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Last Updated on July 20, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

It is uncommon for a medical professional to truly have the expertise much less the time to put together a comprehensive program for Fanapt alternatives in treatment.

Atypical antipsychotics like Fanapt may have been needed during a time of demonstrable crisis. However, one can examine Fanapt alternatives if feasible, to avoid a lifetime of being medicated if that is not what the person wants.

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What is Meant by Fanapt Alternatives?

We are not talking about better drugs, or different drugs, or combining Fanapt with more drugs, or electroconvulsive therapy. At Alternative to Meds Center, we offer our clients the opportunity to discover and treat the real underlying and contributing factors that threw a person over the edge into unmanageable psychosis, or other severe conditions that led to a physician prescribing a drug such as Fanapt.

What Kinds of Things Commonly Trigger Psychotic Episodes?

gut microbiome brain connectionSome of the most common reasons for triggering an episode of psychosis range from experimenting with recreational drugs, to suddenly stopping drinking alcohol after long-term use, to being exposed to some kind of environmental toxin, and even to medical conditions. Usually, the causes for a sudden psychotic episode are the last thing on anyone’s mind when in the middle of such a crisis. But after the crisis has somewhat settled, this is an optimum time to start looking for those underlying reasons.

Once some of the potential culprits are discovered, these can be addressed for long-term and sustainable relief of symptoms. Importantly, many of these could be classified as medical conditions.

Some of the most documented triggers for psychosis are:

  • Mercury, lead or other types of poisoning
  • Severe dehydration
  • Low sodium in the blood
  • Liver disease
  • Toxic molds in living quarters
  • Recreational drug use, i.e., cannabis, cocaine, etc.
  • Prescribed drugs, i.e., Prozac or others which are renowned for inducing psychosis/ agitation/ violent mood swings, etc.
  • Stopping alcohol suddenly after chronic misuse
  • Exposure to environmental toxins, i.e., digoxin in the foxglove flowering plant,1 chemicals in cleaners and solvents, etc.
  • Sleep deprivation, prolonged sleep loss 2
  • Nutritional deficiencies, crashing blood sugar levels, etc.
  • PTSD/heavy stress
  • Medical condition such as high blood sugar as in diabetes 3
  • and more.

Pronouncement of a Mental Illness Does Not Equal a Cure

fanapt alternativesIt is well documented that physicians are in the vast majority trying their best to help their patients. However, let’s remember that pronouncing a mental label does not actually fix what is wrong. As in the case of so many of our clients at Alternative to Meds Center, once the reason for the psychosis was discovered, after addressing those cause(s), the label becomes redundant. Correcting the diet, removing neurotoxins from the body, and other actions are much more important and could be absolutely critical to the recovery (tapering and withdrawal) process.

A not uncommon example, a person can go into a hallucinatory state due to crashed blood sugar levels.3 Consequently, the problem will never be cured by sedating the person with Fanapt or other drugs just to make their symptoms invisible. However, the underlying health condition, hypoglycemia, would also remain invisible and would continue to put the person at risk both mentally and physically. We must always search for underlying causes and treat them properly when they are discovered.

Find Out More About Alternative to Meds Center

Call us for more information about the thorough testing and treatment programs the center offers, and how we support natural mental health. Fanapt alternatives could be the answer you or a loved one has been needing to find for a long time.

1. Gorelick DA, Kussen SZ, Khaun I, Paranoid delusions and auditory hallucinations associated with digoxin intoxication. J Nerv Ment Dis and NCBI [INTERNET] 1978 Nov [cited 2020 Mar 24]

2. Heavner W, “Why do humans hallucinate on little sleep?” Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, Stanford University [Internet] 2016 Feb 19 [cited 2020 Aug 17]

3. Sahoo S, Mehra A, Grover S, Acute Hyperglycemia Associated With Psychiatric Symptoms in a Patient with Diabetes Mellitus: A Case Report. Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience [INTERNET] 2016 Nov/Dec [cited 2020 Mar 24]

Originally Published Mar 23, 2020 by Diane Ridaeus

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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