Posted by blueberry on May 2, 2006, at 7:48:11
In reply to back on zyprexa..., posted by med_empowered on May 1, 2006, at 19:33:52
Thanks for your interest. I do not want to go back on zyprexa. I have been resisting it valiantly for 10 weeks. I feel I need to go back on it for these reasons...
Fear, terror, paranoia...these things never existed before but began showing up when I reduced from 2.5mg to 1.25mg and have been absolutely devastating since not taking any at all. No sign of improvement at all in 10 weeks.
Weight and appetite. I'm 6' tall, usually weigh 140 lbs, but am now at 129. No appetite. When I do eat, I can't eat much.
Tinnitus...ringing in the ears was fairly quiet on zyprexa. Off of it the tinnitus has been devastating and relentless.
The only other options I could think of that might fit the bill for the above things are either depakote or remeron. Depakote would definitely increase my weight, but no real effect on tinnitus and unknown effect on the terror. Remeron dramatically increases the terror. Klonopin works decent on the terror, but worsens appetite and worsens the tinnitus a lot.
I took 1.25mg last night and tinnitus has already tamed down a bit and I ate a slightly larger breakfast than usual. I really do not want this medicine. I am feel trapped. Had I known this 5 years ago when I added it to prozac, I would not have done it. I feel like I am in triage, that is, I have to do something to save my life.
Temporarily I am committed to 1.25mg to 2.5mg. Not sure where to go from here though. Zyprexa by itself doesn't help much overall, except for the things I've mentioned, though it does tend to make ssri's, especially prozac, come to life a little better. I figure if I can keep the dose real low, with 5mg a top ceiling, risks of longterm use should be low. At some point in the future when I am more stable with another med and less frail, maybe I can try getting off it again.
> why do you feel you need to go back on zyprexa?