how long does olanzapine withdrawal last?

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Does anybody know roughly how long olanzapine withdrawal lasts?. I`ve been on it for three years for ocd like paraniod delutions and a genaral feeling of anxiety. at first it was wonderfull, helped me alot especialy with sleep. the problem was that i probably slept for too long (upwards of 14 hours each night) and did very little exercise. i lost all interest in hobbies that i had previosly enjoyed like gardening, cycling, and being close to nature. sometimes just a walk too the beach used to clear my head and when i was well i`d go to the beach or walk around the village everyday, but i just dont get the same satisfaction out of it anymore and generally stay at home, plus i dont have the confidence to go out because i feel people are wispering about me or taking the piss out of my weight or the way i look. i was an active 25 year old young man who enjoyed the simple things in life. now im 28, depressed everyday with health probems. i tapered the dose down gradually to 2.5mg and on on the 1st of march stoped completely and had six weeks of hell, nausia, insonia, anxiety.... it got to the point where i could`nt take it anymore and gave in and began taking it again but after three weeks of being drowzy all day decided to give it another go and i`ve not had any now for five weeks . im not sleeping well and cant eat very much either. the problem now is im a nevous wreck 24/7, im all sweaty and panicy just leaving the house for grocerys and i have bills to pay and jobs that need doing but just having a shower once a day is pretty much all i can manage. its got to the point now where im templed to take it just to get some good quality sleep for a few days, get my appitete back, and look presentable so i can go into town and sort my bills out but i keep telling myself to be strong and try to see the light at the end of the tunnel. some poeple say it can take upto three months for your body to ajust, if anybody has had a similar experience olanzapine and managed to come off if and recover without swaping it for another drug please reply. would st johns wort or melatonin help for sleep? would apreciate any helpfull veiws or coments. thanks. james millington.

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    your reply has been deleted and i dont know why im off the olazaping now totally. if your off them and need to go back on then dont go back on the original dose, the person who told someone to go for a run and no withdrawels. dont listen to that. the withdrawels are reall trouble. go to the doctor and get help to cut down very slowly and stop eventually.
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      Kristine have you been off zyprexa for 2 years and still suffering from withdrawal?  What are your symptoms?  How long were you on the drug for?  What dose?  Did you stop cold turkey?  

      I really hope you are feeling better.  I have stopped taking olanzapine cold turkey about 2 months ago and the symptoms seem to be getting better.  The insomnia is still rough but getting better with some melatonin and exercise.

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    Hi James I've been on olanzapine for 10 yrs and decided to come off it. Omg it's been awful it's been 3 months and still not great. Doctors answer is going back on it my reply no chance this drug is seriously bad. Hope u r getting better

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    Hi James, You are very courageous coming off Olanzapine. My doctor told me I would die, if I did! However, I am now taking CBD Gel-tabs, and I feel better than ever! I have almost no paranoia, anxiety, depression, hallucinations and fewer delusions. CBD is expensive and it's only available from Amazon. It is on the NHS in Wales and so far, no where else in the UK. They work for me and now I wish to cut down the Olanzapine very gradually. Does 2.5mg less a day seem a good idea? I've already reduced my Manerix for anxiety and phobia. I don't trust psychiatrists, as they are biased and I've had oesphagus damage, HBP, weight gain, low platelets in my blood, Diabetes, Seizures etc, since taking meds. Enough is enough! I am sticking to CBD by cutting out all luxuries and will start a Olanzapine reduction soon. I will have to reduce it very slowly indeed. Good luck!

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      Hi Sarah,

      Well done! I have tried cutting down on olanzapine and I became psychotic. My GP recommends I reduce my diazepam first. He has given me 2mg tablets, so I can reduce it very slowly. 2.5mg off was too much. I am still taking CBDs and they do calm me, however, I presently cannot afford the high dose I would need to cut down on Olanzapine. I will soon. I am back to smoking too as I have extra stress at the mo. Do you have a supportive network of friends and relatives? I don't, so I have to do it all on my own. It's tough! What alternatives to olanzapine did you use? I find the CBDs and mindfulness work for me and exercise. I also train my mind to think positive and creative thoughts.

      Stress seems to trigger my symptoms. Good Luck and congratulations!

