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Zyprexa Tapering

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Last Updated on March 3, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Written by Diane Ridaeus
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Someday in the not-too-distant future, we hope med school will teach physicians how to help their patients with Zyprexa tapering. This alone could revolutionize the quality of mental health care.

There likely was a good reason for prescribing Zyprexa to a person mid-crisis. However, let’s now look at resolving root causes that precipitated the crisis, and explore sane and non-toxic ways to regain mental health, beyond relying on harsh antipsychotic medications.

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Zyprexa Tapering at Alternative to Meds Center

zyprexa tapering reactionsZyprexa tapering (olanzapine) does not have to subject a person to harsh reactions. We have clinically proven ways to soften and even eliminate troubling side effects of medication, and mitigate the reactions while tapering. Alternative to Meds Center has found many effective treatments and strategies to help people feel good again, and become happily engaged in life, as a result of Zyprexa tapering done well.

Zyprexa warnings compare with those of virtually all antipsychotic medications – and they deserve careful consideration.

Zyprexa warnings issued by FDA:

  • Suicidality
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Stroke
  • Potentially fatal heart complications
  • NMS (neuroleptic malignant syndrome)*
  • Diabetic coma
  • Increased mortality in elderly dementia patients

*According to the FDA, swift emergency care can preserve the patient’s life, along with the immediate cessation of the medication that caused the NMS.

However, in addition to those risks, the FDA required the drugmaker, Eli Lilly, to issue a strong warning in 2007 for Zyprexa in particular.1 Researchers established Zyprexa causes high blood sugar, hyperglycemia, and dyslipidemia (elevated triglycerides and cholesterol levels), more than other antipsychotics. As a result, patients taking Zyprexa frequently gain excessive weight.

Weighing Risks to Benefits of Antipsychotic Medication

Citalopram Alternatives / Natural Alternatives to CitalopramZyprexa does carry risks such as those mentioned above, but it also gives persons relief from symptoms of schizophrenia, such as acute psychotic episodes. Zyprexa can help dampen these. 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 the drug can no longer reduce the psychiatric symptoms.

Original symptoms may begin to re-surface along with newly developed side effects, a potentially very unpleasant combination that often leads 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 an option but needs extremely careful transition from one antipsychotic to another. Multiple medications carelessly introduced to avoid relapse, for example, can have disastrous consequences. The person’s neurology needs time to adjust and function properly again. The abrupt stopping of antipsychotic medications is particularly risky for a pregnant woman.5

Problems and risks associated with long-term use of antipsychotics indicate that Zyprexa tapering may offer healthier outcomes. After considering the risks to benefits ratio, Zyprexa tapering may ultimately offer the best choice. But one must ensure it is done right, so as not to introduce rapid changes that the body cannot handle, especially with the person in a possibly already weakened state. Seek the best oversight, instruction, and attentive care that is available for ensuring your successful outcome.

Natural Mental Health Treatment

The psychiatric industry relies almost 100% on drugs for therapy. At the same time, medical consensus acknowledges drugs cannot heal — they only suppress symptoms. While Alternative to Meds Center acknowledges that drugs are certainly necessary in some cases, we also stress the proven efficacy of non-drug-based therapies to achieve bettered mental health.

A balance can be attained and that is the framework in which we aim to help our clients achieve natural mental health. According to Harvard Medical School studies, non-pharmacological treatment can be just as effective as drug treatment.3

Intersecting Mental, Emotional and Physical Healing

Mental health, emotional health, and physical health are three distinct subjects. Or are they? Does each of these subjects exist in a vacuum, or do they intersect? That is, if one area is subjected to certain influences, or impacts, might all 3 areas respond, to some degree, in tandem? 2 For example, if we are physically sick, how energetic and happy will we likely be? Lack of food and sleep are physical, but how does that cause hallucinations? A headache feels like physical pain, but can it also inflict emotional anguish?

In their 2010 Scientific American article, psychologists Ceddia and Coan asked “What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings are Hurt?” They observed an emotional impact, like an insult, can unleash a biological avalanche. Or, how a simple act of kindness, such as holding hands, can blunt the experience of physical pain. We are beautifully complex creatures, and with so many levels of healing that we still don’t fully understand, can we really expect true healing to come out of a pill bottle?

Addressing Root Causes vs Masking Emotional & Mental Pain

neurotoxic removal We clean the body of neurotoxic elements, flood the body with targeted nutrition, provide physical and mental therapies for rest, pain relief, and relaxation, and offer many genres of counseling to address mental and emotional scars or dismantle barriers to living life fully.

The dampening effect of drugs such as Zyprexa can numb a person’s emotions. That’s like being trapped under a dark, heavy cloud all the time. Blunted emotions, sometimes called “deadness” feelings are possibly the leading reason for deciding on Zyprexa tapering. We believe that tapering off Zyprexa, done carefully and well, can provide a new path leading to significant improvements in mental health and joyful living.

At Alternative to Meds Center, much work is done to discover root causes for a person’s original symptoms and instead of masking them, actually addressing and resolving them. This is the path to actual relief without drugs. We consider this approach conducive to natural mental health and is one of the fundamentals used in designing programs for our clients at the center.

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.

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. Alternative to Meds Center provides a calming, well-staffed, and welcoming atmosphere to give our clients the very best level of care.

For More Information

tapering programs SedonaWe invite you to contact us at Alternative to Meds Center to find out more about the science behind our programs, and the many adjunctive therapies that help our clients recover their natural mental health.

It is not just about getting off medication safely, although that is a major goal. Additionally, we seek overall health improvements that allow non-pharmacological-based, long-term 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 delivered at our center.

1. FDA label Zyprexa (olanzapine)

2. “Connection Between Mental and Physical Health” Canadian Mental Health Assn [cited 2019 Dec 30]

3. “The Power of the Placebo Effect” Harvard Medical School, 2017 May [cited 2019 Dec 30]

4. Berman B, “Neuroloeptic Malignant Syndrome: A Review for Neurohospitals.” The Neurohospitalist [Internet] 2011 January, PMID 23983836 [cited 2020 Oct 27]

5. Ifteni P, et al., “Schizophrenia relapse after stopping olanzapine treatment during pregnancy: a case report.” Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 2014 Oct 23 [Internet] PMID 25364259 [cited 2020 Oct 27]

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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