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Fanapt Withdrawal

Alternative to Meds Center devised a holistic program over more than a decade that has helped thousands of people to withdraw safely from prescription medications such as Fanapt.

Fanapt withdrawal symptoms are considered severe enough that professionals should be consulted for even a gradual tapering or withdrawal from the drug.

WARNING: Never attempt to stop taking an antipsychotic medication abruptly, such as Fanapt. Just as the doctor prescribed a gradual increase in dosage when first taking Fanapt, the drug should be weaned off in the same gradual way.

Fanapt Withdrawal: Notes for Some At-risk Groups

Doctors are advised not to prescribe Fanapt (generic name iloperidone) to older patients, and those with dementia, for doing so puts the patient at high risk of death.

Doctors also should never prescribe this antipsychotic medication to a pregnant woman, as it can cause problems not only for the mother but for the baby as well. Research has not been done to determine whether or not the drug passes to the fetus, but we do know that the baby may be born addicted to Fanapt, and medical assistance will be needed to stabilize the baby after birth.

Opiate users should not take Fanapt as the combined effects of both of these CNS (Central Nervous System) depressants could be fatal.

There are many risks associated with taking Fanapt, which explains why a person might want to come off the drug. Again, never abruptly stop taking Fanapt but seek trained medical assistance so you can taper safely. Alternative to Meds Center offers a program that will provide this service.

Fanapt Side Effects

It is no wonder that people may wish to stop taking a drug which produces such severe side effects as:

  • Tardive Dyskinesia, irreversible uncontrollable muscle movements of the face, lip-smacking, tongue rolling, jerking of arms, legs, etc.
  • allergic reactions, such as skin sores, rash, swollen or constricted throat, pain on swallowing, swollen face, etc.
  • tremors, uncontrolled shaking
  • weight gain
  • tachycardia (racing heart rate)
  • penis erection that is painful and lasts for 4 hours or more
  • sudden stiff or rigid muscles
  • chest pain
  • pounding chest
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting
  • and much more.

Again, never abruptly stop taking Fanapt as to do so may be harmful to your health, or even produce a fatal outcome.1,2,3

Fanapt Withdrawal Symptoms

Doctors advise against abruptly stopping an antipsychotic medication because doing so produces a brutal neurological backlash, recovery from which can take a very very long time.1 Doctors are advised not to prescribe Fanapt for very long because of the risks of Tardive Dyskinesia, which is a permanent disability.3 Many paths point decisively to seeking safe medical assistance to taper from a potent antipsychotic agent such as Fanapt.

Here are some of the withdrawal symptoms:

  • heightened anxiety
  • deepened depression
  • depersonalization, i.e., losing the sense of self-identity, feeling detached from body or reality
  • vomiting/nausea/diarrhea
  • dizziness/confusion/balance impairment/fatigue
  • cognitive dysfunction
  • suicidal ideation
  • mood swings/irritability/crying/anger/agitation
  • flulike symptoms, fever, chills, profuse sweating, muscle aches
  • restlessness/trouble sleeping/insomnia
  • and much more.

Safe Withdrawal from Fanapt is Possible

fanapt withdrawal

The Alternative to Meds Center devised a holistic program over more than a decade that has helped thousands of people to withdraw safely from prescription medications such as Fanapt. The program utilizes some unique techniques that provide relief from both the original symptoms that may have precipitated the prescription as well as side effects from taking the drug, and also reduces the debilitating withdrawal symptoms that would otherwise accompany the process of tapering off of the drug.

WARNING: Do not attempt a cold turkey approach to withdrawal from Fanapt.

Instead, consider the Fanapt withdrawal program that Alternative to Meds Center delivers in a comfortable, luxury style inpatient setting. Some of the program components include:

  • a pre taper set of lab tests to isolate toxic accumulations in the body that may have been responsible for some of the mental health issues that prescribing Fanapt attempted to resolve, but did not resolve.
  • a cleanse of accumulated neurotoxins that can disrupt the normal functioning of the neurology
  • flooding the body with nutrient-dense whole foods to accelerate the normalization of all systems in the body
  • adminstering supplements that are effective in restoring sleep, calming the mood, boosting natural energy, and much more
  • a post-cleanse, stabilization phase is followed by a safe, gentle taper, under medical supervision and 24/7 care by trained professionals
  • counseling in a private setting, drug education classes, as well as peer support and group work
  • relaxation techniques, yoga, meditation, mineral baths, swimming, outdoor hiking, art therapy, music therapy, Equine therapy and much much more.

The Fanapt Withdrawal Program at Alternative to Meds Center

To find out more, call the friendly and informed admissions staff to find out how to enroll in the best inpatient holistic mental health program in the world. You or your loved one can seek the help you need for safely resolving the problems and challenges connected to Fanapt withdrawal.

  1. PubMed article, “Potential Adverse Effects of Discontinuing psychotropic drugs, Part 3, Antipsychotic, dopaminergic, and mood-stabilizing drugs,” author Howland RH, published in the US National Library of Medicine, NIH, August 2010, accessed online October 22, 2019.
  2. NIMH article, “What’s atypical about atypical antipsychotic drugs?,” author H Meitzer, published April 2004, accessed online October 22, 2019.
  3. NCBI article, “Medication-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update,” authors Elyse M. Cornett, PhD, Matthew Novitch, BS, Alan David Kaye, MD, PhD, Vijay Kata, MS, and Adam M. Kaye, PharmD4, published in the Ochsner Journal, Summer of 2014, accessed online October 22, 2019.

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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