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I'm joining this forum because I cold turkeyed off of Seroquel (quetiapine) 200mg, 4 months ago.  I am currently taking Zyprexa (olanzapine) at 5mg/night.  I also take 4mg of Xanax nightly.

 

I first want to taper off of the Zyprexa.  I tried to cold turkey off of it, and I got THE WORST on fire headaches and mild nausea especially on Day 7.  I just saw my psychiatrist and asked for a 90 day's supply of (2) 2.5mg tablets.  In his 25 years of being a psychiatrist, he said he's never worked with anyone to taper off of an antipsychotic.  I was initially on 10mg/night.  What I realized is on that dose, you'll turn into a zombie if taken 2 nights in a row.  With this drug, my psychiatrist agreed with me that it's better to be on a lower dose nightly, as opposed to taking it every other night.

 

The main reason why I was taking Zyprexa was for sleep.  However, I think it also had other therapeutic effects.  I'm a highly sensitive person, and I think it was also keeping my baseline anxiety down.  However, it takes me a few hours in the morning to wake up, it really affects my memory/concentration, and I'm on a weight loss journey.  I'm 5'10 and before I stopped Seroquel, I weighed 185lb.  Now 4 months later, I am down to 156lb.  I do barbell training and medical keto if that's helpful.

 

Right now, I only want to focus on the Zyprexa taper.  If that is successful, then I will focus on  the Xanax.  I was initially going to focus on the Xanax, but I wasn't aware that the Zyprexa withdrawals would be so rough.

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Hello, and welcome to Surviving Antidepressants. We are a peer support forum to assist in tapering off psychiatric drugs safely, or recovering from psychiatric drug withdrawal.

 

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We recommend tapering by no more than 10% of your CURRENT dose each month, to limit withdrawal symptoms. E.g. 10mg --> 9mg --> 8.1mg --> 7.29mg

 

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--------Important topics in the Tapering forum and FAQ--------

 

Micro tapering

 

Why taper by 10% of my dosage?

 

Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?

 

How to make a liquid from tablets or capsules

 

Using a scale to weigh and measure doses

 

--------From the Symptoms and Self-Care Forums--------
 
What is withdrawal syndrome?
 
About reinstating and stabilizing to reduce withdrawal symptoms
 
The Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization

 

Hypersensitivity and Kindling

 

We only recommend two supplements. Omega 3 Fish Oil and Magnesium. Both should be introduced separately and increased slowly.

 

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MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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1 hour ago, ZyprexaWD said:

In his 25 years of being a psychiatrist, he said he's never worked with anyone to taper off of an antipsychotic.

The psychiatrist you spoke with is either highly ignorant, or has been deliberately committing malpractice for 25 years. Antipsychotics are very powerful drugs, and need to be tapered slowly and with great caution. It is not a good idea to cold turkey, unless you want to run the risk of causing real damage.

 

Please read Tips for tapering off olanzapine (Zyprexa) .

 

I suggest you slow down your taper.

Active Monday-Friday UK time

 

MEDICATION:

1) Sertraline:

50mg - Oct 2020, 100mg - Dec 2020, 50mg - April 2021, 75mg - May 2021, 50mg - Sep 2021; 55mg - 23 Feb 2024; 60mg - 20 March 2024; Start tapering - 24 April 2024

Current dose: 57.93mg  (15 May 2024)

2) Mirtazapine:

15mg - Nov 2020

SUPPLEMENTS:

Cod liver oil, Magnesium, Vitamin C

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