I don't recomend drinking to anyone in similar positions as I think it just prolongs the agony and is a mask rather than a cure. I'm very proud of him because I think he's opting out of the easy option of being a vegetable (something that society wants). My partner suffers from bipolar. He was a slim, inligent ecoms engineer but whilst on olanzapine he is too druged up to do anything and spent most of his time asleep. He has been on olanzapine for a year and similar to markuk he has missed a year of his life and a year of his children growing up. It is far easier for doctors to recommend these drugs as they drug up the patients so that they do not have to deal with them. Anyway, it's early days I'm keen to know how markuk got on being olanzapane free. Healthy eating and lifestyle is hopefully what is going to help my boyfriend live a long and happy life. He is carrying so much extra weight it is hard for him to function. Whilst on the drug I can only discribe him as being like a zombie and just breathing and not living. He is very determined to make himself and his family happy and has joined a gym, stopped taking the tablet and stopped smoking.
I used this method when coming off an anti depressant and avoided lots of potential problems. The brain needs time to adjust and the longer you give it then you can avoid problems. I am down to alternating 1.25mg and. Good luck crikey andy. 625mg. This method was recommended to me by the manufacturer. Give your brain as long as you can at each level before dropping.
Keep pestering your doctors - don't be afraid to ask - let them know that you don't expect a miracle but you think something else might work better. The lesson here is that every drug affects people differently.
Coming off it was no problem. So Good luck, everyone. To be honest, I had no symptoms, except possibly weight gain as a result. I'm fed up taking pills. It will be so nice to be drug free. My dose was 5 mg/ night. 1/2 tablet at a time, but I thought this was ridiculous to have to wait this long, so I speeded It up, and there were no symptoms at all because of the withdrawal of this drug, unless you want to count. I do think it was helpful when I was taking all of it regularly with sertraline, which I am in the middle of giving up too. I have a minute amount to cut out and then I'm done with it. I have been slowly coming off it. I have been taking olanzapine for 5 years. Almost like I wasn't even taking it. A better mood. My doctor gave me 3-month periods of cutting back, eg.
In the end it probably stopped helping her because she became delusional and suicidal. Like me she also takes 300mg of Venlaine, she has tried mirtazipine (worked too well!), sertraline (made her impulsive, just like me), and is now being switched to citalopram because she still lacks motivation. I know someone else who took this for a long time. I remember visiting her at the ward once, half an hour after taking the olanz, and she tried to walk out with a crazy look in her eyes. It helped initially but killed her sex drive and made her put on weight. She now takes aripiprazole, which seems to help more. It might be working, she just phoned me up and told me she is fed up with bumming around LOL.
It's taken a lot of effort and hard work. If you want to make something out of a thought think something positive and go do it, ie a run. It's just a thought, that's all. Don't make it anything more than that. First thing! Hang in there my friend!! Second thing. When you have these thoughts that are upsetting you you need to accept that you are having them and then focus on something else then move on. Stop with the other drugs.if you mean you are taking recreational drugs. I had and still have the same thoughts but there is a way through. You could look at it like a smoker who is giving up cigarettes, they have urges to smoke, then the urge passes then they move on with the day without having a cigarette. Also, just remember, they are only thoughts, here one second gone the next. Those thoughts you are having are part of it. Change of RELATIONSHIPS. I know you probably don't thinks so because you never had those kind of thoughts before but thats part of being on this drug. Change of BEHAVIOUR. It's a process and sometimes slow but you need to make changes. Stay safe brother and get well. Milad, how are you brother. There are three basic changes you can make for developing your new better self. Change of THINKING and TALK. Iv been on this stuff for 10 years and I'm almost off it. Thirdly.
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You alone have to suffer through it, but when there is darkness there will always come the sun. I know what its like to loose complete sense on reality and forget what its like to be normal, don't be scared, it happens. I cannot for sure l you if it is the drug.for I myself did not loose sense on reality until AFTER they put me on psychotropic drugs, so I don't know if its me.or the drugs.but judging how people are individual and very different in what they experience with mental illnesses, but the fact that the same things are happening to many who are taking drugs like this, it very well could be the drug. These thoughts will not last forever, and you will pull through. You are going through what they call a symptom of schizophrenia where you think everyone can hear your thoughts, which is maddening, I know, but once you snap back to reality, you'll think back and realize how far fetched it all was. I've had the same worry, but in all reality, NO one but YOU can get in your head.
