Zyprexa is often regarded as the second heaviest AP(of the 2nd generation) only next to Clozapine.
I’m on the same dose as you are. I have lack of emotions, heavy sedation and almost non existent libido so I will try to get off. But if I try everything interesting and nothing else works I guess I will just have to accept it. But most likely it’s a trade off. Start a different AP and you get some other side effects to deal with, so it’s about choosing the lesser evil in the end.
Im taking 20mg of olanzapine along 150mg (max) Invega and other side meds. Olanzapine is a medium strength med, that scales like abilify. I like olanzapine, it makes me calm, I have bo side effects, besides when I started. I had restless legs, drowsiness and munchies. They are all gone now
I would probably reduce to 6.25mg and then experiment with finding something that reduces anxiety. There are a lot of herbs that could help with that like chamomille, hops, lavender, gotu kola, ashwaganda, bacopa ++. I would just try some of that. Most of them are likely to carry no side effects. The thing you need to look out for is allergies, but that would probably reveal itself right away.
Of the herbs I have tried I estimate having a allergic reaction to about 3-4% of them. But as long as you only introduce one herb at a time it’s easy to identify the culprit.
I hated it. Someone else loves it. I think it’s real different for everyone. Even the same symptoms are experienced differently. I hated the heavy sedation. This other person loves it…he loves how it calms him down and helps him feel sleepy at night.
I think it’s really for you to feel your own responses.
Geodon, Cariprazine, Capylta, Saphris, clozapine. To be honest I would just trust my doctor with what they liked, you’ve already got a good taste of some of the better names so there is good judgement in that already. Still many options out there don’t give up hope.
To be quite hournest I wouldn’t switch ot lower Zyprexa cause that’s the best in the class of sec. gen. Every time my mothet lower.her Zyprexa that ends out badly…It’s stronger than most sec. and I wouldn’t touch it. I’m on a very high dose of seroquel and every time I try changing any thing that ends out badly.