My son has BiPolar schizoaffective. He has been taking shots once a month and Zyprexia everyday. I heard that these horrible drugs can cause the brain to shrink and take 20 years off of your life. I would like very much to see my son get off of the Zyprexia and go natural. He is 37 years old so I really doubt he would listen.
I have PTSD, ADHD, BiPolar, etc. I am very much against these drugs for him because of my experience and of what I have researched. I was on Seroquel for about 25 to 30 years. I found out that it could closely minic Alzheimer’s. My short term and long term memory was compromised. I lost almost all of my jobs because I was always asking questions that I now was related possibly to the medication. I was then put on Depakote. After a year on it, I found I had lost 100% of my memory. I almost died in June, 2017 because Depakote had robbed me of my memory to eat for about a week. They insisted to go to Emergency because my potassium had gone down below 2.7 and they thought I have a heart attack or stroke. When I had been on Depakote for about 4 months, I could not remember the year we were in. I was like a walking “Zombie”. When I discovered this, I went “cold-turkey” and got off of the medication which should never be done. I have had horrible insomnia, intrusive and suicidal thoughts. The suicidal thoughts were almost constant but I don’t know if I would have had the nerve to try it out. I have been miserable. However, I just started taking Lithium Orotate and I think I feel better. And, the main happy part of my getting off the medicine is my memory is coming back better than it has been in years but still always to go.
Enough about myself. Back to my son. First of all, I think the doctor would be adamantly against him getting off of the medicine. I would really like him to see a Holistic Psychiatrist which only uses natural vitamins, minerals etc. to cure mental illness. Unfortunately, I have found only one locally but she charges $250 per hour and does not accept insurance and I don’t know why; perhaps insurance companies do not recognize “Holistic” anything which I think is terrible. I found out that if you eat organic sprouted brown rice and black beans, garbanzo beans and others (organic probably better) can reverse schizophrenia and other mental disorders because it produces natural niacin which is a big factor.
Sorry to be so “long-winded” in this message. But the main question is, how long does it take to wean yourself off of Zyprexia?