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Antipsychotic Withdrawal, Alternatives and Tapering

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Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Written by Lyle Murphy
Antipsychotic withdrawal can be the most confusing type of medication withdrawal of them all.

These medications can potentially complicate situations to the point where one might wonder if the drug itself might be the problem. We look at these potential misdiagnoses or overmedicating cases with a critical eye, and in 75% of the cases find that the drugs can be sustainably eliminated … and that in many of the others that the medications can be reduced to increase the quality of life.

Do Your Symptoms Require Antipsychotic Meds?

Many people who were put on antipsychotics were put on them in a crisis situation. But does that really define who they are to the point of needing a lifetime of anesthetizing? While each situation is different, most people would be surprised to learn what impact a bad diet, blood sugar problems, marijuana use, and other rectifiable variables have on their mental health. Also, there are genetic contributors that can often be circumnavigated with environmental and orthomolecular methodologies to provide additional support to vulnerable dispositions.

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75% of the people coming to us became antipsychotic free. And, that is a very high number considering that we are not always aiming for medication-free within the short time span that we have with the participant residentially. And even more participants were able to taper lower after time away from the program. This third-party evaluated outcome study can be seen by clicking the below button.


Also, below is more information about each drug. For more information on antipsychotic withdrawal, click on the type of antipsychotic medication below to learn more information. We offer peer-reviewed resources, facts, and FAQs about common typical and atypical antipsychotics, and medications used to treat the symptoms of psychosis. We provide a wealth of information regarding the dangers of stopping antipsychotics abruptly, withdrawal symptoms from antipsychotic medications, and information on how to taper and quit antipsychotic drugs safely and naturally.

Antipsychotics Medication FAQs

Because each typical and atypical antipsychotic medication will have its own side effects, dangers, interactions, and risks, click on the type of antipsychotic medication you have a question about above. Otherwise, below are frequently asked questions on antipsychotics in general.

Do you have a personal question about these drugs? Would you feel more comfortable speaking with one of our clinical team? Contact Us and we will answer your question.

What Does it Mean when a drug is Called a “Typical Antipsychotic?”

“Typical Antipsychotics” are early generation drugs that were originally developed to treat psychosis. What’s the difference between Atypical Versus Typical Antipsychotics? Both are dopamine antagonists, though the “newer” atypical drugs are usually much shorter-acting, and are excreted from the body much more quickly. Typical antipsychotics are more likely to cause extrapyramidal side effects than atypical side effects.

Typical antipsychotics medications were developed much earlier, with some medications being in use since the 1950s. Atypical antipsychotics medications were developed much more recently, with the latest generations gaining approval for use in the 1990s.

Typical antipsychotics medications include:
  • Haldol (haloperidol)
  • Loxitane (loxapine)
  • Mellaril (thioridazine)
  • Moban (molindone)
  • Navane (thiothixene)
  • Prolixin (fluphenazine)
  • Serentil (mesoridazine)
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine)
  • Trilafon (perphenazine)
  • Thorazine (chlorpromazine)
Atypical antipsychotics medications include:
  • Abilify (aripiprazole)
  • Clozaril (clozapine)
  • Geodon (ziprasidone)
  • Risperdal (risperidone)
  • Seroquel (quetiapine)
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine)
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