... taking 2.5mg per my doctor. The withdrawl symptoms are horrible and I need someone to talk to. I can't sleep, my knees and legs are so painful I can hardly walk and if I try to lay down at night I can't keep my legs still. I have an upset stomach and vomiting, hot and cold flashes. I called my doctor and she told me the half dose should be out of my system in the first 10 days and that she has never had anyone have withdrawl of this drug. She wants me to go back up to my full dose of 5mg to see if the symptoms stop and if they do not stop I am to see my regular doctor... she doesn't believe me. I think I need to be in the hospital to detox off this drug, i have gained 70 pounds my lipids are very high and my fasting blood sugar is high. It was my choice to get off this drug, my doctor told me to remember this drug saved my life and I told her but I am not in the same state of mind I was 7 years ago when she started me on it. She has me taking it with prozac for treatment resistant depression. Can anyone help me?
Please follow your doctor's advice, and try going back to 5mg and see if the symptoms stop. If they do not, seek IMMEDIATE medical attention. It is very unusual to have withdrawal side-effects from Zyprexa, especially with such a low dose, but everybody is different.
It's possible your symptoms are a sign of another serious problem, and the symptoms you describe sound like extreme anxiety (During panic attacks, I often have hot/cold flashes). You also sound like you're experiencing akathesia, which is internal restlessness, but this is usally associated as a side-effect of Zyprexa and other Antipsychotics, not a withdrawal symptom.
It might be that lowering Zyprexa is causing extreme anxiety symptoms, and that Zyprexa was helping those symptoms until you lowered your dose. Are you on any other medications? I'd recommend a benzodiazepine such as Klonopin, since it has a long half-life and generally causes less dependence/addiction problems than other benzos. Sorry if you are already on another similar med.
Going to the hospital for a detox seems like it's extreme, but go if you feel any suicidal urges or want to hurt yourself or others. I hope you feel better soon!
- Zyprexa Information for Consumers
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