I just wanted others to know, my son has been on zypexa for over a year, and each time he tried to get off of it because it didn't work at all according to him. He still had his depression and the drug didn't help him get rid of it. He tried several times with a psychiatrist who told me each time just take him off and he always ended up in the hospital because he wanted to hurt himself or had crazy behavior. I have finally figured out the only way he should have come off this medicine and any other medicine should have been very slowly like a pill every 4th or 5th day or even longer. I just want others to know, why didn't this doctor know it was perfectly normal to go through these withdrawls and not put him on a slower pace. People do have sideeffects coming off medicine and they do have withdrawl symptoms, it was not only my son I saw go through this, but other kids at a intake hospital where they take kids off quickly on medicine and try something new not knowing which medicine was causing the bad sideeffects. My son has gone through hell in a year and it proably wouldn't have happened if the doctor admitted these are normal sideffects from kids who should not get yanked off medicine and put on medicine all at once.
I have had good advice from the pharmacist from the drug store. If you have kids under the age of 21, they have withdrawl effects and some kids are extremely hard to medicate like my son, make sure if your doctor doesn't know how serious your childs side effects are and don't fess up that it could be a drug withdrawls than find another doctor. I am saying this because if I could help any parent and child after what I saw my son go through and almost take his life because the medcine all made his mental state worst. I don't know why and I know some children do benefit from medicine but there are kids who go the opposite way and get worst with medicine. I did find a program who had inpatient kids who all were depressed and met 3 times a week and they didn't feel alone and saw kids with the same problems they had. This is a great idea for kids and I hope their are more hospitals who get programs like this. But the labels on those medications that say it may cause increased sucidal thoughts are true from my experience.
My son for the time, seems to be doing alot better, he is off lithium and he is only on zyprexa 2.5 twice a week. Eventually he will go off of that too because he also said it didn't help his depression.
Teenagers have problems and really can benefit from a very good therapist who really knows your child. But they really have to know them before they put them on medication from my point of view. Our doctor didn't return my calls 3 times when my sons life was n jeopardy, never called back. And each new doctor I have gone to always thinks their way is the right way try this medicine and not knowing my son can't seem to tolerate the medicine and will get suicidal from the onset of the medicine or withdrawl . I have been very honest with the doctors, but for whatever reason its like well this is what I think and if you don't do it go somewhere else. Whatever happened to the patient input or the parents who spend 80% with them and what they've seen. I really don't like the approach docotrs way or no way unless you can say you know exactly what is wrong with the child. Each time the doctors are all giving different points of view, who do I believe without risking my sons life. I really hope the good doctors out there and I know there are alot I just haven't found one.
Good luck to the teenagers out there, don't give up its part of going through the teenage years, it will get better don't give up!!
Teenagers really have alot of depression and we need more treatment which would be therapy first and the kids first.