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At Alternative to Meds Center, we know that better answers exist than antipsychotic withdrawal effects or being medicated with psychiatric drugs for a lifetime. Are you more than ready for yourself, or for the one you love to start living life in the way you know is possible?

Psychotic breaks and episodes are among the commonly reported antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms. These medications are approved to be prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. However, psychotic episodes can emerge fiercely when one of these medications is discontinued. Therefore, having antipsychotic withdrawal help is crucial. These drugs do not show a high risk of being abused, but when discontinued, it is very likely that symptoms of antipsychotic discontinuation syndrome will appear. Discontinuation syndrome symptoms can be much more severe if the drug is abruptly discontinued as the body needs time to adjust. Withdrawal symptoms have also been reported when reducing the daily dosage, switching from one drug to another, and even when forgetting or missing just one dose patients have reported mild withdrawal symptoms.

A common confusion occurs when a person is going through antipsychotic discontinuation syndrome; it is hard to identify whether the person is sick and experiencing antipsychotic withdrawal psychosis or if they are experiencing a relapse of their original symptoms. It is very important to talk to a doctor before reducing your dosage. It is never advised to stop taking your medication abruptly as this can emerge potentially dangerous risks to your health. Having medical supervision and support such as what we offer at Alternative to Meds Center will greatly decrease risks to your health. Medical support can also come from a willing doctor, nurse, practitioner, rehab, antipsychotic tapering center, or prescription medication treatment center. Medical providers can offer antipsychotic withdrawal treatment and assist you in tapering off of the medication; slowly reducing the dose will lessen symptoms and make the medication withdrawal process much easier.

Sudden antipsychotic withdrawal may yield symptoms such as anxiety, dizziness, tremor, and nausea, electric shock like pains, insomnia, sedation, and lightheadedness. Deterioration of sleep quality and sleep disturbance is one of the most commonly reported during this withdrawal. Other symptoms include digestive problems, loss of appetite, shakiness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, among many other things. Common psychological symptoms of withdrawal include hallucinations, anorexia, psychosis, restlessness, diaphoresis, emesis, agitation, myalgia and delusions. Schizophrenia withdrawal can also unveil covert dyskinesia. Covert dyskinesia, a masked form of tardive dyskinesia, is only detectable after discontinuation of psychiatric meds. Dyskinesia is a movement disorder; it consists mainly of difficulty with performing voluntary movements and the inability to control involuntary movements of the tongue, lips, face and extremities.

For at home taper programs, in order to safely and effectively avoid serious withdrawal symptoms, the dosage must be slowly reduced over months or even a year, maybe more. Our methods of antipsychotic withdrawal help can lessen both the time, and the complications. It improves the ability to discontinue medication and help patients understand the withdrawal they may have. We are also an educational facility that teaches our residents what may have originated the problems, and how to avoid them. During withdrawal, each person needs to be treated uniquely in order for each person’s needs to be met. Each participant has a proper antipsychotic tapering method, specific nutritional therapy, alternative mental health therapies, dietary changes, exercise of the mind and body, mental and physical therapies, and anything else needed for each person to get off and stay off of these medications.

The reasons why a person experiences symptoms of withdrawal when discontinuing use of an antipsychotic is because when Dopamine is restricted by the use of these medications, it changes the synapse in the brain. The synapse is the place where a nerve talks to other nerves and Dopamine is what excites the impulsivity of the original nerve to the receptors of the next nerve. When there is little Dopamine due to use of the drug, the neurology changes, and produces too many Dopamine receptors. Then, when the individual stop taking the drug, there is more Dopamine released, and it now has to impact excessive numbers of Dopamine receptors. They will usually add to that eating sugar, smoking cigarettes, or drinking coffee if those were some of the things that they did for stimulation while taking the medication.

This can cause hospitalization or severe symptoms. Individuals are then often told that they will have to take the drug for the rest of their life. All of this is very discouraging. The Alternative to Meds Center Founder has had personal experiences with this path. To offer successful antipsychotic withdrawal treatment, we employ the methods listed below. Lab tests to identify what the causes of the original issues are. Usually, toxicity is found as our culprit. Toxicity can be a result of environmental sources, or from genetics, and we focus on clearing the toxins out though bio-transformative processes. We restrict processed foods, sugar and caffeine and use supplements to support inhibitory parts of the neurochemistry which will be beneficial to these individuals. When the individual feels the stable and sedating effects of the alternative to psychiatry therapies we employ, their dosage can be reduced slowly.

Our program can offer help for Geodon withdrawal, Seroquel withdrawal, Zyprexa withdrawal, Risperdal withdrawal, and other anti-psychotic withdrawals. Our program is aimed to stabilize the neurochemistry through natural substances, orthomolecular medicine, and we use body detoxification for removal of accumulated neurotoxins, targeted nutrient therapy, IV amino treatment, alternative mental health treatments, massage, exercise, personal training, peer support, yoga, and other forms of effective antipsychotic withdrawal help.

We find success every day at Alternative to Meds Center, and hold weekly graduations for our participants’ success. Family and friends are including in the approximate 50 people that attend. Some unbelievable tales are told, sometimes they recount several years spent in suffering, with excellent clarity. This inspires us to know that they have what they need to sustain a healthy lifestyle and be a guiding light for others. You are invited to call us and talk, and understand the types of help that are available.

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