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  1. Hi, I wrote my introduction on the 4th of October 2019 ☼-francisco-on-the-way-to-a-success-story At that time, I was seven months of all meds – I stated that the post was a combination of an introduction and a success story since things were on course at the time. Since that post, my mental has been put to the test like never before but it's now been around one year and 10 months since I stopped taking meds and I believe my mental health has passed the test. I was given a diagnosis of bi-polar by a consultant psychiatr
  2. @Andy reading your story is absolutely amazing I'm tapering now I been for a few months I was prescribed 7.5 of zyprexa once a day about 5 years ago but I only took half I refused to take the whole thing and I'm glad that I didn't I did gain weight but my weight stayed the same for these past 5 years in the summer time I didn't like how I was feeling and started reading on the Internet about this drug and realized why I was feeling the way I was and mind you I was only taking half of 7.5mgs so I stopped taking half and started cutting them into 1/4s which I done for awhil
  3. I was lucky in that able to get 2.5 mg tabs. I went to 1.25 mg then halved those to 0.625 mg. Going below 2.5 mg was most difficult for me. I know some places have liquids and strips. Get to the level as low as possible before taking your last dose. I’m not an expert. I went off Zyprexa too fast. Going below 2.5 mg was tough for me Good luck
  4. Hi Andy, happy to hear you fully recovered. Gives hope. I'm currently on 2.5mg and by a doctors guidance I'm going to lower it to 2mg next month and the down to 1.25 the following month and then stopping. I'm wandering how exactly you did it? Can you be clearer with what you did? There's only a minimum of 5mg zyprexa where i live. So I'm currently cutting that in half. The plan next month will be to cut the 5mg in half and chop some off the half so it's 2mg but it will be hard to know exactly how much I'm taking. I'm starting to get into a workout routine so I'll be fit to work out w
  5. Wonderful. You gave me so much inspiration and our stories seem similar. Im almost 11 months off zoloft and almost 8 months off zyprexa i was on the zoloft for 1 year. And tapered too quick tried reinstating made me worse ended up in the pysch ward and put on zyprexa for 10days and slowly tapered. Its been a long very scary year. Im big into nutrition too. I was wondering what kind of diet/lifestyle do you reccomend i eat extremely well. Also just finished tapering the naturthroid the dr put me on 8 months ago and felt was making me worse :/. Obviously have adrenal issues. I still struggle wi
  6. I posted my story on another forum in a different topic (link below) but I also wanted to share to more people, so here is a repost. It is kind of long, but maybe it will be an interesting read. For anyone interested in my story, I had a relatively short time with zyprexa, around two months, but I quit cold turkey without relapse for over a year and getting better. To begin with, my dose was 10 mg, with lithium for a week, increased to 15 mg at the last week. Every moment of taking these drugs I wished I could get off it, but under the supervision of doctors and threat of hospital
  7. Link to kirby's success topic: my-story-1.2-years-and-getting-better For anyone interested in my story, I had a relatively short time with zyprexa, around two months, but I quit cold turkey without relapse for over a year and getting better. To begin with, my dose was 10 mg, with lithium for a week, increased to 15 mg at the last week. Every moment of taking these drugs I wished I could get off it, but under the supervision of doctors and threat of hospitalization I was forced to be fed this stuff. Right after the supervision stopped, I convinced my family to let me quit an
  8. hi dkslueth when I was younger (mid to late 20s) I was on several APs, the older ones, stelazine and haldol (haldol for about a year..? then back on for some months here and there, and then given other APs, trilafon, respiradol (sp?) and I forget what else) I recovered from that round of APs sometime between 2002 and now**, I was on huge doses of seroquel for a long time, 400 was the min dose, I think it went up to 600 or more. I was also on zyprexa but I got so heavy on that and was so sleepy I had to discontinue it- I think that was actually in 1996, when I was 40.
  9. my regular thread was locked, it's no problem posting here!! It's helpful to others to see these conversations, I'm sure sorry you're going thru such a rough time. akathisia, that's the worst I've never heard of kavinace, will have to google that I hope things settle down quickly for you try hard to keep things as simple and as steady as you can. You've been thru a lot of meds so your system is probably very sensitized and things that once had one effect, now may have the opposite, sadly that is what I found out when I tri
  10. Hey guys , i took zyprexa , flupentixol and imipramine few years ago and am not healed yet
  11. @pug i am so pleased to read your healing journey. Im just in the beginning of mine. Its been absolute hell for the past 5 months. I went through benzo withdrawls 9 years ago and ended up on zoloft took it a year and got off fine. 3 years later had a panic attack ended back up on zoloft low dose 25mg for 13 months and wanted off i was having tons of side effects. I tapered per my pysch in march which was way too fast and when I took my last piece ended up with SI, reinstated got worse ended up inpatient they upped the zoloft and added buspar got 100x worse went back they ct me from zoloft and
  12. @Aeroman im so glad to see your doing well. I went through benzo withdrawl 9 years ago, I actually chalked it up to post partum this whole time until now as Im going through antidepressant withdrawl from zoloft right now. After my benzos 9 years ago i went on zoloft for 8 months and got off fine. 3 years later I had a panic attack and went back on low dose 25mg for 14 months and had so many adverse reactions, I had no idea antidepressants could cause withdrawl :(. In march of this year I tapered according to my pysch over 2 weeks I actually added a week. Immediately I got suicidal ideations an
  13. Very inspiring that u made it.I freak out sometimes because I think omg this is going to last forever.mine all started with a urinary infection was put on cipro and had bad reaction.my doc decided I needed atvian to sleep.that's when my world changed.I got extreme health anxiety so then they added zyprexa than changed to seroquel.now I believe all the health anxiety was caused by interdose withdrawal from ativan.I had so many health test all negative.
