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Coming off antipsychotic medication



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Oct 9, 2016
So I've been on my meds for over one year and both my GP and psychriatist agreed that I coul gradually come off them.

My dose was gradually reduced from 6mg to 1mg over a period of 4 months with no recurrence of symptoms. I stopped taking the drug on Monday and by Friday I was feeling a little poorly, my sleep has been disturbed, I've been a little depressed and I was hit by an unexpected wave of anxiety.

In a panic I recommenced Risperidone last night. Quite how much is a placebo effect I don't know but I think I'm going to stay on 1mg for a few more months before attempting to come off them again.

I'm desperate to get off them, but not if it will compromise my recovery.

What are others experiences of coming off antipsychotic medication?


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Founding Member
Jan 7, 2008
never really tried wish i had when i was younger but there never was the right time, in the area from hell this social worker said help is only for those whove been sectioned and i doubt if youve ever been sectioned so i tried thinking what have i got to lose lasted 3 days before the anxiety forced me back on

i tend to think the more addictive the drug the more profits for what some call big pharma but thats capitalism in action
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Jan 6, 2017
I was started on ziprazidone two years ago when I had a relapse and my doctor wanted to taper me off the risperidone very slowly. It took me about a year to go from 3 mg of risperidone to zero. It was lowered by 0.25 mg once a month. Those 0.25 mg tablets are soooooo tiny.


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Aug 23, 2017
The first time I came off meds I had been on them for a little more than a year. I had moved country and the first psychiatric appointment wasn't due for months, so I decided to go cold turkey. I was taking a fairly low dose (3 mg of Invega). To be honest I didn't notice much difference in the days after I stopped, the only thing I noticed was feeling a little restless at times, and I would go for walks. After 7 months I had a relapse. Now I've been tapering down in the past 11 months from 15mg of zyprexa to 2.5mg. When I went from 5mg to 2.5 I got very annoying head spins every time I moved my head up or down, or got up or bent down, for about 2 weeks. Aside from that I am feeling good on the low dose and I am hoping to stop all toghether again.


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Jun 19, 2015
I've resigned myself to the idea that I'll have to take APs for life. Whenever I come off of them I get very psychotic within the span of a week or so. I wont sleep or eat much and get restless. The last time I was in the Psyche ward the emergency room doctor didn't give me any meds and once I got transferred to the ward they wouldn't give me meds either. I had to wait a few days to get anything. By that time I was having some strange visuals, seeing colors, wavy vision, and catching trails.
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