Is it possible for someone who was diagnosed with acute psychosis
and a bi-polar disorder to safely withdraw from olanzapine? I was first diagnosed with these over 2 years ago and kept in the mental ward of a hospital for a week. I think I was on Seroquel, and my family physician felt it was safe to slowly withdraw from it. So I did
. A month or two later, I wound up back in the mental ward of a hospital, this time for 2 months. Since then I have been on olanzapine. I have very slowly reduced my medication since then, and I am now on 7mg/day. (I take it after dinner.) I'm afraid to lower it any more, but my mother has me seeing this "naturopath" doctor, who thinks he can ween me off it entirely with niacine, b-12, fish oil, vitamin C and multi-vitamins. Like I said, I'm reluctant to lower it any further. I don't want to end up in a hospital again. On the other hand though, I've developed a very short attention span since taking these drugs (which is very inconvenient when studying.) (I'm an accounting student, and I'm required to read at least 80 pages a week, and I'm a painfully slow reader to begin with.) Also, I used to weigh 180 pounds. Now I weigh 250. A month ago, I weighed 260. For a month now, I've been doing intense cardio every morning in hopes of losing weight, and so far, I've been successful. However, I don't want to have to do intense cardio every morning just to maintain a normal weight for the rest of my life. Another embarrassing and inconvenient side effect is erectile dysfunction. I would like to limit these side-effects as much as possible. What should I do?