Daily Archives: July 22, 2013

Now Introducing Involuntary Muscle Spasms!

The latest in my jaunt with psychiatric medications; involuntary muscle spasms.

The last two weeks I’ve increased the Geodon I’ve been taking to 120 mg. Side effects included eating less, a runny nose for no apparent reason (something I went to an allergist about but he said he couldn’t find anything wrong, then I discovered it is a possible side effect of Geodon when I looked at the pamphlet that came with the drug), and now this.

The spasms started happening around the time I normally take Geodon (in the evening). I was sitting on the couch watching tv and generally minding my own business when my jaw suddenly jumped to the left and clenched itself shut.

Needless to say, I was alarmed. I hoped it might be some kind of fluke, and then fifteen minutes later it happened again.

The next day it happened a little earlier. And the next day it started even earlier. Now it has already happened about six times this morning and I have to admit, my jaw is killing me. There is a lot of pain up around my temples, and the areas around my teeth hurt as well from them clashing together.

As surprising as all this was, I can’t say I was particularly shocked. I’ve known muscle spasms were a potential side effect of most antipsychotics, this is just the first time they’ve happened to me. 

I’ve already done some damage control emailing my psychiatrist who got back to me this morning telling me to scale my dosage back down to 80 mg and take some benadryl, which should help. I’m hoping that by scaling back on the Geodon I can get rid of the muscle spasms (they only started once I reached 120 mg) and most of all I really hope these spasms don’t become permanent.

My doctor said we may need to stop the Geodon altogether if things don’t get better in the next few days because there is a chance the spasms can become permanent. That is something I definitely don’t want to happen, and I’m definitely bummed out because so far Geodon has had the least amount of side effects for me out of any of the 12 drugs I’ve tried up to this point.

It might be time to go back to the drawing board, and I don’t have a lot of drugs left to try.

In any case, keep your fingers crossed for me and my leaping jaw. Hopefully we can take care of this thing!