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Has Anyone Tried Generic Geodon Yet?

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#1 sickart

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 08:17 PM

My pharmacist mentioned generic Geodon was now available. Has anyone tried it yet? It's a lot cheaper, but I am concerned it might work differently the brand. I have had a better experience with brand Wellbutrin over generic in the past.
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#2 facelessbelief

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:47 AM

I'm about a week into starting Generic Geodon. One thing I have to say, if you don't have insurance. Even the generic is scary expensive. (Was 300+ dollars, so glad I had insurance). Never took the Brand name, so I don't have a way to compare it. Hope it works well enough for you, if you go to the generic.

Also, not sure if it is all pharmacies, but mine had to order it. So I think it may be really really new.
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Good news. The only scientific ways I know of to spread my brain cooties are for you to become my child.

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Previous Meds: Lamictal 200mg, Tegretol 200mg, Paxil, Trazodone 200mg, Wellbutrin, Prozac 20mg, Geodon 120mg.

#3 apetasticaL

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:08 PM

i'm getting prescriptions for free through the local CSB, and they give me generic geodon. i started it about a month ago. i have not really noticed a difference between the brand-name and the generic.
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smiling despair. no solution, but constantly exercising an authority over myself that i know is useless. the essential thing is not to lose oneself, and not to lose that part of oneself that lies sleeping in the world. -albert camus

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rx: lamotrigine 200, aripiprazole 15, topiramate 100

past rx: lithium carbonate, divalproex sodium, gabapentin, levetiracetam, paroxetine, fluoxetine, doxepin, trazodone, quetiapine, paliperidone, ziprasidone, risperidone, olanzapine, trifluoperazine, methylphenidate, phenobarbital, chlordiazepoxide, diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, buspirone, hydroxyzine, zolpidem, ramelteon

#4 cassilynn1728

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:21 AM

I was switched by insurance so the my morning dose of 40 was geodon and my night dose of 60 was generic for a short time. I didn't notice a diffence, but of corse geodon at that dose made my a living zombie so it's hard to tell.
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#5 diablaroja

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

I haven't noticed a difference; I'm on my second month of the generic. I have gone down on my dose from 80mg to 40mg since January (and going down to 20 this coming week!), so I don't know if any of my changes are related to the generic or are only from the lower dose.

Getting less and less zombie-like now...I might even be able to cry soon.
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#6 apetasticaL

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

Getting less and less zombie-like now...I might even be able to cry soon.


i wish geodon kept me from crying. it does barely anything for me mood-wise besides keeping my mania just enough in check that i don't get hallucinations or severe paranoia.
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smiling despair. no solution, but constantly exercising an authority over myself that i know is useless. the essential thing is not to lose oneself, and not to lose that part of oneself that lies sleeping in the world. -albert camus

axis I dx: bipolar NOS
rx: lamotrigine 200, aripiprazole 15, topiramate 100

past rx: lithium carbonate, divalproex sodium, gabapentin, levetiracetam, paroxetine, fluoxetine, doxepin, trazodone, quetiapine, paliperidone, ziprasidone, risperidone, olanzapine, trifluoperazine, methylphenidate, phenobarbital, chlordiazepoxide, diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam, temazepam, buspirone, hydroxyzine, zolpidem, ramelteon

#7 facelessbelief

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:41 PM

My dosage is going to 120. From 80. Really wondering if it a good controller medication. Time will tell.
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Good news. The only scientific ways I know of to spread my brain cooties are for you to become my child.

This is my fight. The disorder may have won a few battles. But I will and have to win the war. For it is a war against the worst kind of enemy..... Myself.

Previous Meds: Lamictal 200mg, Tegretol 200mg, Paxil, Trazodone 200mg, Wellbutrin, Prozac 20mg, Geodon 120mg.

#8 egodystonic_James

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 07:29 PM

Been on Greenstone ziprasidone 80 mg for a week after about six months off of brand Geodon, and to me it feels identical (although I think it literally is, b/c Greenstone is Pfizer's generic company).

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Diagnoses

-Bipolar 2 (mostly depressed phase)

-Somatoform Pain Disorder

-Cotard Delusion (in partial remission)(No longer in the DSM, but I sure as hell have it and have been dx'd with it)

 
Meds
Seroquel XR (brand-name quetiapine extended-release) 300 mg once daily in the evening

BuSpar (generic buspirone) 15 mg four times daily

Remeron (generic mirtazapine  15 mg once daily at bedtime 

trazodone (generic) 150 mg as needed once daily at bedtime 

 

Additional meds

-Lpitor (brand atorvastatin) 20 mg daily

-Vitamin D 5000 IU

-Folic Acid 400 mcg

 

 

*****In the hospital the last week. Doing better on Zyprexa, Remeron, and especially Paxil.*****

 

                                                   


#9 facelessbelief

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 04:38 AM

That is where my generic was from to was Greenstone.
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Good news. The only scientific ways I know of to spread my brain cooties are for you to become my child.

