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andy

Hello I always wanted to return to the site and thank all that helped me in the dark hours and also the forum owner and originator for the tireless work that has helped so many people

Heres my thread when I first asked for help http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/6865-andy-hello-tapering-from-zyprexa/

 

I wont go into how I finally quit the drug because it wasnt the normal 10% approach although I tried 5 times and failed miserably.I found a good understanding doctor who helped me reduce and more than anything listened to me without prejudice.This helped enormously,I finally jumped off at 1.25mg and to be honest it wasnt to bad,by far the worst reduction was going just under 2.5mg,I had severe migraines ,nausea,heart palpitations,sickness,depression,mania,mood swings and relentless insomnia.The insomnia was by far the worst symptom as it made me anxious and very irritable ,all this while trying to be a good father and holding down a very stressful and demanding job.Of all the drugs I was put on Zyprexa was the hardest to quit,it was hell and back but it can be done

 

I have recently started my Taekwondo training again that I practiced for over 15 years but couldnt while I was on this terrible drug,I now feel calmer and sleep well.I put on over 3 stone while on zyprexa even though I ate a well balanced diet,I felt lethargic and had no interest in life,that has all changed and the weight is coming off steadily. Excercise has been the most helpful tonic for me and even when I had had zero sleep I went to my class and worked out.It slowly but steadily improved my sleep and made me feel confident again that I could get over all of this,when you start to see improvements you start to see light at the end of the tunnel

 

Things are heading in the right direction and my outlook on life is positive once again.I feel good

 

Once again thankyou for all your help and for people just starting the journey dont ever give in it can be done,god bless you all

 

Andy

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Petunia

Thank you for coming back to post a success story Andy. Congratulations on getting off Zyprexa, it sounds like your life has improved a lot, this is so good to hear.

 

How did you finally manage to taper off, even though we recommend the 10% method here, if someone is successful using another method, we like to know about it.

 

How did you deal with the insomnia, how long did it last?

 

How long have your been Zyprexa free?  It would be great if you would update your signature.

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andy

Hi Petunia

I dropped in 25% doses and held for 3 months or more,each time after 3 days insomnia hit me like a brick I chose to simply ignore it and  slowly it went away after 3 weeks each drop .Some nights I took an over the counter sleepeaze antihistamine  that helped a lot but I always tried to sleep naturally,ive had enough chemicals in my body.I tried melatonin but it nothing for me,I tried various vitamins etc but they also did nothing so I just decided good diet and excercise was the answer and to practice accpetance and be kind to myslef

I told myself my body would repair itself and it would get as much sleep as it needed if it was only an hour a night so be it then next night would be better and it was.Each drop the nausea and migraines seemed to take around 3 weeks to go away

 

When I got to 2.5mg I cut a tablet in half and took it every other day for a month,then cut the every other day tablet in a 1/4 until I got to 1.25mg every other day.Took that for 3 weeks then stopped.As I said getting just under 2.5mg was by far the worst drop,maybe it was all in my head and not pyhsical but this was the hardest barrier.I had to prepare myself mentally for it.

I think a big turning point for me was getting back into an excercise routine it gave me focus and a distraction,slowly it improved my sleep

I am left with some anxiety,tinnitus and If I am honest still not 100% confident in my sleep but time will heal that

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andy

I am only posting if it helps others and gives them hope,In the last three years my drug history looked like this and it started with prolonged antibiotic use which is where it all started to go wrong for me.Cant be specific with dosages and dates as its all a blur.The doctors constantly wanted to up my dosages when I complained I was feeling worse,one thing I look back on and am glad I stood my ground on was refusing to take higher doses of meds ,especially olanzapine. They wanted me on 15mg but I refused much to their disgust

 

3 months ciproflaxin for suspected prostate infection

3 months Tramodol for pain 

Put on Citalopram 50mg for depression anxiety,took off cold turkey

Hospitalised in a pyshciatric ward twice after citalopram use

Given open prescription for Lorezapam

Put on Quetiapine 150mg,took off cold turkey

Put on Sertraline 50mg  twice

Put on Olanzapine 5mg for almost 3 years

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Mjau

Hi Andy!

Great to hear you are off Zyprexa! I know someone who is on this drug and it has really horrible side effects for this person! 

How long have you been drug free? You write that you took 1/4 a pill every other day. I wonder if that affected you somehow? Did you feel different the days when you took the pill compared to the days when you didn't?

