My last dose of olanzapine was a little over 3 months ago.
I did a really slow taper from 40 mg down to 0mg over a period of about 4 years. Tapering the first 25mg went smoothly, dropping 5mg every few months, but going from 15 down to 0 was fraught with problems, I had to go really slow. I had a lot of weird withdrawal symptoms, like my brain felt like it was always “on”, I had to pee constantly, I had episodes were I would lay in bed feeling like total crap. They when I got down to about 10mg, but before they put me on Lurasidone I became psychotic and delusional. My withdrawals are all gone now except for my insomnia. It hasn’t improved at all, not even a little tiny bit. I take 1.5mg of clonazepam for sleep (3 pills), 10mg of Glycine and 200mg l-theanine for sleep.
I know my insomnia hasn’t improved at all because last night I made the idiotic mistake of taking 3 crestor pills (It’s a cholesterol pill) instead of 3 clonazepam pills before bed, plus I took my normal daily dose of crestor yesterday, so I took 4x as much crestor as I was suppose too and no clonazepam. This is the first time I have tried sleeping without taking cllonazepam in a few months and I didn’t sleep AT ALL last night, then I had to go into work today, so I’ve been really tired today. I accidentally swapped the places I put my clonazepam and crestor bottles and they are both tiny pink circular pills, they look very similar and I wasn’t paying attention.
I don’t know when or if I will be able to sleep without sleeping pills. There are thousands of people on the Internet that have the exact same insomnia problem as me, they were prescribed olanzapine and when they quit they couldn’t sleep anymore, there is a Facebook group for it too but I haven’t joined it. Some people on the Internet have complained about this insomnia problem going on for 1 or 2 years and I have read very few stories about people that recovered. So I don’t know if I will ever be able to sleep naturally again. And if that day comes I will probably be dependent on clonazepam so I’ll have to deal with benzo withdrawal.
Some people don’t have this insomnia problem though. I’ve read plenty of stories online from people that quit olanzapine without any problems. Everyone is different I guess.