Yes, I am suprised the doctor did not wean you as well. It is rough going off any physc-med with ut weaning. Are you seeing a physc-doc or a general practicioner?
I have been seeing the same Psychiatrist for the past year and this is approximately the 7th medicine he has put me on.
I also took 5 mg, for 18 months. I weaned off it very very slowly. It took many months to reduce from 2.5, I cut it into quarters.
I would reduce one day out of ten, and if i felt bad i would go back up to the previous dose and try again four weeks later.
I was fine then coming off it. Lost the weight as well slowly over the next year.
All done on my Doctors advice.
I have had four months of nausea and dizziness because my dr. took me off Zyprexa and put me on another med. I thought my symptoms were from withdrawal but he said that I shouldn't experience withdrawal from Zyprexa, especially since the new drug, Seroquel, was in the same class. So I was told I had an inner ear problem for the last four months and have been suffering through these symptoms. I finally got fed up, and after seeing many other doctors who couldn't find anything wrong with my ears, I am convinced it is from the Zyprexa. I am back on it and I am going to try weaning off of it next month. I'm on 5 mg.s now and that's what I was taking for a little over a year. I also experienced severe edema but no one mentioned that it was from the Zyprexa. I knew it was probably from one of my meds, I just didn't know which one. I'll be so glad to be off of that drug. My blood sugar levels are elevated now and I've gained a lot of weight. This drug is toxic! I wish I'd known this ahead of time because I wouldn't have taken it.