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andy

no i felt the same every day but i did do really long holds,when i got to 2.5mg i held for 4 months,ive been drug free about 3 months

getting just under 2.5mg was the hardest part

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Shep

It's always good to read an antipsychotic success story. My Seroquel withdrawal was very similar to yours - I made very large reductions but held for a long time when I got toward the end and luckily found this website. The last 6.25 mg was definitely the hardest. So it's good to see someone heal with a similar pattern. 

 

Thanks so much for coming back and writing this, Andy. You've brought hope to a lot of people. Wishing you much joy in your drug free life. 

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PluckyPony

Andy, your story radiates hope and possibilities. Knowing that it's possible and that real people have persevered against antipsychotics renewed my resolve to get off of Abilify for good.

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frasier23

Andy how many hours sleep do you have today? Do you feel refreshed?

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Altostrata

andy, what was it about the 10% reduction schedule that was difficult for you?

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andy

I sleep 6 hours on average some weeks I have one bad night with no sleep but can handle it

I think it was the amount of time it took alto maybe I'm just inpatient,I would still reccomend the 10% rule

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Santino

Andy

 

Hi friend... such an inspiring nice story to read. I really needed something like this today to enforce my belief that we can recover.

 

How is everything with you buddy...??? I Hope everything sails smooth for you now on....

 

Good Luck and stay away from meds.

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Bobo32

Andy how are you feeling now ? Are you fully recovered ? Have you expected anhedonia ? Were you able to shake it off? Ty

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Plshelp

I am also interested in your outcome. Have your emotions returned back to normal?

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Bobo32

Hello,

 

I hear you tapered off zyprexa succeessfully; I took took it last year for about 3 months and I used other drugs as well for a period over a year. Today i'm almost 4 months drug free but I still feel brain fog and restlessness as well as memory problems and cognitive issues as well.

How long have you been off the drug? Are you completely med free right now? 

Are you left with cognitive issues?

please share any experience you have about this drug because i'm really afraid zyprexa has done irreversible damage to me

 

Thanks in advance

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andy

Yes never looked back from it and my sleep is normal now zero anxiety or depression and I lost 3 stone in weight

Just take your time and carry on with life as normal as possible a day things will fall into place 

Try to excercise and supplement with magnesium and good probiotics

These Meds leech vitamins from your body especially magnesium and upset your gut microbiome 

Get off the Internet as well

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Bobo32

thanks andy for the quick reply.

So everything is back to normal now? how do you feel cognition and memory wise?

I'm 8 months post zyprexa today and I dont feel myself again. I quit 5 mg abruptly

I'm much better say 80 percent better than 8 months ago but still not myself again

Do you think I need more time to heal? how long did it take you?

thanks and good luck

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andy

Yes Cq t remeber but coming off 5mg quicYes never looked back from it and my sleep is normal now zero anxiety or depression and I lost 3 stone in weight

Just take your time and carry on with life as normal as possible a day things will fall into place 

Try to excercise and supplement with magnesium and good probiotics

These Meds leech vitamins from your body especially magnesium and upset your gut microbiome 

Get off the Internet as well

17 minutes ago, Bobo32 said:

thanks andy for the quick reply.

So everything is back to normal now? how do you feel cognition and memory wise?

I'm 8 months post zyprexa today and I dont feel myself again. I quit 5 mg abruptly

I'm much better say 80 percent better than 8 months ago but still not myself again

Do you think I need more time to heal? how long did it take you?

thanks and good luck

I came off very slowly even down to 1mg it was slow,the lower doses are the hardest 

Everything normal,for me your body and brain will heal,if you give it time,the correct nutrients,excercise and rest

I can't remeber how long you will have to look at my previous posts,I don't think about it anymore

 

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gigi63

Congratulations Andy!!!! God bless you. An inspiration to me and many others.  You are off and on your way!!!!  Thank you for sharing!!!! Jamie. 

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Bobo32

Hey andy,

how long have you been off zyprexa ? Are you completely drug free now ?

ive been off it 9 months now but i feel really bad brain fog, short term memory loss and anhedonia. I took lexapro and xanax for a while when i quit zyprexa but im drug free now for over 4 months and i have those horrible symptoms. Do your have them too? Will they ever go away ??

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andy

Yes they will go away no I don't any other drugs

4 months is nothing give it time for body and brain to adjust back to normal

Find a.new hobby get off the internet

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Bobo32
4 minutes ago, andy said:

Yes they will go away no I don't any other drugs

4 months is nothing give it time for body and brain to adjust back to normal

Find a.new hobby get off the internet

You had brain fog and anhedonia and they resolved ?

