Problems and risks associated with long term use of antipsychotics indicate that Zyprexa tapering may offer better, healthier outcomes.
It is rare for a medical professional to truly have the expertise to confidently navigate Zyprexa tapering simply because doctors are not trained how to in medical school.
Antipsychotics like Zyprexa, may have been correctly indicated during a time of clearly demonstrable crisis, but this does not have to mean that a lifetime of being medicated is warranted.
Are you really your Diagnosis?
Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Zyprexa tapering for over 15 years, and we have documented our results in published evidence regarding our successes. A client’s underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways than hiding symptoms under strong prescription drugs. We frequently observe that medical conditions were overlooked, or that the original factors that contributed to the person’s crisis have since shifted, or that they were diagnosed prematurely or often, sadly, misdiagnosed.
Zyprexa users do not have to be subjected to harsh reactions to discontinuation. We have clinically proven ways to soften and eliminate symptoms and side effects so they are no longer troubling the person. Alternative to Meds Center has found many effective treatments and strategies to help people feeling good, feeling healthy and happily engaged in life without suffering from residual side effects of Zyprexa tapering.
15 Year Experience by Professionals Who Understand Your Journey.
Zyprexa shares the warnings that are typically given for virtually all antipsychotic medications. These include suicidality, cardiac arrest, stroke or other heart complications that may lead to death. Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is another grave concern which is a potentially fatal reaction requiring immediate cessation of the medication and emergency medical care. Another severe reaction or side effect is listed by the FDA label as diabetic coma, along with many others.
However, in addition to those risks, the FDA required the drugmaker, Eli Lilly, to issue a strong warning in 2007 for Zyprexa (olanzapine) in particular. Zyprexa was proven to cause high blood sugar and other metabolic issues, such as hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, (elevated triglycerides and cholesterol levels) more so than other antipsychotics. As a result, patients can gain excessive weight that can continue for as long as 2 years after beginning to take the drug. (1)
Weighing Risks to Benefits of Antipsychotic Medication
Although taking Zyprexa does carry risks such as those mentioned above, some persons also obtain relief from symptoms that are related to schizophrenia, acute episodes of psychosis or other conditions that Zyprexa may help dampen. The problem here is that the longer a person stays on antipsychotic medication, the higher the likelihood of developing tolerance to the drug, at which point it may begin to feel like the medication is not working as well in reducing the symptoms of the psychiatric disorder.
Original symptoms may begin to re-surface along with newly developed side effects, a potentially very unpleasant combination often leading to declining health. One may well consider stopping the drug at this juncture, but it is very important to remember never to do so abruptly as this can cause a cascade of undesirable and even dangerous consequences. Switching medications is another option, that usually involves a careful transition from one antipsychotic to another, or perhaps multiple medications may be in some cases carelessly introduced in an attempt to manage (suppress) unpleasant and problematic reactions to these prescription changes.
After considering the risks to benefits ratio, Zyprexa tapering may ultimately seem to be the best choice. But one must ensure it is done right, so as not to introduce more change than the body can handle in a possibly already weakened state. Seek the best oversight, instruction, and attentive care that is available for maximizing your successful outcome.
Natural Mental Health Treatment
The psychiatric industry relies almost 100% on drugs for therapy but acknowledges drugs cannot heal, only suppress symptoms. While the Alternative to Meds Center acknowledges that drugs can be necessary in some cases, we also stress the efficacy of non-drug-based therapies to achieve bettered mental health.
A balance can be attained and we work to help our clients achieve it. According to Harvard Medical School studies, non-pharmacological treatment can be just as effective as drug treatment. (3)
It is observably true that mental health, emotional health, and physical health all seem to operate in one continuum, in effect, subject to certain influences at different levels, but responding cohesively or in a sort of parallel motion. It is difficult to feel clear-headed and productive when one feels emotionally flat or physically sick, especially when one has been ailing for a significant length of time. One might find it difficult to feel happy when one has a broken and painful limb. In the same way, the mental and emotional dampening effect of drugs such as Zyprexa can take a relentless toll on a person and is possibly the leading reason why persons decide on a Zyprexa tapering treatment program as part of an overall program to improve mental wellness.
Clearly, when one is physically active, feeling fit, energetic and strong, one tends to feel brighter, more alive, more communicative, etc. At the Alternative to Meds Center, much work is done to discover root causes for symptoms and instead of masking them, actually addressing them for sustainable relief without drugs. We consider this approach conducive to natural mental health and is one of the fundamentals informing how our programs are designed.
Why Choose Inpatient Treatment for Zyprexa Tapering
Unfortunately, in an unsupportive or even negative environment, a person may be inclined to lose hope about recovery. In a positive supportive environment, a person may begin to feel more confident and hopeful, more responsive and engaged, more willing to do the work necessary to get well.
The Alternative to Meds Center provides a nurturing, supportive atmosphere where clients feel cared for, attended to, and as comfortable as possible by offering many types of adjunct therapies for comfort and for the reduction of discomfort that may otherwise accompany Zyprexa tapering. The Alternative to Meds Center provides a calming, well-staffed and welcoming atmosphere to give our clients the very best levels of care.
For More Information
We invite you to contact us at the Alternative to Meds Center to find out more about the science behind our programs, and the many adjunctive therapies used on a daily basis to help our clients recover the highest degree of natural mental health possible. It is not just about getting off medication safely, although that is a major goal. But additionally, we seek overall health improvements that can create a pathway to non-pharmacological based and sustained wellness where drugs tend to become unnecessary. Please ask us about insurance coverage as well, and how easy it may be for you or a loved one to enroll in our world-class Zyprexa tapering program at our center.
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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.