Q&A: What will schizophrenia medication do to me?

Question by Will: What will schizophrenia medication do to me?
Will the medication fry my brain and take away all emotion or just silence the voices, stop the paranoia, and hallucinations?

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Answer by Sarah
Hi Will. You may need to try several different medications to find the right one for you.
The medication won’t fry your brain.The right one will silence the voices,stop the paranoia and hallucinations.I am a paranoid schizophrenic.The best medication for me so far is 80mg geodon.
Risperidone worked pretty good for me too but my favorite is geodon.Your body may respond better to a different kind.Just be willing to talk with your psychiatrist and figure out the best one for you.
I am very sorry you have to face this challenge but with effort and the right medication you will be fine.:)

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3 Comments on "Q&A: What will schizophrenia medication do to me?"

  1. Serene E
    05/04/2014 at 12:12 am Permalink

    Try it and see.

  2. Judy & Charlie
    05/04/2014 at 12:28 am Permalink

    You ask an intelligent question here and you deserve a solid answer.
    First, do you understand what Schizophrenia is?

    Schizophrenia is hereditary and so other people in your family probably had it…even way back.
    Schizophrenia is caused by a biochemical imbalance within the brain that causes hallucinations and delusions.
    Schizophrenia is chronic and life-long.
    Schizophrenia is much like diabetes (which is a chemical imbalance within the body) in that it needs regular daily medication to keep the symptoms under control.

    The medication for Schizophrenia has to “build up” in your body in order to have a therapeutic effect. And so taking one dose or taking it sporadically won’t help you at all. You must remain on the medication for a lifetime…just like someone with diabetes does.

    No, the medication will not “fry” your brain, otherwise no manufacturer would be able to put it on the market without being sued. Right?
    And ALL MEDICATIONS, even aspirin> have side effects and so you need to talk to your doctor about this before you start. If you are having problems with the medication you need to call him.

    People with Schizophrenia usually report that the paranoia and hallucinations “fade away” after starting the medication. Some notice it right away and have relief while others may take a few weeks.

    Also, some people with Schizophrenia are reluctant to take their medication and accept their illness.
    Some actually like the hallucinations and delusions and think they are “special”.
    But the ability to actually function in this world is impossible if Schizophrenia isn’t treated. No one can hold a job if they are psychotic and out of control. You just can’t function and take care of yourself on a daily basis.

    And so, I hope this helps you to decide.
    I did psychiatric intake work at a good mental health hospital for decades.
    Be well. I wish you all the very best.

  3. lifeslikethat
    05/04/2014 at 1:12 am Permalink

    It will not fry your brain, but it can blunt some emotions especially in the beginning. It is important to give psyc meds a long period of time (weeks to months) to work and for side-effects to wear off. So in the beginning you may feel flat, but as the weeks progress you may notice that will lift. If it doesn’t it may be worth trying a different medication to see how it works. If you have medication questions a pharmacist will also be able to answer them, and you can phone it talking to them in person would be too hard. This is especially good so you know what to expect in terms of side-effects. And it is important to remember that it is a statistical thing. So many people out of 100 get them – so just because it is listed as a side – effect doesn’t mean you’ll get it. You may be lucky and get few side-effects. Tiredness is a big one with many of them, but it does wear off in time usually.

    The brain is a pretty complicated piece of body machinery. It is really difficult for them to tell which ones will work. I have a related disorder – bipolar – and it took me a number of tries to get the right meds at the right doses, and there are still some side-effects I deal with. But the side-effects are worth it for me because it means that I can think clearly and plan life. I have a part-time job, and a happy husband, and I know I wouldn’t have either of those if I chose to not take meds. I know my husband would stay, but he would not be happy.

    The other important piece in all of this is that meds will not do the whole trick for most people. For most people it will be important to manage stress, exercise, and otherwise take care of yourself. If you’ve been sick for a while it may take a while to get these things back in your life. The Schizophrenia Society here runs self management classes that are free and I really suggest looking into it if newly diagnosed. They are 8 sessions give or take and they go over what to expect from the condition, medications, dealing with family, how to decide what or if to tell friends, lifestyle changes that can help.

    For me it is worth it to get rid of the psychosis, and have the internal resources back. I hope you have similar success.

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