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andy

I had everything and it all resolved in time but you need to be patient and get on with life as best you can until it does

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Plshelp
On 6/29/2017 at 1:27 PM, andy said:

I had everything and it all resolved in time but you need to be patient and get on with life as best you can until it does

It's very difficult to get on with life when you're so impaired (no thoughts and various other implications) from the damage the medication has done. I struggle to move forward and ppl keep telling me to just give it time. 

 

I am glad to hear that you're doing so well Andy. 

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Judysgrl

Hi Andy, I have tried to get off zyprexa several times now. This last time i did 10% cuts and held for 30 days, but just as in previous attempts i could not get past just above 2.5 mgs mark. I think you said that for you it was just under the 2.5 mg mark that was most difficult for you. How did you do it? How did you finally get past that mark and was it easier after you did? Please help me if you can. I have reversible liver disease from this drug but if i dont get off of it the damage to my liver will become irreversible and i will need a transplant to live!

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andy
10 hours ago, Judysgrl said:

Hi Andy, I have tried to get off zyprexa several times now. This last time i did 10% cuts and held for 30 days, but just as in previous attempts i could not get past just above 2.5 mgs mark. I think you said that for you it was just under the 2.5 mg mark that was most difficult for you. How did you do it? How did you finally get past that mark and was it easier after you did? Please help me if you can. I have reversible liver disease from this drug but if i dont get off of it the damage to my liver will become irreversible and i will need a transplant to live!

I held for 3 months when I was struggling ,changing my diet and excercise drasticallly helped me

The liver can regenerate given the right nutrition and time,don't believe everything doctors tell you 

I never even think about zyprexa anymore

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Judysgrl

Thank you for replying Andy... i really appreciate it. When you were struggling at that certain dose what were your symptoms, do you remember? My goal is to try to not struggle as i have to work. Were you cutting 1/4 of a pill at a time? 

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andy

Bad anxiety,severe insomnia,brain zaps/flutter,depression,depersonaliseation,akashia

Yes 1/4 pills then said sod it I'm going to the gym every day to burn this crap out of my body and eventually it worked

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rupa

Dear Andy,

What is your sleep pattern now?

How are you coping up with insomnia?

How many hours a day you are sleeping?

Are you experiencing dreams and sleep disturbance?

Are you using any medicines for sleep?

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andy

Sleep is perfect no insomnia

8-10

Nice dreams

No medication needed or will ever go into my body again

I am fully healed

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Santino

Andy.... that's beautiful my friend...

You have no idea how many times i used to read your success story... i am just right behind now. A few more weeks and i will be free. Currently at 0.3Mg of Remeron.

You did well my friend. 

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rupa

How is your daughter?

How is family?

Thank you and God bless you.

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andy

Daughter is fine thanks

My wife divorced me,I lost my job and my house but now rebuilding my life again

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rupa

Andy !

 

You cold turkeyed, but never complained much about your symptoms here in the forum.

 

Your depression episode's reason is your daughter's birth.

 

Over the Entire Internet, your's is the only success story about coming off zyprexa.

 

I know how annoying getting dreams (hallucinations)every single day is.

But you would say dreams are nice.

 

Your patience and positive attitude is phenomenal.

 

You will definitely rebuild your life my friend.

The Best life is awaiting you.

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You are my inspiration to taper olanzapine.

 

Did you ever cut the olanzapine with tablet cutter?how did you cut the olanzapine?

Did you cut the 2.5 mg olanzapine with tablet cutter?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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andy
7 minutes ago, rupa said:

Andy !

 

You did cold turkeies but never complained much about your symptoms here in the forum.

 

Your depression episode reason is your daughter's birth.

 

Entire Internet your's is the only success story about coming off zyprexa.

 

I know how annoying,getting dreams (hallusinations)every single day.

But you would say dreams are nice.

 

Your patience and positive attitude is phenomenal.

 

You will definitely rebuild your life my friend.

The Best life is awaiting for you.

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You are my inspiration to taper olanzapine.

 

Did you ever cut the olanzapine with tablet cutter?how did you cut the olanzapine?

Did you cut the 2.5 mg olanzapine with tablet cutter?

 

 

Sometimes we have no choice in life but to carry on the best we can,healthy diet and exercise was a big turning point or me

Yes I used a pill cutter just a cheap one off eBay

You have to believe You can do this ,It is possible hard but possible

Good luck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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rupa

Thank you for real quick reply.

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