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Maggie10: stopping olanzapine and gabapentine


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I was put on olanzapine after a manic episode following prednisone.  I had tremors dizziness blurry vision and disassociation while on it and after stopping.  Started in June 2021 and was on 10 mg for a week and then 5 mg for 5 days. Had horrible nightmares night sweats tremors depressed mood dizziness amd headache when I stopped.  Was put on gabapentine to help was only on that for 15 days.  When I stopped that 100mg once a day I had WD. I am very sensitive to meds.  I really want the dizziness and headaches to end does anyone know how long this will last or if this is permanent? Never have taken any psych meds before and am worried this will never go away.  Was very healthy before all of this.  

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Hi, Maggie.


Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants.


The good news is that even though these symptoms can last a long time, there's no reason to think it's permanent. Following a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, gentle exercise, and spending time in nature can all go a long way to speed up the process. 


It sounds like you're completely off all drugs now, is that correct? Are you currently taking any supplements? 


We don't recommend a lot of supplements, as many members report their nervous systems are simply too fragile to handle them. However, magnesium and fish oil tend to be calming to the nervous system and many people report they do help. Please only add in one supplement at a time and at a small dose. For more, please see:


 King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker



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Hi @Maggie10, how are you going?


Hopefully you won't have to wait too long to recover from such a short bout with olanzapine.  How long were you on the prednisone for, and how much?  Please fill out your signature with this info as per shep's instructions...thanks.

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

Please do not seek tapering support via private message - "Any reason to hold is a good one"

My taper visualised as a graph   |   My intro thread

Backdrop:  2003 10mg olanzapine | 2004 2-3mg risperidone | end 2014 3wks aripiprazole

2015: olanzapine  10 -> 7½ -> 6⅔ -> 5mg  by crude pill cutter

2018:  Mar 5.00mg -> water titrated taper -> Aug2.5mg tablet and hold

Jan 2019 2.50mg water titration -> Jan 2020 1.214  -> Jan 2021 0.44 -> 2 Oct 0.205 ->3 Oct ZERO🥂

Jun 2023 💉150mg paliperidone "loading" depot shot, 100mg week after Jul 100mg Aug, Sep, Oct 75mg/mo

Jul 2023 2.50mg aripiprazole/day attempt to lower prolactin^


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

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