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today is day 24, that im off zyprexa!!! i would like to say that it is possible , and i found a lot of useful stuf to make witdrawal berrable , it is defenetly possible .

 

so short story ,a whas an alcoholic, then i became a drug addict, after that i whas put on zyprexa . i stayed on it for about 5 years, in that periud of time, i tried to discontinue the medication a few times and failed, because it was to hard, So i started to analize, read the internet for anwsers, and found a few my self.

 

So i will note all important parts that helped me to succeed . nr 1 rule is nothing new but it was the way for me i did taper the drug very slowli. It took me about 2 years to tapper

 

,besides zyprexa i was on diasepam and finlepsin, so i stardet with finlepsin, and tapered 4 tablets reletivli quickly in about a month , didnt feel mutch of withdrawal.

mod note addition: found finlepsin on a search to be carbamazepine/Tegretol

also am assuming diasepam refers to diazepam(first marketed as Valium in the U.S.) 

 

then started to get rid off diasepam, whas drinking 5mg 4 times a day, every two weaks , i have cut off 1/4 of one tablet, so i hade 16 times to tapper, small pease by pease. also one of technics whas to stop and wait longer if i feelt that my body didnt adjust to the lower dose, that was actualy one of the keys to succes. by doyng this way even when i hade the last dose left of diasepam and i was realy scared,when i did fully discontinuate the drug it actualy whasent that bad .Yes i hade a bit of anxyeti, a bit of insomnia, but it whasent that bad , i would say it 3/10 bad.

 

so then i started my zyprexa tapper,  i was on 5 mg off it, and started a similar tapper only with smaller cuts about 12 of them from one tablet. the hardest part was in the 2,5-1 mg , i had quite bad anxyeti, a bit off insomnia, but it steel didnt feel that horrible i would say 6/10, while cold turkey was 15/10 for me ,so u would understand my readings . and the last tapper was jus psyhologicali scary because it was the last drop.

 

and i will tell the difference between my succesfull taper and not so succesfull, and the difference whas very big for me, and this things are very important ,but i know that a lot of people ignore them. so first before tapering anything , i stoped smoking , drinking any kind of coffeine and i mean any (black,green, tea includet ), i was drinking only fruit tea with zero cafeine, i also very harshly limited my sugar intake, was drinking tea without sugar always . ofcourse no alcohol, no drugs, i also didnt use any kind of vitamins thou im not sayng that their bad during witdrawal i just didnt drink vitamins. so my point was to not put any extra effect ont the body and brain, because it was the game changer , and i realy accent this things. for me the sacrifise of this things brote me to victory.

 

So the first week after discontinuing the drug completly , wasnt also that bad i would say 4/10 bad , first night i sleept for about 6 hours, but it was like 2 hours sleep then u wake upfor an hour the u sleep some more. second few days i was sleeping around 8 hours, but  i sleept randomly durring the day and night . Then for a week or so i started to sleep perfectly around 8 hours, at night from arround 11-12pm to 7-8am. Last week i started to sleep around 10-11 hours a night , one night i hade insomnia , i got to sleep around 6am . owerral, im am fealing fantastic,i feel so alive, all my emotions coming back to me, i stardet to laugh again , to feel joy, to feel anger in some situations, sometimes i have anxieti , but its a feeling of a living persone and im happy about it . the mood swings are present , and there berable .

 

One more importand thing is , what i did is that i found a very good, and helpind specialist that monitored me , and motivated me that is actualy one of the keys to success, so i would search the one that i trust , and feel a profesionals touch in the tapper procces, also there are a lot of different anonimus groups, that support addiction of substancess, and u can actualy go any off them and people will understand u and support u . All this things hade major impakt on this succes, and i highli recomend them, the sacrifise is not that big actualy for the benefit, after u recover u can drink green tea with sugar again :) so this is my succes story, this is realy possible , u are not alone, i know its scary, and emotional, and fells not fair, but u can do it !!! just go slow , responsible, and carefull. the higher power bless u all !!!

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Hi DanL, @DanL and welcome to survivingantidepressants,

 

I'm so glad you posted your success story with coming off Zyprexa to date. 

Many members will appreciate this so very much.  As you are a brand new member, first time poster, I've moved your post to introductions and updates for now.  We usually reserve that forum(Success stories) for members off drugs/medications for a whole year. 

I do want to encourage you to post more, and keep us updated, as you get further out from your zyprexa.

 

I also did a bit of spacing to your post for readability and added in some bolded notes on your drugs, so we know what all you have survived and tapered. 

 

I'm counting 27 days today, off Zyprexa........and off all drugs.........and am just thrilled to read about your progress!!!

 

Thanks again so much for joining us and posting your success........with zyprexa especially!!!  And welcome, welcome.

 

Love, peace, healing, and growth,

manymoretodays(mmt)

 

 

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Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  And.....I quit smoking 11/2021.  Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)💜

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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It seems most people who had some success slowly tappered. Those of us that CT'ed are beyond repair.

