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Zyprexa Alternatives

Zyprexa Alternatives

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Zyprexa alternatives have become sought after because many people desire more effective mental health treatments. They want to eliminate side effects that accompany antipsychotic medications.

Alternative to Meds Center provides effective Zyprexa alternatives treatment that can help those who want to come off this medication and start living their lives more fully!

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When Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is initially prescribed and administered, there is no real way to tell beforehand how a patient will react. Possibly, this medication may not be sufficient to control a patient’s symptoms. Additionally, side effects may be too bothersome to continue treatment. These reasons lead many people to seek alternatives to Zyprexa.

WARNING: Individuals should always consult a doctor before reducing their dosage or discontinuing use of their medication.

Healthcare providers may recommend Zyprexa substitutes such as therapy or other prescription medications, such as Haldol, also known as Haloperidol. The FDA has licensed Zyprexa, (generic name Olanzapine) for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Doctors also prescribe it to treat depression. The drug manufacturers recommend prescribing Zyprexa in combination with the antidepressant Prozac, (generic fluoxetine). Zyprexa, classified as an atypical (second generation) antipsychotic, provides prescribed medication for some who seek to reduce symptoms of the above mentioned mental conditions. However, most if not all antipsychotic medications cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, this medication may not render adequate treatment for some individuals. Doctors also prescribe Zyprexa when other drugs do not work, and when persons with depression do not respond to antidepressants. So, some Zyprexa users are already taking it is an alternative to previous drug treatments.

When depressed individuals unsuccessfully try many different drugs that don’t work, it can worsen depression and lead an individual to feel lost. An individual might begin to wonder why the drug is not working. They may even start to think that there is something wrong with them. There is nothing wrong with them. Prescription medications are not the only treatment for depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder. When prescription drugs such as antipsychotics don’t work, it may be time to consider Zyprexa alternative therapies. Effective alternative treatments provide relief in a way that can avoid the side effect risks of psychotropic medications.

Desirable Zyprexa Alternative Therapies

Zyprexa alternative therapies include:

  • acupuncture
  • massage
  • chiropractic therapy
  • psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • psychosocial treatments (may be effective for schizophrenia treatment)
  • exercise
  • dietary changes
  • nutritional therapy with necessary vitamins and supplements
  • other lifestyle changes or healing therapies
  • and much more.

While massage therapy alone likely won’t adequately replace the need for an antipsychotic medication in individuals with depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, simple therapies such as massage can be one part of well-rounded Zyprexa alternatives help plan. When a well structured treatment plan is created, natural alternatives to Zyprexa can be very useful, often much more effective than prescription drugs. Effective antipsychotic alternatives used in a treatment plan may consist of:

  • counseling or psychotherapy once or twice a week
  • seeing an acupuncturist
  • massage therapist or chiropractor once a week
  • creating a healthy diet plan
  • eating nutritious foods
  • consuming any needed vitamins or supplements
  • physically active for thirty minutes, 2-5 times a week
  • maintaining healthy relationships
  • maintaining a toxin-free environment
  • coaching on how to avoid things that are bad for you such as toxic relationships, drugs, smoking cigarettes, or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, for example.

Consider Consulting a Doctor Who Practices Holistic Alternatives

Individuals seeking Zyprexa replacement options may consider consulting a doctor who practices Zyprexa holistic alternatives and who practice complimentary medicine. Alternative and holistic doctors only prescribe drugs when necessary and after trying every other possible option.

Complimentary doctors offer adjunctive therapies such as massage or acupuncture in combination with prescription medications. Doctors working on a patient-to-patient basis can recommend plenty of natural and potentially effective treatments if their patient is not interested in taking medication or multiple medications.

These types of doctors can help create an adequate Zyprexa withdrawal replacement treatment plan, monitor progress, and help patients make any necessary changes.

The answer is different for each person asking why they are experiencing the symptoms that often lead to being prescribed this medication. However, testing can reveal excessive amounts of dopamine (the neurochemical of reward). An excess of it will cause everything to be too stimulating. Consequently, this can result in manic episodes. As well, genetics may be pertinent where manic episodes are present. Another factor that can lead to excess dopamine is eating a diet that is lacking essential nutrients such as niacin, vitamins B6 and C, zinc, among others. Low blood sugar and other food-related issues can also result in psychotic episodes or mania, particularly in sensitive individuals. Zyprexa, like all antipsychotic medications, restricts dopamine. Unfortunately, this also results in a person who is now unable to enjoy life’s rewards.

Alternative to Meds Center’s Integrative Approach

getting off zyprexaAlternative to Meds Center uses the following techniques to successfully withdraw a person from antipsychotic drugs, while concurrently reducing side effects:

  • lab tests to identify what the causes may be of the original symptoms (we usually find toxicity to be the problem).
  • cleanse the person of environmentally accumulated neurotoxins
  • use natural substances to stabilize neurochemistry
  • we employ amino acid therapies
  • targeted nutritional treatments
  • support from peers
  • yoga, massage, exercise
  • and many other holistic therapies that can address any expected side effects.

Once the individual feels relaxed and stable from these therapies, the doctor can slowly reduce the drug. We invite your call, so you can talk with us and find out more about the kinds of help that Alternative to Meds Center can provide concerning Zyprexa alternatives.



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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