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Hello... I was prescribed with 10mg of olanzapine for Paranoid Schizophrenia. I taked it for 7 mos. I talked to my psychiatrist about the negative effects and decided to decrease to 5mg. I'm currently taking it for 4 months and decided on my own to taper down. I cut the 5mg pill into 4. Hahahahahaha. Then taked the 3 pieces. I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

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Hi, Robins.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.


It looks like you're tapering too fast. We recommend tapering no faster than 10% per month, based on the previous month's dose (not the original dose).


Please see:

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Tips for tapering off olanzapine (Zyprexa)



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As you provide more information, we can better guide you in your taper.  You may benefit from a small updose if your symptoms are severe, but please let us know more information about your drug history first. 





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