Olanzapine taper

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I read an old post with a woman that shared a successful taper schedule. I'm currently taking 3.75 mg. I plan to go slow and I've been on for a month. Does anyone know at what low dose emotional numbness begins to subside?


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    please can you let me know how the sloe taper was done. I am currently tapering at 10% every two weeks. I am wondering if that is slow enough

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    My "feeling like an emotional zombie" was my number one reason for wanting off of Zyprexa/Olanzapine. I felt no emotion....not happy, not sad, no anticipation, no excitement...it was even hard for me to love...I could not cry. When I spoke with my doctor about it, he just offered additional medication. I said no thank you and just dealt with it.

    I have been off Olanzapine since Feb 2018. I started my taper in June 2015 so you can see I took my sweet time.

    I cry all the time now! I cry when happy, sad, at movies, at weddings LOL My zombie stupor is GONE! I began to feel myself coming back when I got under 2.5 mg per day. Once I got down to a crumb every 3 days, I noticed after 3 months or so that I was crying again! I feel it doesn't take much to numb you emotionally. But, do not worry about it never coming back. It does! I even lost that horrific craving for sugar once I got down to a very low dose.

    So far, I've also lost 15 lbs of the 30 lbs I gained on that medication.


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      I must say I was feeling pretty hopeless until I read your post and one other person that successfully tapered. you are a source of inspiration and there are thousands stuck on this horrible drug. I'm doing ok at just a little under 2.5mg. You are right about the numbness subsiding at the lower dose range. I'm going to stay here for at least a week. I'm done from 10 and last night was the first night I slept solid for 7 to 8 hours without waking up:) Granted I have only been on it about a month. How long were on it before you started your official taper in 2015?

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      HiLucy. Please let me know what dose you tapered from and how you did your taper. It seems you took a very long time. Did you alternate dsys and did yiu have any help from a doctor

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      You mention you were down to a crumb every 3 days. How long did you stay on this very low dosage and what rate did uou cut down by each time.

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      Hey Lucy,

      How long had you been taking antipsychotics, or the 2.5 mg before you started your official taper from 2.5 mg?


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    I do not feel happy because of the olanzapine, i actually am more happy and upbeat when i do not take the drug.

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