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BobJoe: Olanzapine, Aripiprazole, Mianserin


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Hi everyone,

  • so I had been on Olanzapine for 3months,
  • then tried to quit cold turkey couple times, which was a very bad idea, I developed severe insomnia, and couple other issues,
  • then withdraw with tappering in 2months - too quickly, bad idea
  • tried Trazodon for sleep, it did not help
  • Ended up on Aripiprazole 7.5mg + mianserin 20mg for sleep.

Still dealing with following issues:

  • insomnia, but less than before
  • headaches
  • heart pain
  • chronic fatigue


I found Pregnenolone 50-400mg to significantly reduce headaces.


As a source of my illness i suspect:

  • heavy metal poisoning (my hair test was inconclusive)
  • lyme dissease Borrelia burgdorferi (i had couple ticks)

Currently im chelating from heavy metal poisoning using Andrew Cutler Protocol.



Escitalopram - started-ended Feb-May 2017

Olanzapine 10mg - started-ended May-July 2017

Trazodon 50-150mg - started and ended in December 2017

Mianserin 30mg - January-now 2018,

Aripiprazol 7.5mg, 15mg - January-March 2018

Olanzapine 5mg - April 2018 - (6 days)
Risperidone 1, 2mg - April-Jul 2018

Perazine 150mg Jul-Aug 2018

Clozapine 300mg - Oct 2018


Dont stop your meds to quickly, this is more dangerous then taking it.

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Hello, BobJoe and welcome to SA.  I'm sorry about your symptoms.


Please let me know how we can help you.  We are a website whose purpose it is to help members taper off psychiatric drugs.  Is this the type of help you are looking for?


To give members the best information, we ask them to summarize their medication history in a signature -- drugs, doses, dates, and discontinuations & reinstatements, in the last 12-24 months particularly.


Any drugs prior to 24 months ago can just be listed with start and stop years. 

  • Please use actual dates or approximate dates (mid-June, Late October) rather than relative time frames (last week, 3 months ago) 
  • Spell out months, e.g. "October" or "Oct."; 9/1/2016 can be interpreted as Jan. 9, 2016 or Sept. 1, 2016. 
  • Please leave out symptoms and diagnoses. 
  • A list is easier to understand than one or multiple paragraphs. 
  • Link to Account Settings – Create or Edit a signature.
At Surviving Antidepressants, it is recommended that a person taper by no more than 10% of their current dose with at least a four week hold in-between decreases.  The 10% taper recommendation is a harm reduction approach to going off psychiatric drugs.  Some people may have to taper at a more conservative rate as they are sensitive to even the smallest drops.
To get you started, and familiarized with the protocols followed by SA, I am linking a few topics so that you have a better understanding of what is recommended here. 


Glenmullen’s withdrawal symptom list.

Taking multiple psych drugs? Which drug to taper first?


Please put ALL drugs you are currently taking into a drug interaction checker then copy and paste the results in post in this topic.


Two supplements that might benefit you are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems. 






Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Nov. 21, 2023 1.12mg

Taper is 94% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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