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Re: Discontinuing Zyprexa Ilene

Posted by jdawg on October 12, 2004, at 6:27:29

In reply to Re: Discontinuing Zyprexa jdawg, posted by Ilene on October 11, 2004, at 20:27:48

I took it for psychotic symptoms. I stopped because I was asymptomatic for 1.5 years and my doctor thought I could discontinue. I did have a relapse a about 2 years after discontinuing. I'm now on Risperdal now and am in no hurry to stop it.

I'm all for minimizing medications but not if there is a risk of relapse or deterioration. Personally, I don't want to tinker too much with my meds for a while. I'd like to have a few years of normal function before trying to taper off some of the meds. I'll probably have to be medicated for the rest of my life. It's not a great prospect, but at least I'll have a chance of leading a normal life.

BTW, it took me about 4 years after stopping Zyprexa to lose the extra weight. I tried different things but what eventually worked was the Atkins diet w. regular exercise.


> You say you were taking it for "a while". What were you taking it for, why did you stop, and did you have a relapse? I've gained "only" 10 lb--so far. The trend line is definitely up. And I was actually losing weight before I started.
> While I've always been a worrier, I didn't feel the kind of dread I was experiencing until my father came down with cancer. The anxiety continued after he died and I was stuck with a lot of responsibility. Much of that has dissipated, and I wonder if I could taper off the Zyprexa successfully.
> My (rather useless) pdoc says she'll take me off Zyprexa and put me on something else if I gain another 10 lb. Risperdal didn't do too much for me, although my former pdoc said it made me less irritable. I don't know too much about what else is out there.




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