 

Congratz Dan, I am glad you made it friend.

2015 - Elicea for 2 months, quit cold turkey, survived withdrawal (brain zaps, severe depression)

2018 - april to july, Xanax, quit cold turkey, no serious withdrawal symptoms

2018 - august to late december, Mirtazapine, psychiatrist got me off it cold turkey

2019 - january to april, Seroxat, again stopped cold turkey

In late january 2019 noticed double vision when looking at bright letters or lights from a distance and certain angles, it is either because of stopping Mirtazapine cold turkey or because of starting Seroxat, I still have it and it might be getting worse with time

2019 - june to 13th of november, Zyprexa (2.5mg-10mg), tappered it on my own very fast (few days) then stopped completely

2019 - middle of october to november 13th, Zoloft (0.6mg-25mg), tappered it on my own very fast (few days) then stopped completely

Horrible withdrawal with severe insomnia afterwards, not feeling hungry or sleepy, never tired, stomach problems, nausea...

24th november - reinstated 2.5mg zyprexa

3rd december - 5mg zyprexa

new symptoms - glare, halos around lights, muscle twitching worse, eyelid and cheek twitching every 5-10 minutes

11th january 2020 - 4.3mg zyprexa

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People who have cold-turkeyed are not beyond repair. They'll have to be patient while they heal, like everybody else.

 

Cold turkey is a high-risk way of coming off drugs. Severe withdrawal and post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) are the risks.

 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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Update. hello :) so today is 2 months that im of zyprexa . I want to share a few things that happened during this time. So first of all , today i feel practicli normal, with exepcions of beeing a bit grumpi sometimes. but my sleep is perfect for me, it is natural ar good feeling. i sleep from 8 to 10 hours a night. in this periud i was a bit manic for a few days , had one psyhosis periud but that was because i drinked a lot of tea yhat day and was still in early witdrawal so that i dont recomend doyng . Today i drink tea and dont feel no bad effect, so i gues 1,5 month mark is wen i would recomend starting using coffein if u like that kind of stuff. About the cold turkey , well i have a frend thats of benzos and antipsyhotics for more than 6 years , and shees sober today , and lives a normal life . The only thing is she says that it was realy hard , but all the simptoms go away eventualy, she did cold turkey because she tryed the tapper , and for her it was not possible. I realy feel ur pain , and i wish all the strengt ar ease to you frend and i believe u can do it :) because i met, and a saw on interenet a bit of people that came off medication and im sure that u can do it to !!!!  

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Hi DanL,

Good to hear. 

And I see, from your first post you took about 2 years to come off the Zyprexa, with a little bit more of your tapering technique described.

Do you take any other drugs?

 

Please put your withdrawal history in your signature

Helps us out so much.

 

Happy for you DanL.

 

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

 

 

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  And.....I quit smoking 11/2021.  Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)💜

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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i do not take any other drug, nor medication, nor alcoholol, nor do i smoke !!! the only thing i drink is green tea , that changes my perception a little bit :)

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Hello, everyone :) im here to give an update, about the situation. So rigth now im 10 months and 8 day clear of psyhiatric meds, and all i can say that all the symptoms where gon for a long time ago, i just forgot to writh something (sorry ) . So the very slow tapper technik worked realy good for me. I also using the 12 step program , that is super mega effective in my sober life. I feal all kinds of stuf, happy, sad, funny,  flirti. All human emotions and fealings are back to me. A long time a go thout it is impossible to feal again, and was afraid and didnt have faith that i will succed. But everyone who reads this just know that it is posible,  with right passion, knowledge,  steadynes,  and support . Just do it ! It is worth it ! :)

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Hi DanL, great to hear you're doing well.

 

Was wondering what was the final dosage you were down to before you jumped off, and did you hold there for a while first?

 

Hopefully that brief psychosis you mentioned was just a blip from wds, can I ask what sort of trouble you were having there?  Sounds like you were able to stay out of difficulties with it.

 

Cheers,

Hayduke

My taper visualised as a graph   |   My intro thread

I am not a health professional - your actions are your own

NB: I do not do tapering support via private message

 

Backdrop:  10mg olanzapine 2003-06.  3mg risperidone 2006-2014.  Abortive x-taper to aripiprazole Dec 2014, back to 10mg olanzapine after 3 weeks.

2015:  10 -> 7 1/2 -> 6 2/3 -> 5mg olanzapine using pill cutter

2018:  Finer taper liquid suspension 5mg to 2.5 Mar-Aug and hold

2019: Jan 2.5 | Eostre EMDR@2.1mg | Jul 1.625 | Oct 1.3

2020: Jan 1.214 | Apr 0.88 | July 0.69 | Oct 0.525

2021: EMDR all year Jan 0.44 | Apr 0.38 | Jul 0.26 | 2 Oct 0.205 | 3 Oct ->0mg

"Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country did to you"  -- KMFDM

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