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Antipsychotic Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Antipsychotics are a drug group that is used to treat a broad range of psychological disorders commonly referred to as psychosis. The effects of the drugs vary widely by patient, and it sometimes becomes necessary to end its use. Ending the use of antipsychotic drugs can lead to antipsychotic withdrawal. This withdrawal occurs due to the body's need to readjust to being without the drugs.

A number of withdrawal symptoms accompany antipsychotic withdrawal. Common symptoms of antipsychotic withdrawal include nausea, anorexia and vomiting. Headaches, insomnia, anxiety and agitation may also occur when a patient no longer takes the antipsychotics. Anxiety and agitation may be signs of a return of the original psychosis.
Antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms often begin about a day after the last dosage, though they may not start for up to four days. Symptoms typically last between one to two weeks, with extreme cases of withdrawal lasting as long as three to four weeks.

Removing the drugs from the patient's system requires a period of detoxification. During this detoxification period, use of the drug is either suspended entirely, or reduced slowly. Cutting off the drug use suddenly is usually due to an adverse reaction to the drug. Because a total cutoff can heighten the withdrawal symptoms, this method is generally not preferred.

Withdrawing from Antipsychotics: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Antipsychotic Withdrawal Treatment is necessary for the successful discontinuation of antipsychotics. Typical treatment consists of tapering off the drug dosages over a period of four to eight weeks. This tapering is necessary to reduce the effects of withdrawal. Though the effects can be reduced, the symptoms of withdrawal cannot be escaped entirely. There are a few effective treatments available to reduce the symptoms to manageable levels. Medical supervision is required for the treatments though, as a medical professional is needed to judge the effects of the drug's reduction in the patient.

If replacing one antipsychotic drug with another, the treatment method can consist of lowering the dosage of the current drug while introducing the new drug into the patient's system. This method requires that the medications are safe for concurrent use, which limits its applicability. Often the only choice when changing medications is to reduce the current antipsychotic until it leaves the system, and then to introduce the new medication. If withdrawal symptoms are painful, the tapered dose can be raised temporarily to allow the body to readjust to the lower drug levels. Once the readjustment occurs, tapering can begin again. While this method can extend the withdrawal period, it can help to avoid all but the smallest of withdrawal symptoms.

In some extreme cases, tapering is not an option because use of the antipsychotic must cease immediately. When this occurs, additional medications can be prescribed to aid with the reduction of symptoms.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Because antipsychotics affect the chemistry of the brain, they can become addictive over time. A user's body develops a need for the drug to maintain the new chemical balance. A combination of detoxing along with addiction treatment rehab can help the user adjust to the new chemical balance in his or her brain.

Rehab from antipsychotic use is extremely personalized. The drugs were originally prescribed to treat specific psychological conditions. With the removal of the drug from a patient's system, those conditions are likely to return. As such, treatment largely consists of reevaluating a patient's status in regards to the original issue. Once this reevaluation is complete, a new course of treatment can follow.

For any questions you may have regarding antipsychotic withdrawal treatment, you can call a national hotline staffed by knowledgeable professionals with the answers you need. The number to call is 1-888-658-5242. The call will be kept confidential and the line is manned 24 hours a day. In addition to answering your questions, the staff can also provide you with information on the facilities in your area that treat antipsychotic withdrawal.

Antipsychotic Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Names: chlorpromazine, chlorprothixene, clozapine, fluphenazine, haloperidol, loxapine, mesoridazine, molindone, olanzapine, perphenazine, pimozide, quetiapine, risperidone, thioridazine, thiothixene, trifluoperazine, trifluopromazine, ziprasidone
  • Brand Names: Thorazine, Taractan, Clozaril, Permitil, Prolixin, Haldol, Loxitane, Serentil, Lidone, Moban, Zyprexa, Trilafon, Orap, Seroquel, Risperdal, Mellaril, Navane, Stelazine, Vesprin, Geodon
  • Cost/Price: Varies
  • Used to Treat Addiction? In some cases
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Manage psychosis
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Manage psychosis
  • Chemical Makeup: Varies depending on medication
  • System: Central Nervous System
  • Duration of Action: Varies
Form, Intake and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablets, capsules, liquid
  • Administration Routes: Swallowed, injected
  • Dosage: Varies
  • Overdose: Varies
  • Alcohol Interaction: intensified sedation, impaired coordination, breathing difficulty
  • Illicit Drugs: psychosis, breathing difficulty, impaired motor skills
  • Prescription Medications: addictive effects with drugs that exhibit alpha adrenergic blockade, anticholingeric effects, quinine-like effects
  • Contraindications: Varies
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: weight gain, inability to sit still or remain motionless, sexual dysfunction, skin rashes
  • Long-Term: return of psychosis requiring higher dosage, tardive dyskinsea
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Low
  • Signs of Abuse: Varies
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: varies
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: shakes, tremors, nausea, emesis, anorexia, diarrhea, rhinorrhea, diaphoresis, myalgia, paresthesia, anxiety, agitation, restlessness, insomnia, psychosis
  • Tolerance: No
  • Cross Dependence: Medium
  • Physical Dependence: High
  • Psychological Dependence: High
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Not scheduled



Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Antipsychotic Withdrawals Last?

This withdrawal length varies based on the antipsychotic medication and dosage as well as the treatment plan. The timeline for treatment can range in duration from a few months to over a year.

Do You Have a List Popular Slang or Street Names for Antipsychotics?

With the exception of Seroquel, most antipsychotic medications don’t have street names. Seroquel is also known as Quell or Suzie-Q.

What are Common Misspellings?

Antisychotic withdrawl, aantipsychotic withdrawls, antispychotic withdrawel, antipsychtoic withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

An effective home remedy to aid in detoxing from antipsychotic medications can be hard to find. A treatment center will generally yield better results if you wish to detox safely and permanently. Treatment centers offer therapies and methods that can offer relief for the symptoms of withdrawal. Professional help could ease the detox process.

Home remedies, alternative treatments, or natural therapies could give you a poor result if you wish to detox from antipsychotic drugs. Instead, call 1-888-658-5242 to find a treatment center in your area. It’s not too late to get help.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Antipsychotics?

Detoxing varies in length from person to person. Since antipsychotic medications alter the central nervous system, detoxing from them can be more complex than from other drugs. There are a number of treatment programs available to help you determine the best options for your detoxification. In most patients, detox takes a few months to over a year.

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