Zyprexa (Thread 263145)

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I have bipolar and was on 5mg of olanzapine and 20mg of seroxat. I was quite well for 8 or 9 years. I asked my doctor if I could come off the meds, and she took me off the olanzapine in December 2012. I had an awful relapse about 6 months later, ended up in hospital, lost my job and caused awful hardship for my family. I have asked my doctors and pharmacist if stopping the olanzapine caused the relapse and they all said no, as after stopping the olanzapine symptoms would occur within a week or so. I can accept this. However, I also asked if I had carried on taking it could I have prevented the relapse. Again,they all said no - that because relapse occurred about 6 months after I came off it, that there was no link between the two. Again I asked a few times if I had continued taking the olanzapine would the trlapse still have happened? They said that yes it still would have happened. Is this correct? I feel so guilty and will only be able to move on if I can stop blaming myself. If I'm not to blame for relapse - if stopping olanzapine did not cause it- I may be able to move on and be a better wife and mom. Please help

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Sally Hunter Says:

Delayed withdrawal is described in the literature. Google 'scholarly citations for delayed olanzapine withdrawal'.

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