Antipsychotic  Withdrawal

Antipsychotic Withdrawal

Antipsychotics are a variety of medications used primarily to manage psychosis, hallucinations, delusions and disordered thought.  Though often effective at the onset, antipsychotics are typically not well tolerated for long term use and often lead to significant unwanted side-effects.


A person is usually put on an antipsychotic when they have had a psychotic break, or when other medications fail to work. People that are medicated on these drugs are often unable to perform in life as they would like to, find it hard to set goals, and have difficulty perceiving reward in life. These side effects are commonly deemed better than continued visits to the hospital or loss of sleep in the case of extreme insomnia, so the person remains on the drug.  

These medications, such as Risperdal, Lithium, and Seroquel, are typically prescribed for individuals who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In some cases, people take these medications for severe depression or anxiety. Side-effects of these medications can be overcome and antipsychotic withdrawal can be conquered with treatment.

Antipsychotics are not the only solution for psychotic symptoms.

Antipsychotics are not the only solution for psychotic symptoms.

To successfully taper people from antipsychotics, we have to work towards discovering what the underlying problems may be. First, we run lab tests to identify the potential root causes of the symptoms. In most cases, toxicity is found to be a large contributor. Whether toxicity is a result of the person’s environment or their genetics, we work towards clearing them out.

We restrict the use of processed foods, sugar, caffeine, limit the number of cigarettes and utilize supplements that are known to be beneficial for these individuals and which will work towards stabilizing the neurochemistry. 


When the individual begins to feel the balance and sedation that the natural therapies and tapering provide, their medication can be reduced slowly and adjusted as needed.


What is happening to create psychotic thoughts or behaviors?

The answer is specific for each individual, but usually there is an excess of Dopamine. Dopamine is our “reward” neurochemical, and excess Dopamine will make everything stimulating and can cause mania. This can result from neurotoxins stimulating the neurology.

We work at correcting the source of symptoms.

This can occur from exposure to toxins, or is often connected to a genetic problem that affects how that individual clears toxins. For instance, a poor methylator won’t be able to clear heavy metals, and will accumulate them in nerve and brain tissue. A poor diet that lacks essential nutrients such as Vitamin C, B6, Niacin, Zinc, and preservatives, low blood sugar, or other food problems may cause psychosis in sensitive people.


One does not have to suffer side effects in return for inefficient relief.


What is happening to create psychotic thoughts or behaviors?

What is happening to create psychotic thoughts or behaviors?

When excitatory Dopamine is limited due to the use of an antipsychotic drug, the brain is altered at the synapse. The synapse is where one nerve talks to another. Dopamine excites the impulse of the originating nerve to the next nerves receptors. When the Dopamine level is low, the neurology changes, and makes more Dopamine receptors. With more receptors, the small amount of Dopamine has the same stimulating effect even in the presence of an antipsychotic. So the dosage is often increased, which brings on more side effects.

When the person quits taking the drug, more Dopamine is released and is now responsible for an excessive amount of receptors. This can result in hospitalization or extreme antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms without professional help.

How to get off Antipsychotics.

To efficiently taper users from Antipsychotics we implement programs for Risperdal withdrawal, Risperidone withdrawal, Olanzapine withdrawal, and Seroquel withdrawal by employing the following techniques. First, we do lab tests to see what might have caused the original symptoms. Often, we find from lab testing that toxicity is the culprit. Whether toxicity is a result of environment, or genetics, we then work to detoxify the person’s body. We restrict sugar, processed foods and caffeine and use supplements which are beneficial for individuals in withdrawal and supplements which will support the inhibitory aspects of the person’s neurochemistry


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How to ease symptoms while stopping antipsychotics.

How to ease symptoms while stopping antipsychotics.

Our program is aimed at stabilizing the person’s neurochemistry with natural substances, and we use detoxification to remove accumulated environmental neurotoxins, targeted nutritional therapy, IV amino therapy, yoga, peer support, counseling, massage, personal training, and holistic therapies that efficiently address the anticipated Antipsychotic side effects withdrawal symptoms. Once the person begins to experience sedation and stability as a result of the natural therapies and tapering, the medication is then reduced slowly and adjusted if needed.


We have helped thousands of people overcome antipsychotic withdrawal.


Imagine if withdrawal psychosis could be averted.

Imagine if withdrawal psychosis could be averted.

Antipsychotic withdrawal truly needs to be done with medical supervision. Antipsychotics hyper-sensitize Dopamine receptors that can create complications for an at-home withdrawal process. With someone who has taken antipsychotics for severe symptoms for several years, we may decide to lower their dosage to the lowest level possible so as to create stability while optimizing function.

Then, over a 6 to 12 month period, they can continue to reduce their medication at home or in our aftercare program.  Our counselors, life coaches, case managers and peer support model provide the container necessary to truly offer an alternative to a lifetime of psychiatric drugging. If you or someone you love is not benefiting from taking antipsychotics, we invite you to call us and obtain the assistance you are likely waiting for. Call the number listed on this page and someone will be there to speak with you and answer your questions.


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