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Olanzapine Withdrawal

Those who are suffering from olanzapine withdrawal symptoms may be facing one of the most difficult medication withdrawals. At Alternative to Meds Center, we have discovered many ways of olanzapine withdrawal help which simplify this process and alleviate symptoms of antipsychotic withdrawal.

Olanzapine, commonly known as Zyprexa, is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of psychotic symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations seen in schizophrenia, and though this medication is “not supposed to be” addicting and olanzapine abuse rarely occurs, serious olanzapine withdrawal symptoms can occur if you suddenly stop taking this medication or play around with the dose without taking to a doctor first.1 Your brain needs time to adjust when you get off of olanzapine. As with most medications, serious side effects will likely occur if you do not have olanzapine withdrawal treatment. The very reasons you started taking this medication can reappear.

Olanzapine Withdrawal Side Effects

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You may experience twitching and shakiness. Unruly and annoying side effects may appear. Withdrawal medication symptoms can be managed and prevented by consulting a professional and partaking in a gradual and slow Olanzapine discontinuation. You may experience both mental and physical effects of coming off of this drug because you have built up an olanzapine addiction. These withdrawal drug effects can occur because the body has gotten used to taking this drug. You no longer feel good and the old symptoms come back from the original problem. Your body is aware of this and in essence, misses the effects of the drug.

Olanzapine side effects are known to cause diabetes and significant weight gain. For these reasons alone, people taking this medication often wish to get off of it. However, olanzapine withdrawal help is needed for this process. Otherwise, common withdrawal side effects that people experience when they withdraw without help include difficulty sleeping, olanzapine withdrawal depression, sweating, tremors, flu-like symptoms, anxiety and muscle pain. For some people, it is very difficult to differentiate between withdrawal symptoms that are chemical and the psychological fear of what happens when you decide to stop taking something that you feel has helped you for so long. Though this drug does not appear to have any extreme withdrawal symptoms, one major effect of getting off of this drug without help is the reappearance of the symptoms which led to olanzapine abuse in the first place. These withdrawal side effects might not improve over time, because they may be symptoms from the underlying disorder (schizophrenia or bipolar disorder).2

In order to reduce the risk of severe antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms, a medical doctor is involved in the Olanzapine tapering at Alternative to Meds Center. Weaning off of this drug slowly is the recommended path;supported along the way with many complementary therapies designed to reduce withdraw time and soften harsh symptoms of withdrawal. Olanzapine withdrawal side effects can be severe. Abrupt olanzapine discontinuation can be very dangerous. Many people try on their own to come off psychotropic drugs only to discover that it is too overwhelming to handle the anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, and flu-like symptoms or brain zaps. These side effects can truly be debilitating without exacting olanzapine withdrawal treatment.

It is totally possible to re-gain control over your life. At Alternative to Meds Center, we help people to reduce their dependence on psychiatric drugs. When the individual is stable, feeling calm and sedated from all of our natural treatments, their medication can be comfortably reduced, but adjusted if needed.

We aim for helping our client to achieve stable neurochemistry, along with gentle removal of accumulated neurotoxins that may have significantly contributed to being medicated in the first place. We also provide targeted nutritional therapy, peer support, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage, yoga, meditation, low-temperature sauna, acupuncture, music and art therapy, Equine therapy, and many other therapies that can offer relief throughout your recovery. So we invite you to call us and talk and get a more detailed idea about the kind of olanzapine withdrawal help which is available at Alternative to Meds Center.

  1. FDA label information Zyprexa/olanzapine, accessed online October 22, 2019.
  2. NAMI Zyprexa Patient Information, accessed online October 22, 2019.


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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.

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