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Zyprexa Alternatives

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Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Lyle Murphy

Zyprexa alternatives have become a hot topic — many people desire more effective mental health treatments. They want to eliminate the suffocating side effects of antipsychotic medications and feel confident using alternative drug-free options for a balanced, satisfying life.

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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Why Consider Zyprexa Alternatives?

Zyprexa alternativesWhen 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. That can be a prelude to the hopelessness that there is no help at all. Ultimately, side effects can become too overwhelming to continue treatment. Some side effects can even be potentially lethal, such as gastric hypomobility, or shutting down the intestines.1 Weight gain, diabetes, and other reactions are clearly noted in consumer warnings issued by the FDA.5 There can be much better, safer, and less toxic alternatives than Zyprexa.

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

symptoms such as depressionHealthcare providers may recommend Zyprexa substitutes such as therapy or other antipsychotic medications, such as Haldol (haloperidol), Clozaril (clozapine), and others. The FDA has licensed Zyprexa, (generic name olanzapine) for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Doctors also prescribe it to treat depression. Some doctors have prescribed it for eating disorders as it causes weight gain in a significant percentage of those who take the drug.

multiple drug prescriptionsThe drug manufacturers recommend prescribing Zyprexa in combination with the antidepressant Prozac, (generic fluoxetine). Zyprexa, classified as an atypical (second generation) antipsychotic, is intended to reduce symptoms of the above mentioned mental conditions. However, antipsychotic medications as well as antidepressants typically cause unwanted side effects. Therefore, medication may not render adequate treatment for some individuals. Doctors also prescribe Zyprexa when other drugs do not work, such as when persons with depression do not respond to antidepressants. So, some Zyprexa users are already taking it because previous drug treatments were unsatisfactory. Studies clearly show that a drug like Zyprexa can produce no improvements for some, and horrible outcomes for others. 2, 4

holistic alternativesWhen depressed individuals unsuccessfully try many different drugs that don’t work, it can worsen depression and lead an individual to feel utterly lost. An individual might begin to wonder why the drug is not working. They may even start to think that there is something hopelessly wrong with them. There is nothing wrong that cannot be, at the very least, improved if not fully resolved with the correct treatment. 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. Maybe the problems weren’t because of a label you were given, but more likely, some contributing factors just weren’t looked into. Effective alternative treatments provide relief in a way that can sort out the matter, and help to avoid the risks of psychotropic medications.

Desirable Zyprexa Alternative Therapies

Zyprexa alternatives include:

  • Acupuncture*
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Psychosocial treatments (may be effective for schizophrenia treatment)
  • Exercise
  • Dietary changes, notably a keto-based diet
  • Nutritional therapy with necessary vitamins and supplements
  • Structured lifestyle changes and additional healing therapies

*Acupuncture was found to effectively reduce stress hormones (i.e., cortisol) according to a double-blind study published in the Iranian Psychiatric Journal.

While massage therapy alone likely won’t adequately replace the need for antipsychotic medication in a crisis situation, individuals with depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, can combine simple therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and learned relaxation techniques as strategic assets within a well-rounded, comprehensive Zyprexa alternatives program.

Each person has their own level of ability for physical activity, and a structured plan can be devised to accommodate what a person can do. Progress is more important than strenuous or excessive efforts.

When a well-structured treatment plan is created, natural alternatives to Zyprexa can be not only very useful but often much more effective than prescription drugs.3

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 regularly
  • Creating a healthy diet plan
  • Eating nutritious foods
  • Consuming any needed vitamins or supplements
  • Physical activities, i.e., 30 minutes, 2-5 times a week
  • Coaching on maintaining healthy relationships
  • Education and assistance for how to maintain a toxin-free environment
  • Information and 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

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

Complementary doctors tend to recommend 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.

lab testing The answers are different for each person who wants to know how to safely correct or lessen the symptoms that often lead to being prescribed this medication. For example, testing can reveal excessive amounts of dopamine (the neurochemical of reward). An excess of this natural chemical will cause everything to be too stimulating. Consequently, this can result in manic episodes. Rather than suppressing the symptoms, correcting the diet can vastly improve this condition, along with targeted supplements and other measures. 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. As well, genetics may be pertinent where manic episodes are present. 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 a comprehensive array of treatments that are designed to get to the root of the problems a person has been experiencing, as opposed to simply dulling the awareness of unwanted symptoms, or deadening the person’s reactions to life. Reducing symptoms along with reducing dosage are two prime points of focus, in tandem, for a safe, manageable experience.

The Center uses science and evidence-based treatments, many of which are specifically selected based on test results and patient assessments. Guesswork and intuition have no profound roles here. We are looking for answers, and we work with each client individually to hone in on the exact factors that need addressing. This thoroughness is reflected in our clients’ successes and what sets us apart from other “drug treatment” centers that do not offer these options, and sadly, have no real awareness of effective alternative treatments and resources to promote wellness.

Alternative Zyprexa Treatments for Recovery

Following are examples of techniques used to successfully reduce the dosage 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 one of the most glaring and significant problems).
  • 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

Once the individual feels relaxed and stable from these therapies, the doctor can slowly reduce the drug.

Alternative to Meds Offers Effective Zyprexa Alternatives

Zyprexa alternatives at Alternative To MedsAlternative to Meds Center in beautiful Sedona Arizona has been helping people for over 15 years to extricate themselves from the tangle that can occur when drug dependence and drug side effects and unwanted symptoms needed authentic help. We offer the kind of help that can give a person back access to their hopes and dreams and their love of life. 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.

1. Aiken C, “A Potentially Lethal Side Effect You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.” The Carlat Psychiatry Report [Internet] 2020 May [cited 2020 Sep 3]

2. Spielmans G, “Olanzapine No Better than Placebo for Borderline Personality Disorder.” The Carlat Psychiatry Report [Internet] 2009 Feb [cited 2020 Sep 3]

3. Carlat D, “The Trouble With Zyprexa.” The Carlat Psychiatry Report [Internet] 2003 Feb [cited 2020 Sep 3]

4. “Summary Safety Review – Atypical antipsychotics – Assessing the potential risk of Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)” published by Health Canada [Internet] 2018 Apr 10 [cited 2020 Sep 3]

5. Zyprexa (olanzapine) label FDA [Internet] approval 1996 [cited 2020 Sep 3]

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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