can take "several weeks" before the full effects are felt.Is it normal to feel some effects right away, and longer to feel others??

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Hello all [25 Jun 2004|05:07pm]

I hope this community is still active.

Anyway, I was just prescribed Zyprexa on Wednesday. I have major depressive disorder, and high anxiety, bordering on OCD. I've been on Prozac for the last 3 months, but it hasn't really affected me. So, instead of changing my meds, my doc prescribed Zyprexa in order to enhance the effects of the Prozac. I'm not manic at all, so I don't see why I would need an antipsychotic, but I'll give it a shot.

I'm on 2.5 mg, to be taken at night. So far, the only effect I've noticed is that it makes me sleep a lot. I slept for 10 hours on Wednesday night, and then took a 3 hours nap not 3 hours after I woke up. Figured I'd be up all night..but fell asleep an hour after taking the Zyprexa. I'm actually looking forward to possible weight gain- my anxiety and depression has caused me to lose about 10 pounds in the last 5 months, and I'm thinner than I'd like to be. I'm a bit worried about the diabetes risk, since I have hypoglycemia. But for now, i just want to be able to leave my room and feel happy again.

Just thought I'd introduce myself!
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I wash my hands clean... [23 Jun 2004|02:56pm]

No more zyprexa for me... I suddenly realized that I just didn't need it anymore. I guess it served a purpose, because I think it really did help me there for a little while... but in the end it made me start freaking out over the dumbest of things... So here I am... Zyprexa free for 2 and 1/2 weeks and going strong... weeh, go me! :)
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hello, hello [12 Jun 2004|01:12am]

[ mood | indifferent ]

I took Zyprexa for a little over a year during my experimentation process in "finding the right thing." I experienced a weight gain of about 30lbs., and at the end of that year, my hair started falling out massively. I kept asking my doc if it was the Zyprexa, but he promised it wasn't. I was using special shampoo, taking a lot of zinc, and everything, but I kept losing my hair (at the age of 22). Long story short- hair loss is a very infrequent side effect. I did enjoy Zyprexa, but I too slept through my alarm and it almost cost me my job many times. (Luckily, my boss was very empathetic.) Now- I've found that a balance of Topamax (300mg) and Klonopin (3mg), both prescribed, work well for me. As soon as I got off the Zyprexa, exercising and taking Topamax helped the weight come off. (THANKFULLY!) Back then, I was on 10mg of Zyprexa and at one point was moved up to 15mg, but it cut into other areas of my life severely, so it was reduced. Good luck to everyone on here who has to go through the shitty process of finding what works for you!

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This is it from me... I promise! [29 May 2004|11:40pm]

So I thought I'd share my friggin nightmare of a week with you all... I tried to tear myself away from my dear friend Zyprexa... :( I thought that since I had started topomax, perhaps topomax could take care of the mood stabalizing maintenance needed to be done and battaboom battabang.. but boy was I kidding myself... I've tried to get off Z before without a stabalizer and that was hell.. but man WITH topomax it was just as hellish if not even more hellish... Anyhow.. point being, dear ones... I NEED my Zyprexa... (or at least some strong drug chemically composed similarly in structure to the beast)... I hate being so dependent on a chemical to make me "normal." But on the other hand it is also nice to know that there is something out there to help what ails my brain. *Sings praises to the mucky men behind modern meds*
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seroquel, anyone??? [29 May 2004|11:34pm]

For those of you who are currently taking or have tried seroquel... how do you rate it's anxiety combating powers in comparison to zyprexa's??? I think I've pretty much given all the others except for seroquel a fair shot... and I love my zyprexa.. but I just kind of always wonder... what if seroquel would work better for me.

The one time I did try it I totally freaked out and had a racing brain all night long... It was like the worst panic attack ever!!!!!! So that kind of scares me, but at the same time I'm still almost willing to give it another shot.
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[24 May 2004|09:44pm]

I am a seventeen year old girl. Current daily med ingestion includes: 10mgs Zyprexa, 300-500mgs Seroquel, 375mgs Effexor, and exceptionally 2-4mgs Klonopin [not prescribed].

I can honestly say that Zyprexa, aside from the ubiquitous weight gain and initial zombification, has been a wonder drug for me. I was prescribed Zyprexa at age 13 (my first taste of the wonders and horrors of antipsychotics) after an outburst that resulted in a several week hospitalization. After countless SSRIs, even drugs like Paxil, Xanax, Lithium.. my doctors were inspired to try Zyprexa.

Assisted by other meds for the up-phases, Zyprexa has all but cured the down-phases [which were the worst of the two] of my original diagnoses, bipolar with psychosis.

Over the years I've dabbled in other, less "heavy" meds, that have done comparatively nothing at even large doses, and after running the gamut of psychiatric medication, I've found the mix that has utterly stabalized my life.

I'm anxious to hear more Zyprexa experiences, good and bad, glad that somebody has finally made a community centered on this particular med, and hopeful that I can offer helpful feedback to potential or new Zyprexa users.

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Networking... [24 May 2004|03:39pm]
my Yahoo screen name(prefered) is spd_guru
my MSN screen name is spd_guru __at__ hotmail.com
my AIM screenname is spdgurus

- fellow crazy
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What do prefer to be called? [23 May 2004|05:53pm]
crazy or being possessed?
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Ever feel like your medication controls ur personality? [23 May 2004|01:48pm]
May be, i am such a nice guy because of my meds? Or ethical, because of my meds?
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Zyperxa made me pee blood [23 May 2004|08:43am]
Didnt anything like that happen to you?

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bubye oink... [18 May 2004|12:39pm]

... Added topomax to the mix last night. I'm really hoping this helps the uncontrolable food cravings!
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