  14. Andy has said it perfectly. Exercise. That’s helped me the most. You’re not gonna feel or have the strength to do it but you have to force yourself. If you haven’t exercised in a long time, start by walking. I don’t lift weights, I swim. I get 100% relief while I’m swimming and the endorphins effect from an aerobic workout lasts 3-4 hours. Plus it helps with sleep. it. I told my Doctor exercise helped. She said to exercise more. Getting this crap out of your system requires a total lifestyle change. It takes willpower, guts, internal strength, and dedication. Commit to living witho
  15. Very glad to here aeroman recovery story! Im 1 year and a half off psychotrpics cocktail(zyprexa,imipramine, flypentixol) a vey severe withdrawl symptoms enough to make me unable to leave my bed for 1 year , im slowly recovering been through alot including brain zaps, panic attacks and severe suicidal depression, well im a little better now where am able to take a walk arround eventhough im anhedonic and numb but that panic feeling got subsided..aeroman when do u think my emotionas gonna hit back? Tho im better physically but wmotionaly still disabled?
  16. Diagnosis: Severe Bipolar 1, Severe Depression, Severe Anxiety Disorder. (tried Big S 3 times, Self Harm (cutting, burning, smash indexes with hammer)), Bought 2 cars in 2 days, 4 Rolex watches in 3 days Blah Blah. 80 ECT's. I think the Doctor's have me properly diagnosed but improperly medicated. I spilled the beans I've been dropped from one med and changed to another so many times I can't list. However, no problems doing so. 2003: CT Klonipin and Xanax at same time. I was put on 10mg Klonipin, 3 weeks later had withdrawals within hours of taking dose. Doctor's added
  17. I am still waiting to stabilize on Paxil and Zyprexa. How stable were you when you started your Zyprexa taper? Were you taking anything else at the time?
  18. All, I originally read Andy's thread, joined the forum, and replied. The Moderator moved my reply to the new members intro section. My experience is very similar to Andy's. My last dose of Zyprexa was almost 12 weeks ago. I took it for 14 years and I started my rapid taper at 30mg/day. I started my taper at 10% and immediately got about every withdrawal in there is. I had to get off Zyprexa because the side effects started killing me once I got to such a high dose and for so long. My Doctor wanted me off so she had me taper by 25% every 10 days. when I got down to 2.5 mg, I went to
  19. @andy what was the longest period of time you were on Zyprexa? Also highest dose? I have gathered from reading that the longer you are on something the harder it is to come off of it. I can find the source where they tested this on rats in Robert Whitakers book if necessary.
  20. Hi Andy , hope your doing well. I was on Zyprexa Wafers for 7-8yrs and I'd had enough and bout 6wks ago i went from 15mg Wafers then 2wks later dropped to 10mg then another 2wks to 5mg then 2wks more stopped completely. Im now just into my 4th wk of Withdrawals. Ive been having alot of aches an pains headaches an terrible insomnia. I do have some Dizzy spells aswell. Dispite all this my mind is very clear an has been since i went of Zyprexa. I think this is making me determined to see it thru. I'd like to ask you or anyone on this forum do or have you experienced any of my Withdrawal Symptoms?
  21. I went off olanzapine (zyprexa) and abilify cold turkey as well. It was very difficult for 3 months but I recovered and do not miss the psychiatric drugs at all.
  22. daybydaystepbystep

    andy: Finally off zyprexa

    Thank you for sharing your story Andy! I too successfully came off Zyprexa cold turkey. I wish there were more success stories on the Internet of Cold Turkey survivors. It took me about 3 months of being off zyprexa (10 mg) to see a lot of recovery. My sleep has recovered a lot too. the insomnia was the worst. peace, hope, love. Day by day.
  23. Im a little over a year now off all psych drugs i have a lot of improvement but still dont enjoy the things i used too before the drugs. I just dont enjoy them and most of the time Im thinking about healing and health issues and stopped envjoying lie. I think zyprexa is the drug that is most responsible for this and I still dont have my brain back. Did you experience these aero? It's like anhedonia and a slowed brain function at the same time. Cognitive issues as well. Are those reversible or will they persist? Thank you
  24. hey andy hope youre doing well. Im a little over a year now off all psych drugs i have a lot of improvement but still dont enjoy the things i used too before the drugs. I just dont enjoy them and most of the time Im thinking about healing and health issues and stopped envjoying lie. I think zyprexa is the drug that is most responsible for this and I still dont have my brain back. Do you think what im experiencing is reversible? Thank you
  25. Congrats Andy for comming off Zyprexa! I ve been on Zyprexa and Kvetiapin via misdiagnosis (anxiety and lack of sleep) for 4 months now and will try to taper slowly. My plan from 3,75 mg is 3 weeks on 2,5 then 3 weeks 1,25 and then 3 weeks 0,625, do you think that is too fast? Hopefuly goes well because side effects are killing me, I ve been a cyclist all my life (41 y) now I dont have a mood or energy to even ride a bike, put alot of weight and cant concentrate at my job, let alone my sex life gone.... Also I would like to ask you how much were you sleeping while on Z
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