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      Hi Frances. Thank u for the reply. I stopped all my meds in Nov 2016 ( olanzapine, proxitine , trifluoperazine) the reason for this is because my youngest boy got diagnosed with remitting relapsing ms. In the 10 yrs I've taken these drugs I feel like I've been in a coma all I did was sleep. I realised my son needs me so made the drastic measures of stopping all meds against advice from mental health team. Nearly a yr on and I feel ok . I can think now . People have commented how much different I am now( in a good way) believe me it's the toughest thing I've ever done I honestly thought I would die with the withdrawal. My family have been amazing. I sacked mental health team. I do use cbd which has helped loads. You need to be strong but you shouldn't do it without support. Wish u all the best. Here if u need to chat. Sarah😁

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      Hi, Sarah Well done and congratulations on coming off psychiatric meds. You are brave. Did you find your family support made the difference in coming off meds? I don't have a close family nearby and few close friends. Would you be willing to help me come off drugs? The only support I have is the Samaritans and my GP! And my cats lol. I wish I had a family to support me. I am strong, as I have to cope alone. It isn't easy. Yes, it must have been one of the toughest times of your life. That is brave! I am starting a CBT Certificate course this weekend. I am also moving to a larger house soon. So, it is not a good time to cut meds. I will cut the diazepam in the New Year, as my GP says its causing anxiety and probably doing no good after over 20 years of use. Where you prescribed diazepam?

      I am glad you feel better in yourself. Did you know that CBD can be used for MS too? Hope your son is okay soon. Take care. Francis.

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      Hey Francis. I was not offered anything totally relied on cbd. I have in the last 2 months been prescribed sertraline 50mg that has taken edge off ( depression) I'm now wide awake at 7.30 and fresh as a daisy. But still get crappy days. I couldn't of done this without my family. The psychosis and depression was bloody awful . I shock , vomitted , slept then couldn't sleep . Also reached some very dark places. Was honest with mum and she understood. My son uses cbd to. He has a infusion every 4 weeks. Positive thinking helps and lots of deep breathing . Sarah

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      Hi Sarah. You have been through a shocking time with your meds. I understand how scared you became as I vomited before an operation caused by olanzapine! I couldn't sleep at all. Your lack of sleep may have made your psychosis and depression worse. It did with me. CBDs have lifted depression and calmed me. What is the CBD infusion? Does your boy say he feels better? Sure, breathing deeply and positive thinking works too. My friend is helping me to be mindful and live in the present moment of now. It helps. Hope you both sleep well now. Francis.

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      Hi Troy, Thanks for your reply. I started with Canabidol Gel=tabs about 3 months ago and found they often calm me and ease paranoia. I began with 10 mg pure CBD gel-tabs, twice per day and gradually increased the dose to 2 x 50 mg per day (100 mg pure CBD per day). I felt calmer and more courageous. They are expensive tabs, although you may get a bulk discount. I pay £39 for 20 gel-tabs, instead of £44. I believe that it is a matter of trial and error. I suggest you start with a small dose of 10 mg pure CBD per day and slowly build it up to a strength and price you can afford. I combine the CBDs with mindfulness and some beer. A lesser evil than the cigs I was on. I am now a week off nicotine. Also, I've found 85% pure cocoa chocolate and pints of milk help calm me too. I wish you the best with CBDs and please let me know how you get on with the Gels. Google Canabidol. Good luck!

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      Hi, Ash, It is very tough coming off Olanzapine, even slowly like you. What is the full dose you're on? Try CBDs, especially pure CBD Gel-tabs like Canabidol. They are expensive and are calming. I found they help with paranoia too. Drink pints of milk to calm you. What are your withdrawal symptoms? I am concentrating on reducing Olanzapine from 20 mg to 15 mg per day and Diazepam from 15 mg to 14 mg per day. Best I can offer. Take care and keep in contact. Love to know how you get on. Francis.

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      Hi Sarah jus wanted to ask you are u still off Zyprexa an how is your son ?? Hope he's well.. into my 3rd wk off Zyprexa an at times is horrendous aches an pains headaches an terrible insomnia but my mind is stil clear an hopefully as time goes by my withdrawals wil improve. Best wishes an take care Lloyd

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      Hi Ash , jus wondering how you are coping with your coming down off Zyprexa ?? How are your Withdrawal symptoms now ?? Im into my 3rd wk off Zyprexa an having some terrible Withdrawals aches an pains headaches an terrible insomnia but i do get short periods during the day where i can cope alot better an im determined to see it thru. Only Antidepressant im still on is Mirtazapine 1 tablet at night. When i get thru these horrible Withdrawals from Zyprexa I'll come down off my Mirtazapine aswell. Stay strong an best wishes for the future. Lloyd

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      Hi Sarah, sorry to bother you again but how long was it for you that aches an pains eased off ??? If i can get a break from the aches an pains i shud b able to cope better with the headaches an insomnia. Melatonin still not working for me atm but will keep going with it. Hope your well best wishes Lloyd
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      Hi Sarah, now into my 4th wk of Withdrawals an still having aches an pains some headaches an insomnia for which ive been taking Melatonin for jus over a wk but wiv little effect. I still hava very clear mind which ive had since coming off Zyprexa Wafers. I have at times Dizzy Spells and was wondering if these might be due to the Withdrawals. Roll on 3mths and maybe things will ease up for me. Take care Lloyd
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