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Suffer from schizophrenia. Taking respiral, swerquel and lorazepam. Advice?

hi l was taking 25mg of gravol at bedtime for four years and told my doctor and he said to stop taking gravol. in the pass few months l noticed that l had to start taking more gravol. l have schizoprenia and l get injection resperial and l also take 200mg of serquel and 1mg lorazepam at bedtime. for a month now l have only taken gravol twice this month.

Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Welcome to HCM

Gravol is antiemetic medicine and it has some stimulant properties also. Some people use it as drug of abuse. You are taking Quitiapine and Lorazepam for schizophrenia, continue taking these drugs as per advise of doctor. But try to stop taking gravel as you are taking it for four years. Continuous medicines intake for long time results in tolerance and dependence. You have become dependent on this drug. If you have complaints of nausea you can consult a doctor for some other drug.

Answered: Wed, 8 May 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srinivasa S.R.R.Y.'s  Response

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Gravol is dimenhydrinate. It has several side-effects and shouldnot be used for a prolonged period.It causes side-effects like constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, excitement, confusion, blurring of vision, difficulty passing urine etc. Lorazepam, Respiral and swerquel(quetiqpine) cause a lot of drowsiness and shouldnot be used in combination with Gravol. Hence your doctor has rightly advised to stop Gravol. Infact even continuing lorazepam for a longer duration is not advisable as this is a dependence forming drug. Also gravol along with these drugs can sometimes cause urine retention. Hence it is important that you stop Gravol and also slowly discontinue using Lorazepam
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Answered: Thu, 9 May 2013
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