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I have been taking olanzapine inconsistently for about a year and a half, once every 4 to 10 days. I'm pretty sure that these gaps in between taking it has likely lead to some withdrawal symptoms by themselves, so I believe that I am already and have been experiencing withdrawal symptoms. At this point I am also beginning to build tolerance, since I am not sleeping as much as I used to on this drug.
I chose to take it primarily to help with insomnia and found that days in between taking it I would be able to get good amounts of sleep. I also saw this as a way to minimize the effects of weight gain and cognitive impairment. I now recognize the severe mistake I made in taking it not as directed, and using it for an off label use.
The insomnia I was dealing with before taking this drug made me develop minor memory problems. nothing too bad that would ruin my social welfare and endanger my life goals, social life, and future but the olanzapine only has helped to intensify my existing memory problems. If I choose to taper slowly over months, I believe my memory will continue to get worse. I will probably become disabled. My memory is already severe to the point to where I struggle to keep up with any conversation.
If I attempt to quit olanzapine too my memory gets worse, it gets worse when I don't sleep and my mind starts to shut down. Either way I choose to go things are going to get bad. If I go cold turkey that would mean very intense pain, taking nausea and headache meds and being unable to live properly doing nothing for possibly up to a year until it goes away.
If I quit maybe 6 months ago I would probably been able to bear the brunt of withdrawal symptoms by treating my nausea, but now that is not the case as I said.
Does withdrawal itself make memory worse, has anyone experienced memory problems when withdrawing? Is there any kind of supplement I can use, anything that can be done to prevent the memory problems from worsening, because if I can’t do anything about it my immediate future is pretty much done. I need help and advice. What should be the best way to go about this?
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