I feel anxious and self-concious but that's maybe because, for the first time in memory, I have the intuitive sense of what others are saying with their body language - I don't look at them as a bundle of limbs and parts of faces and words that could mean any one of a hundred things - I can quickly glance at someone and get a feeling for their mood from their body language. The most impressive thing is how I feel around other people.
I was huge, tipping the scales at 17 1/2 stone. However, due to the properties of the drug, I had over the years, unknown to me, developed coronary heart disease. My advice? Join a gym / get a cat / ignore the voices!!! Hi Adam. But I became human and, at 50, started a new life, involved with things (jobs, relationships) beyond my wildest imaginings. I came off in June 2013. I was on this lethal stuff for 17 years at 15 mg. Total insomnia for months. So, in March this year, I had a heart attack, but thankfully survived after emergency op. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHATSOEVER, ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE TALKED INTO TAKING OLANZAPINE. Within 3 months I lost 4 stone.
I WOULD NOT TOUCH OLANZAPINE WITH A TEN FOOT POLE! Not after reading the horror stories from people on this med. Thanks for 'listening'.
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I can't explain how long it's been since I had that quiet sense of normality. I also took the Olanz after eating some toast last thing. It took me two hours to get to sleep - they were great, I felt incredibly quiet in my head and just. watching a film. Second night, I took some painkillers for toothache. Actually I think the painkillers were a bad idea, I had a bright closed eye halluicination before sleeping - it was very beautiful but probably not what the doctor is looking for!.
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I started two days ago - I am not sure of my diagnosis, I think it might be bipolar II or it might be personality.there is a lot going on with me and the docs never agree what is phsyiological/neurological and what is personality. I'm sorry other people have had problems. and neither do I!.
Today, I feel calm. I can concentrate long enough to write without my head racing ahead and confusing all the points I am trying to make. My inner voice still goes nine to the dozen, but my head is usually in one place at one time now.
hello mate ive been taken olazapine for two years and using drugs at the same time but of the drugs but why am I getting these weird horriblw thoughys and pictures plz do reply ill end up killing me self I want to quit olazapine so bad thats not the point thought the point is im gettttting these thoughts which are disgusting thoughts plz do get back to me. peace brother.
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I've been taking olanzapine for 7 years. i was on high dosage 15mg then 10mg. now am on 5mg due to biopolor disorder.
You can get a cheap pill cutter at the pharmacist. ie take 5mg one night and 2.5 the next. I would recommend if you are taking 5mg and have been settled on this for a while to alternate 2.5 mg and 5mg for a few weeks or months before dropping to 2.5mg.
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mate another thng brother is that can somethink or someone see what ya thinking scared to sh*t cuz there horrible thoughts :'( plz do reply asap thanks hope its goin well for u! much love peace.
I might even be a bit hypo, lol, because things appear very clear and very solid - the last time this happened I was probably full blown manic.
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I will never return to taking this drug again as I feel it has robbed me of 6 years of my life. I have been on Olanzapine or over 6 years now from when I was diagnosed Borderline personality traits and all I can say is that I have endured 6 years of living hell. dear markuk. I decided just over a month ago to stop the treatment and now am starting to feel much better. I have lost a stone in 2 weeks and look much better, I am now able to think clearly and have much more energy and motivation to do things. I have had absoluy zero social life in that time and felt unable to think or communicate with other people. I am finding it difficult to get off to sleep without the aid of the drug but more excercise through the day is helping with this. I have been taking 10mg every night for that time and piled on loads of weight, felt lethargic no confidence and started experiencing heart pains. To help me stop the Olanzapine I have avoided alcohol compley (this always put me back to square one in the past).
