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Chapter 12

Antipsychotic Medication  Pre-Taper

THE PRE-TAPER FOR an antipsychotic medication has changed more than any other medication type with recent scientific breakthroughs at The Road Back. The amount of nutritional supplements required has continued to drop dramatically with these discoveries and the ease a person can now get off an antipsychotic has dramatically improved.

Antipsychotics disrupt additional balances within the body and the drug created conditions need to be addressed. In the past years, antipsychotics were only prescribed for schizophrenia, bipolar, psychosis and extreme mental disturbances, but that is no longer the case. This edition of the book includes the recent breakthroughs that dramatically reduce the side effects and major symptoms associated with antipsychotic medication as well as the normal mental symptoms people may be experiencing that might prompt a physician to prescribe this class of medication initially.

Starting Your Pre-Taper

Now is the time to take a deep breath and relax. You may have suffered greatly from the medication in the past and you may be suffering from what appears to be side effects that will never go away. There is hope and there is a solution. Your body will be going through some changes during the pre-taper and those changes are positive changes. Your life is about to change for the better.

If you need assistance from a parent or a trusted friend, give them this book and have them work with you and help you through the daily procedures.

Your physician should also be supportive as well.

What to do:

  1. Consult with your prescribing physician and/or pharmacist and layout your drug taper schedule.

  2. Plan out the second and third reduction of the medication as well at this point to ensure you are ready with the correct dosages of the drug.

  3. Once you have read all of the pre-taper section proceed to the chapter, How to Taper Antipsychotic Medication and fully read it as well.

The Pre-Taper

For the next 7-days you will be doing your pre-taper. You do not reduce your medication during the pre-taper, but, to state again, this is the time to also plan out the reduction phase of the drug which starts after the seven days of the pre-taper are completed.

Goal of Pre-Taper

  • Drastic reduction of all major side effects.

  • If hearing voices, those completely gone.

  • Mood swings stabilized.

Supplements you will take:

JNK

Neuro Endure Mini

Omega 3 Supreme TG

Body Calm Daytime Relief

Body Calm Supreme, either with or without melatonin

DAY ONE

Supplements

JNK Capsules  – Take 2 of the JNK Capsules in the mid-morning, 2 more at noon and 2 more capsules around 6pm.

Neuro Endure Mini – Start with 1 tablet in the morning. Take the next tablet 5 hours later and a 3rd tablet 5 hours after the second tablet.

After 7 days of taking 1 tablet, you can increase to 2 tablets 3 times a day if a positive change has not happened yet. Increase by 1 tablet every 7 days until a positive change occurs. No need to exceed more than 4 tablets 3 times a day, 5 hours apart.

Most of you will respond to only 1 tablet. When positive change occurs do not increase further.

Omega 3 Supreme TG – Take 1 softgel in the morning and another softgel at noon. There is enough vitamin e in the fish oil softgel when you are only taking two softgels a day. You will not need additional vitamin E.

Body Calm Daytime Relief – Take 1 capsule throughout the day and into the evening. This should help keep the edge off. If needed, you can take the Body calm Daytime Relief every 2 hours and as many as 2 capsules if desired. If the Body Calm Daytime Relief is working very well for you during the daytime and you feel completely chilled, you can try taking the Body Calm Daytime Relief for sleep as well.

Body Calm Supreme – Take 1 or 2 capsules 15-minutes before bedtime. You can use the melatonin free formula or with melatonin. The formula with melatonin is stronger.

Refer to the chapter, Nutritionals  Used on the Program for additional information about the supplements.

Make sure to keep your daily Journal and Daily Graphs. The pre-taper is really this simple. Do the pre-taper for 7 full days and then proceed to tapering off the medication.

If you have any questions or need guidance send an e-mail to info@theroadback.org