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Antipsychotic Withdrawal

Antipsychotics are drugs used to treat mental illnesses like depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Antipsychotic withdrawal is symptoms that may occur when someone suddenly stops taking these medicines. The symptoms include vomiting, nausea, insomnia, dizziness, runny nose, and involuntary muscle contractions.

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How can I stop Sertraline without withdrawal symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am using 75 mg Zoloft for the past seven months for anxiety disorder. I have started with 25 mg and my doctor increased the dosage slowly for my panic attacks. But for the past two months, I do not have any strong panic attacks and when I have the small ones, I am capable of handling it...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Zoloft (Sertraline) is a good medication for anxiety disorder. You are on a low moderate dose of 75 mg once daily (dose range is 50 mg to 200 mg once daily). It is good that you are feeling better for the past two months. It is recommended to continue Sertraline for at...  Read Full »

I am experiencing depression and anxiety. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 22 years old. My problem is that I have been suffering from depression and anxiety for the past one year. Without knowing it, I consulted a cardiologist for chest pain and anxiety. They prescribed me Pexep-CR 25, Lonazep 0.25 and Betacap. I took those medicines regularly for 1.5 year...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you had a relapse of anxiety symptoms after the first time you stopped your medications. Relapses are more severe. They need a higher dose and a much longer duration for recovery. Hence, in your case, you need to either increase the dose or you can add or re...  Read Full »

My mother has recurring anxiety issues. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is 74 years old. Two years back, she was diagnosed with depression and prescribed Locert 50 (Sertraline) and Lepose 1 (Lorazepam) for six months. After that, she was completely recovered. For the past few months, she has started taking Lepose 1 whenever she feels slight anxiety...  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunadh M

Answer: Hii, I read your query and understand your concern. Lorazepam is a rapidly addicting drug, which means it is very likely that your mother is experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It is not a good choice for an elderly person to take as and when required. Since she took it frequently for a month, sudd...  Read Full »

Is my hand cramps due to Seroquel withdrawal?

Query: Hi doctor, I was on 600 to 900 mg of Seroquel for at least 5 years. I contacted my psychiatrist about stopping the medication when I realized it had been prescribed for a condition that I do not have. My doctor was not open to this conversation and I unwisely decided to stop the medicine on my own...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. This is called as tension type headache and is a part of anxiety only. Stopping any antidepressant is usually a difficult task and is usually accompanied by one or other symptoms as withdrawal. It should be stopped once you have been doing well w...  Read Full »

I have been having side effects after taking Ziprasidone. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am currently taking Ziprasidone for DID and for Bipolar disorder. For the last six months, I have been experiencing several physical side effects such as muscle stiffness, facial twitches, and bad anxiety. It went worse, so that I chose to stop the medication and I was off for three week...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You must continue your Ziprasidone and add a tablet of Pacitane (Trihexyphenidyl) 2 mg daily in the morning. It will subside your Ziprasidone side effects. You have antipsychotic-induced ex...  Read Full »

I am addicted to schizophrenia medication. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been taking medicines for schizophrenia for the last 16 years. I could not stop it earlier because my father was adamant about this. As a result, I got addicted to it. Now, whenever I try to stop it, the withdrawal effect of the medicine does not allow me to lead a normal life. My ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If you are doing good and are symptom free, you can discuss with your doctor to stop taking medicines. Tablet Quetiapine is not an addicting medicine. The drug can be stopped by gradually reducing the doses. No need to get worried about that. The dose can be reduced ...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with hypochondria. Suggest a complete cure.

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with hypochondria, specifically cancer phobia for more than 10 years with a need to rush for reassurance whenever thoughts come. I have been able to manage my work and family matters. I have been on SSRIs for several years. I was taking Escitalopram 10 mg which wa...  Read Full »

Dr. K. V. Anand

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. As you know, hypochondriasis is an obsession with the idea of having a serious but undiagnosed medical condition. Hypochondria usually develops during adulthood. Symptoms include a long-term and intense fear of ha...  Read Full »

How to get rid of exhausion without a Flupentixol tablet?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking tablets Escitalopram 10 mg and Flupentixol 5 mg for stress. Flupentixol relieves stress, but makes me sleep ten hours daily. I feel dull and tired if I do not take the tablet. It is affecting my professional and family commitments. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you reduce the dose of the tablet Flupentixol to 0.5 mg. The reduction of dose may bring some dullness, but there is a good possibility that it will go away in a few days. If that does not help, I suggest you take the tablet Lorazepam 1 mg or Clonazepam 0.5...  Read Full »

I am recovering from schizophrenia. How to stop my medicines?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia six years ago and was prescribed with tablet Risperidone 4 mg. I did not have any illusions or hallucinations after taking medicine regularly. The dosage gradually decreased, and I am taking Risperidone 1 mg regularly and feeling well. There are no il...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I think you have schizophrenia, and your condition becomes stable after taking the tablet Risperidone 1 mg. I suggest you taper off your medication, but if your symptoms start repeating, you need to rebuild your dose. I suggest you take the tablet Risperidone 0.5 mg ...  Read Full »

Can I stop antidepressants as I am in a stress-free environment?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression because of work-related issues two years ago. Then I was prescribed Deanxit (Flupenthixol and Melitracen) 10 mg once every day till last month. Now I am trying to withdraw by reducing the dose over a month time, taking one tablet every two day...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If psychologically you are feeling stable for at least six months to a year, then you can try to cut down medication gradually. You can try tapering off the medication over a longer period of time to minimize the chances of withdrawal symptoms. For example, try taking h...  Read Full »

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