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Has anyone weaned off of Zyprexa successfully?

How long does it take and how do I reduce the amount?  I've been changed from Zyprexa to Seroquel because my depression came back.  Within days I was extremely dizzy and nauseous and I concluded that it was withdrawal from Zyprexa so the Psychiatrist said to go back on it.  Two months later, when I was feeling better, we tried it again but the same thing happened.  By this time I was being told that I had an inner ear problem or it was caused by the new med.  I was then given Saphris and continued to be dizzy and nauseous.  After two weeks of that I was taken off that class of drugs and given Remeron.  The dizzinesss and nausea would not stop.  I was researching everywhere online about inner ear/dizziness/nausea related issues and became convinced that there was something wrong with my brain or heart.  After seeing about 6 different doctors, including an ENT, an Internist, an Endocrinologist, my Psychiatrist, and the emergency room doctor, trying meds for allergies and nausea, I finally realized that it had to be from the Zyprexa.  I've been suffering with this for 4 months.  So now  I am back on it and the psychiatrist says I should take it for a month and then wean off slowly.  Has anyone else experienced this horror?  
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If you are the type of person who cannot get off of the zyprexa easily, plan on a very long, slow withdrawal.  It took me about 6 months to come off of a 2.5 mg. pill.  Finally the pill was down to 1/16th - then I took it every other day for two weeks, then I stopped.  It has been about a month since I have totally stopped zyprexa and I still have nausea (but it is manageable) and tons of itching.  The doc suggested I try it again - that itching/nausea are a sign of stress.  I.will.never.take.this.drug.again.
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How long were you on the zyprexa before you started to wean yourself off the medication? How are you doing now?
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