WITHDRAWAL CAUSE AND SOLUTION

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Can anyone tell me what could be the cause of the withdrawal symptoms from this drug? i've read lots and lots of horror stories online and there are lots and lots of people with problems like the ones talked about here.

I was given this drug for OCD intrusive thoughts and after stopping it they came back really bad and now i can't sleep properly, which is weird as i slept brilliant when taking it.

i never had this insomnia before so i think it has been caused by the olanzapine but my doctor says its not withdrawal, but i'm still ill so need the drug. i'm really not sure though.

can anyone help with any suggestions of anything to swallow or do that would help me get better please? i don't want any more drugs but i also don't want to feel like this...

thanks

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  • Posted

    Need more info really. Like what dose for how long and did you taper ?

    It sounds like withdrawals to me. Anything that helps you sleep will cause insomnia when you stop.

    Doctors know very little about all this

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    Need more info really. Like what dose for how long and did you taper ?

    It sounds like withdrawals to me. Anything that helps you sleep will cause insomnia when you stop.

    Doctors know very little about all this

    Report Reply
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    Need more info really. Like what dose for how long and did you taper ?

    It sounds like withdrawals to me. Anything that helps you sleep will cause insomnia when you stop.

    Doctors know very little about all this

    Report Reply
  • Posted

    Need more info really. Like what dose for how long and did you taper ?

    It sounds like withdrawals to me. Anything that helps you sleep will cause insomnia when you stop.

    Doctors know very little about all this

    Report Reply
  • Posted

    Need more info really. Like what dose for how long and did you taper ?

    It sounds like withdrawals to me. Anything that helps you sleep will cause insomnia when you stop.

    Doctors know very little about all this

    Report Reply
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    Yes, basically the only thing that will work is time. I took it for almost a year and have been off of it for about 7-8 months. And I still have pretty bad insomnia. It's much better though but it's a slow process that will feel at times that you take one step forward and then two back. There are non-addictive sleeping aids you can try that might help.

    Insomia is 100% a symptom of zyprexa withdrawal. However, maybe your insomnia isn't cause by zyprexa who knows? It doesn't really matter though since it's what you are suffering from. If it gets better with time (months) than maybe it its withdrawal if it doesn't it might be due to whatever else?

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      You could not be more correct about time. there are over the counter sleep aids that do help. Also teas help to relax before bed. It's been over 8 months for my husband. He went at it mostly cold Turkey per his Dr. He has really struggled. Know he is coming of Clonazepam. we are going about this the right was. He was given this drug years ago to help him sleep. It stopped working so he took more. It didn't work and I started seeing a pattern. His prescription said up to 2 a day. He ok with one at night for the longest time. over the last month one hasn't worked, and when he took a second the next day he would be more agitated than normal. It's a long hard road but it can be beat. Don't give up. These drugs are only a temporary fix. If you don't have support in this find some.

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    My doctor gave me something called Atarax (I don't know what it's called in the US), it's a fairly harmless antihistamine, it wasn't a perfect solution, but it helped.

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    hello everyone thanks for replieing.

    sarah I was on 5mg for about 9 months, then went to 2.5mg but started getting bad thoughts after that drop. everything was pretty okay until i reduced. why could that be? i withdrew over a month, one doctor told me to cut the 2.5mg tablet so i went to 3/4, 1/2 then 1/4. things got really bad then and i've had to go back on 2.5mg to be able to sleep. was this too fast?

    daz i looked at those links and they are really interesting it seems that i might have withdrew to fast after reading them. never heard of G.A.B.A. before now. you went to see peter and you are ok now? what did he give you or tell you? can you tell me?

    thomas and terri, i didn't have sleep issues until taking olanzapine so i think its down to it. i don't like to think it will take that long to get sleep back to normal if i come off it again, but at least now i'm taking it again i can sleep. but i dont want to take the drug at all.

    this is horrible 😦

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      I am off 14 months but on other meds which i am reducing. I was on 2.5 for 5 months then tapered with liquid over 2 months. 1 month on 1.25mg then 1 month on 6.25 then off. It was bearable got bad 5 to 8 weeks off. I think my other meds made it easier.

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    Same dose I was on Diamond. And yes, Peter helped me. Well, that's a MASSIVE understatement, I'd have been in a right state if I hadn't gone to see him.

    I learned EXACTLY what was happening, and why. I carried out the training he gave me consistently and could feel myself getting better by the day. Sure there were some bad days, but they became fewer and farther between.

    If you want to get sorted, I really recommend you make some inquiries with Peter. I think it would be better if you dealt directly with him as opposed to me telling you what worked for me as we are all different; I don't know your medical background etc.

    In fact, my advice for anyone suffering from this drug's withdrawal is this; it truly was the best thing I ever did regarding this horrible stuff.

    Best wishes, hope everyone gets healed in 2019 😃

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