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Saphris Withdrawal

Alternative to Meds Center provides prescription drug withdrawal treatment in a comfortable inpatient environment. The program uses a tapering plan drawn up by the medical staff, who tailors this plan to each client.

Saphris withdrawal symptoms can appear either when a person accidentally misses a prescribed dose or as a result of trying to stop taking the medication altogether. Saphris was first marketed in 2009 as a newer antipsychotic medication, also referred to as an atypical or second-generation antipsychotic medication.

Withdrawal from antipsychotic medication, especially if done abruptly, can trigger some extremely troubling discontinuation syndrome symptoms, such as:

  • chills and profuse sweating much like flu symptoms, similar to heroin withdrawal
  • clenching of the jaw/teeth
  • tremors
  • heightened general anxiety
  • heart palpitations
  • psychosis
  • manic depression
  • nausea
  • insomnia
  • pronounced, fastmoving mood changes, i.e., from aggression to crying to excitement to extreme rage
  • out of body feelings
  • disturbed sleep, vivid, strange dreams
  • insomnia
  • extreme exhaustion
  • heaviness in the limbs, hard to move
  • Saphris Side Effects

Users of Saphris have reported the following side effects, some of which were noted during the very short (6 weeks) trial periods before the FDA approved Saphris for sale:

  • deaths from suicide in previously healthy volunteers
  • deaths from fatal reactions in the heart in previously healthy volunteers
  • deaths in elderly patients also suffering from dementia
  • stiff muscles
  • involuntary muscle movements
  • twitching of the lips, eyes, face, tongue, limbs, hands
  • nausea, vomiting, indigestion
  • excessive weight gain and increased appetite
  • loss of coordination
  • hallucination
  • dizziness
  • vision problems
  • rapid heart rate or other heart complications
  • numbness and tingling in the limbs
  • enlargement of breasts in men
  • discharge from the breasts and irregular menstrual cycles in women
  • and much more.

Saphris Why Prescribed

Doctors prescribe Saphris for such conditions as:

  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia

A person’s symptoms of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia can reappear during withdrawal from Saphris, but to a much worse degree than before starting the prescription drug.

Warning: Never Stop Saphris Cold Turkey

Never stop taking an antipsychotic medication like Saphris abruptly. The results of cold turkey withdrawal from Saphris can be severe, long-lasting, and even life-threatening. Withdrawal from Saphris is liable to create some surprising and alarming phenomena for the patient unless done in a safe and very closely monitored setting.

How to Safely Stop Saphris

saphris withdrawal

Alternative to Meds Center provides prescription drug withdrawal treatment in a comfortable inpatient environment. The program uses a tapering plan drawn up by the medical staff, who tailors this plan to each client. This schedule is designed to help a person safely and gradually withdraw from antipsychotic medication. Suddenly stopping a drug such as Saphris is never done in the program, due to the risks and discomforts that doing so would pose for the client.

Such a program includes eating healthy whole foods, mild exercise, hydration, oral and sauna chelation for body detoxification, mineral baths, foot baths and many more therapeutic elements. Also important is eliminating stimulants such as caffeine and food additives, and reducing stimulating activities or electronics and bright lights, especially before retiring. Actions that can effectively calm and balance the mind, body, heart, and soul are practiced daily, such as yoga, meditation, stretching, music and art therapy and more.

Personal counseling and peer support are delivered throughout the program, providing compassionate encouragement to clients during their stay.

Saphris Withdrawal Treatment Includes Lab Testing

Alternative to Meds Center uses testing which helps to discover the underlying reasons a prescription of antipsychotic medications was initially given. Lab testing can boost success in withdrawing from Saphris because it allows us to see more clearly what caused the symptoms that Saphris was prescribed to treat. We most often find that toxicity is the main culprit. Toxicity and its effects can stem from a person’s genetics or their environment.

Testing for and clearing out this toxic load, while at the same time restricting sugar, processed foods, and at the same time flooding the body with a nutrient-rich whole food diet and whole food supplements adds another substantial healing component to the program. The purpose of these supporting actions is to help balance and normalize the neurochemistry that likely caused the original symptoms to emerge. After dislodging these neurotoxins that have accumulated over time and when the person has achieved a stable calm condition, this is when their medication can be slowly tapered.

Get More Information

You are invited to contact the knowledgeable and compassionate admissions staff at Alternative to Meds Center. If this program seems like the right choice for you, we can help you through a simple and orderly enrollment process, and you or your loved one could be starting their treatment program very soon.

We urge you to call today and with the information provided our wish is that you or your loved one will be able to realize the goal of improved overall health and safe Saphris withdrawal treatment in a compassionate, welcoming setting.

  1. FDA label information Saphris, 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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