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fingers crossed that there will be no impact with coming off them. It is really helpful to read your post, my son has been on sertraline and olanzapine for a year and has just halfed his olanzapine dose so came on here today to see what the impact of reduction is. thanks. knowing that you can start to come off drugs is good to see and like you they have helped him to date.
I put on 9 stone, i am always tired, and my memory is frustratingly bad. i went cold turkey and had insomnia and felt sick, had no appitite. It is a terrible drug. This drug reduces dopamine levels in brain which effects thought. I tried to get off it. i lasted 3 weeks until axiety (induced by withdawal effects) was too much to bear so took half dosage 5mg. I am always slightly constapated and needs loads of sleep to function. I slept that night i took it again 14 hours.
I am slowly weaning off this drug. I am glad you have come out the other side and living the life you want. I did not know that was one of the possible side effects of the drug. Cheers Marbel.
I researched it, as I hadn't researched valium & zopiclone when put on those, and they caused many probs, (I was put on valium to supposedly help with my tinnitus, zopiclone as I'd had a bout of sleeping trouble, due to pain) so, after reading up on this olanzapine, I'm wondering what the heck is she doing to me? She'd told me zopiclone is non-addictive, when it's now found to highly so. I'm at a loss as to why my psych prescribed this for me. Olanzapine is the issue here. I want to get off all these brain, soul & mind destroying poisons, except perhaps gabapentin as phantom limb pains can be unbearable when you can't rub your leg, foot or toes etc. I was referred to her 10 mths ago, to sort out my meds & start me on a weaning off valium plan (which she didn't do) and all she's done is prescribe more dangerous drugs such as seroquel to begin with. Why would my psych prescribe this, when I am not bipolar, schizophrenic or manic/depressive? I'll never ever again mention I've been a little anxious or a bit down. I no longer suffer depression so will wean off the 3 anti-deps next, then the painkillers, as they no longer work on y arthritis pain. Too much, I felt so ill on that dose, but was a little depressed at the time so I cut the dose 25mg, as I wanted to trust her & give it a fair go Still on 25mg, but feel I could do without it. I am weaning off diazepam & zopiclone. I DO NOT like drugs controlling me! Unfortunay, I find I still want zopiclone during the day. I'm down to 1 & a 1/2, but am prescribed 2 a day. She prescribed olanzapine She said it's non-addictive. It gave me anxiety hell. I weaned myself off that after 2 weeks of weirdness & nausea. After 4-5 weeks, I weaned off over 2 weeks, then just stopped ct. Then a dear friend suddenly turned nasty & insulting, harassing me with hurtful s, all over money. I'm a great believer in Natural Therapies, and already my bowel probs are nearly resolved by taking Chinese herbs. Told her & she then prescribed sertraline 50mg. I can vouch for that! Well, after reading as much as I could on olanzapine (zyprexa), there is no way I'm going to take this med. I was prescribed Tramadol for my arthritis. I was having a little trouble sleeping, due to pain. Was quite happy with no anxiety. After weaning then stopping Tramadol, I do get a bit of anxiety if I don't take zopiclone, but can't wait to be off it. I've had some serious bowel probs,(long story) now nearly resolved, have severe osteoarthritis, and I experience phantom limb pain due to below right knee amputation. I am also on Mirtazapine 60mg, nortriptyline 10mg, zoloft 25mg, oxycontin 20mg, & 30mg, oxycodone hydrochloride (endone) 5-10mg prn, pandadeine forte, which is 30mg codeine with 500mg, paracetemol 4 daily, Gabapentin 1800mg, in divided doses daily. This was the last straw, on top of all my health issues, & weaning off the 2 meds, which was causing some anxiety, but nothing major, a little down at times too Told my psych. Became addicted so fast that I began needing it during the day, as I was highly anxious when I was put on Tramadol. Next was the dreaded zopiclone & I trusted her again when she said it's non-addictive. Also as stated above, diazepam 5mg 3-4 daily, zopiclone 7.5mg 2 daily, not nightly, (It's a sleep med) but daily. All that needs to be done now, is to have my bowel prolapse operated on. I can now eat solids again, after 5 months of near starvation, & losing 16 kilos from lack of solid food,(but that's another story).