This is my fight. The disorder may have won a few battles. But I will and have to win the war. For it is a war against the worst kind of enemy..... Myself.

Previous Meds: Lamictal 200mg, Tegretol 200mg, Paxil, Trazodone 200mg, Wellbutrin, Prozac 20mg, Geodon 120mg.

#10 egodystonic_James

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:45 PM

I ended up not staying on the ziprasidone b/c of sedation. However, now I'm going back on it.....but of course this time I got a different brand than Greenstone (damnit!! ;). Has anyone had a good or bad experience with Apotex brand ziprasidone?

James
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Diagnoses

-Bipolar 2 (mostly depressed phase)

-Somatoform Pain Disorder

-Cotard Delusion (in partial remission)(No longer in the DSM, but I sure as hell have it and have been dx'd with it)

 
Meds
Seroquel XR (brand-name quetiapine extended-release) 300 mg once daily in the evening

BuSpar (generic buspirone) 15 mg four times daily

Remeron (generic mirtazapine  15 mg once daily at bedtime 

trazodone (generic) 150 mg as needed once daily at bedtime 

 

Additional meds

-Lpitor (brand atorvastatin) 20 mg daily

-Vitamin D 5000 IU

-Folic Acid 400 mcg

 

 

*****In the hospital the last week. Doing better on Zyprexa, Remeron, and especially Paxil.*****

 

                                                   


#11 veronicadolittle

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:22 PM

Mine is from Lupin, so can't help you there. Never been on the brand, so can't compare them, but the generic seems to be working fine for me.
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#12 egodystonic_James

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 06:51 PM

Thank you for the reply.....I'm not expecting anyone to say any generic version of Geodon is awful or anything. I'm just like a kid at Christmas with a new toy when I get a previously untried generic (I KNOW - isn't that pathetic of me ;)) and I just like to know lots of details. Especially when I've takenFrom what I've experienced, Apotex is a pretty solid generic manufacturer anyway. I do pretty much buy the FDA line that generics are the same (or as good as) brand, with the exception of some drugs with a low margin of tolerance like anticonvulsants, as well as very specific crazymeds such as with the unfortunate case of Teva's Budeprion XL. However, anecdotes can be a valuable tool with which to form a more informed opinion.

In the course of taking many, many psych drugs over the past 15 years, I cannot recall an instance in which I found a generic drug to be ineffective or less tolerable, compared to it's brand-name version, which cannot in retrospect be attributed to placebo effect.

James

Edited by egodystonic_james, 17 August 2012 - 07:00 PM.

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Diagnoses

-Bipolar 2 (mostly depressed phase)

-Somatoform Pain Disorder

-Cotard Delusion (in partial remission)(No longer in the DSM, but I sure as hell have it and have been dx'd with it)

 
Meds
Seroquel XR (brand-name quetiapine extended-release) 300 mg once daily in the evening

BuSpar (generic buspirone) 15 mg four times daily

Remeron (generic mirtazapine  15 mg once daily at bedtime 

trazodone (generic) 150 mg as needed once daily at bedtime 

 

Additional meds

-Lpitor (brand atorvastatin) 20 mg daily

-Vitamin D 5000 IU

-Folic Acid 400 mcg

 

 

*****In the hospital the last week. Doing better on Zyprexa, Remeron, and especially Paxil.*****

 

                                                   


#13 CaughtintheMiddle

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Posted 18 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

I have tried the generic before and I noticed no difference from the name brand at all.
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#14 xTHENKx

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:37 PM

I've been taking generic Geodon for two months now. No issues. It's the same to me!
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Current Diagnosis: Bipolar I Disorder, cluster migraines
Past Diagnosis: PTSD, General Anxiety

Current Prescriptions: Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 100mg, Ziprasidone (Geodon) 120mg, Alprazolam (Xanax) .5mg, Propranolol (Inderal) 80mg, Zolpidem (Ambien) 10mg
Past Prescriptions: Citalopram (Celexa), Bupropion (Wellbutrin), Risperidone (Risperdal), Acamprosate (Campral), Venlafaxine (Effexor XR), Aripiprazole (Abilify)




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