Our expert counselors, life coaches, medical staff and case managers, and welcoming peer-support model provide the vessel necessary to offer an alternative to a lifetime of psychiatric drugging.
Toxicity/Nutrition: Pre-treatments for successful Invega withdrawal
Invega withdrawal can be safely done, by working along with some essential actions both before, and during the tapering process.1 Simply reducing the drug is not enough to guarantee a successful taper. First, we have to work at discovering what the underlying problems may have been that precipitated prescribing Invega in the first place. In almost all cases, toxicity is a common culprit, as will be discussed further in this article. This toxicity can result from many things, either from a person’s environment or their genetics. In any case, at Alternative to Meds Center, the first goal is clearing out these toxins.
At the same time, we want to restrict the use of sugar, caffeine, processed food, and at least limit the number of cigarettes for smokers. As well, supplements strongly support the process of stabilizing the person’s neurochemistry. It is only when the person begins to feel the balance and calm that our natural therapies achieve, that their Invega can be reduced slowly and adjusted as needed to achieve their tapering goal.
There are unique elements of a person’s health history that are germane to an individual taper regimen. However, quite commonly, the presence of neurotoxins stimulates the neurology by way of excess dopamine. Excess dopamine can cause mania. We work at correcting the excess dopamine by reducing the presence of neurotoxins and correcting diet and nutrient deficits, as explained below.
There is a part that genetics seems to play as well, where the genetic blueprint determines how well that individual clears toxins. For instance, a poor methylator will not efficiently clear heavy metals so that these toxins will accumulate in nerve and brain tissue. We can provide methods for chelation (clearing) of those heavy metals and other neurotoxic elements, so the body is much more able to adapt to slowly lowering the dose of Invega.
We can also aid the genetics further by providing a nutrient-rich diet and supplements such as Vitamin C, B6, Niacin, Zinc, and others. Such a daily routine is designed to support the inhibitory aspects of the person’s neurochemistry naturally. The advantage of naturally attaining an inhibitory effect is that, unlike the difficulties of a drug such as Invega, there are no negative side effects from good health.
We can help the blood sugar to stabilize by restricting sugar and refined carbohydrates. Toxic load leaving the body accelerates the rate of absorption of nutrients, which is also going to help the body to regain a higher level of stamina and good health. All of these actions prepare the individual for the tapering process to begin.
WARNING: Never Stop Taking Invega Abruptly
Invega suppresses the production and distribution of dopamine.2 Such is the sedating effect that Invega produces. Then, when a person quits taking Invega, more dopamine is released than can be metabolized, which without proper management, can result in some pretty extreme Invega withdrawal symptoms, including:
At Alternative to Meds Center, a full medical check and a thorough assessment are done to gather vital information necessary to plan the person’s taper regimen. As mentioned, we do lab tests to see what toxicity may have contributed to the original symptoms. This is done whether toxicity is a result of the environment or genetics. We then work to detoxify the person’s body. After a full body cleanse and the person is sleeping well and is in a calm, stable state, we can begin the taper process. Thus, gradual cessation can go ahead without the major withdrawal symptoms discussed earlier in this article.3 In short, we offer scientific solutions to mental health problems.
Our program is designed to stabilize the person’s neurochemistry with natural substances before the Invega taper process begins. The pre-taper detox or cleanse removes accumulated excitatory neurotoxins. A nutrient-rich diet makes delicious meals a daily treat that extends through the entirety of the program. Alternative to Meds Center also offers ongoing classes on nutrition, neurochemistry, drug education, and much more.
Clients are invited to participate in a daily schedule of yoga, meditation, massage, mild indoor and outdoor exercise, mineral baths, amino therapy, counseling, life coaching, art and music therapy, Equine therapy, and other supporting facets of the program. All of these factors work together to prepare the body before the taper and support the body during the taper. Preparation means we can reduce or eliminate Invega withdrawal symptoms as much as is possible.
We have helped many people overcome Invega withdrawal. Imagine if withdrawal psychosis or Invega discontinuation syndrome could be averted. Or, how wonderful it would be if insomnia could be avoided both before, during, and after a properly carried out Invega withdrawal process. These are the things we strive to achieve in our program at Alternative to Meds Center.
At-home withdrawal can complicate the withdrawal symptoms. We consider that medical supervision and preparation are necessary for safe Invega withdrawal. With someone who has taken Invega for many years, and has suffered from severe symptoms of psychosis for a long time, we may decide to lower their dosage to the lowest level possible. This can create a balance between stability and being able to function in life. Then, over a 6- to 12-month period, they can continue to reduce their medication at home. This would be done while receiving guidance from our aftercare program and their local doctor.
Our experienced counselors, life coaches, medical staff and case managers along with our welcoming peer-support model provide the vessel necessary to offer an alternative to a lifetime of psychiatric drugging. If you or someone you love is not benefiting from their medication, we invite you to call us and obtain the assistance you have been seeking. Call the number listed on this page, and someone will be there to speak with you and answer your questions about safe Invega withdrawal.
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.