I can start to see how I come across to others. What it hasn't stopped, is the mild paranoia. And I did feel pretty low midway through the morning, but it was just thirty minutes, as opposed to all day. Communicating normally seems a bit easier when I am not trying to analyse and cross reference every single word! At the same time I am still anxious, probably because it's a big change, I almost feel like I am starting from scratch with social skills, an area I had been working on for the last year.
She also takes a lowish dose of Lithium. I guess I will end up on Valproate because of the closed eye / last thing at night hallucinations which are almost like Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. the bangs and screams as I fall asleep are called Exploding Head Syndrome (!!!!), this is a rare condition that I think is also linked to TLE. Bipolar itself like a cousin to TLE, which is why drugs like Valproate are prescribed for both conditions.
My restless leg was playing up but there was no way it could keep me awake. Before I fell asleep I felt a wonderful calm for about an hour. The first night I fell asleep very quickly and slept for 10 hours. I normally get headaches when I oversleep but I felt ok, if sluggish, and disorganised/clumsy.
I started 10mg at night. My nice GP gave me Olanzapine to help me sleep, reduce anxiety, reduce the strength of the urge to withdraw totally. Previously I had been in a hellish depression - not getting out of bed, not answering the phone to others. If I tried to sleep at night I would hear loud screams and crashes, I would wake up just as I am falling asleep with horrible anxiety and very unpleasant restless leg syndrome.
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Has anyone had simular expreiences to mine but managed to successfully get off the drug? Please l me how long it took. and how you would reccomend i do it?. Can someone please help me.
Can you share? My son is also on Sertraline and is now reducing his Olanzapine. Hi. I cant believe this. I'm genuinely interested to hear how your son is doing 6 months down the line. Are these hopes realistic. I came on here for the same reason as you. He has stayed off drugs and alcohol for many months now and is looking forward to his brain 'working again' and to feeling motivated and get out of his bedroom. Best wishes.
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I took seroquel first and then they put me on olanzipine the only thing I will say is the waking up I took adderall with the seroquel but my doctor wanted me to try without while starting the olanzipine which if I cant have the adderall Im not continuing to take this medication. Don't continue to see this doctor as they are obviously not out to help you/. They tend to hand out that diagnosis the same as ADHD, its an easy resolution to label a patient and medicate them without doing any real work identifying an actual mental illness. Um thats not Olanzapine that's c causing all those effects, I also dont think yocu have borderline personality traits. I would say that you are more in the Schizo-affective or a mood disorder such as bipolar with social anxiety disorder.
I take this very same drug, and get images in my head that I did not think was imaginable. I hope I I have helped you even a little bit. Along with disturbing dreams that I have woken up in the middle of the night from them and then was unable to go back to sleep. You are not the only one. You should have no reason to kill yourself, it happens to everyone, some just get it worse than others, evision doesn't help with that either, example: horror movies, killer movies, rapist movies. My advice is as long as you do not make what you see in your mind reality, in any way do not try and imatate what you see in your mind, then you and everyone else we be safe, and just pass off all of those thoughts as a day-mare. My theory is that since the drug makes you dull and not able to think clearly, your mind goes wild, which is followed by involuntary mental images and thoughts. Do not kill yourself over it, I made an account JUST so I could respond to your post, just know that there are people out there that know what you are going through and still care enough to l you not to end your life.
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my experience of olanzapine is very similar to yours. my advise to anyone even considering reducing is to do it extremely slowly. i believe it's called \"discontinuation syndrome\" and has a high incidence coming off olanzapine and is not true withdrawal symptoms. i'm currently on the tiniest dose of 0.5mg at night, so NEARLY there. but my worse nightmare is trying to come off it. however, at night when i suffer the most i drink a glass of cider which helps me thru and calms me down. its taken me months of very distressing anxiety symptoms every time i reduce (once a fortnight). another month should see me off it entirely. and wait till your settled on the lower dose a couple of weeks before reducing again.Oxycodone 5 mg withdrawal