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Do antipsychotic medications cause any permanent damage?

Do antipsychotics and benzodiazepines cause permanent damage, I took them for about 3.5 years and then stopped after reading all of the horrible things about them. I am trying to get off the last pill, lorazepam, I was on 2 mg but a Dr. is helping me to try and get off it, I am down to 1.5 mg and slowly tapering down. Will I get back my natural sleep back once I am totally off of lorazepam? Or will I have troubles sleeping for the rest of my life now. Before taking lorazepam, I slept like an angel.
Tue, 10 Jun 2014
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Antipsychotic and benzodiazepine do not cause any damage to brain, but they have absue and dependence potential. You can try to taper off lorazepam, the way you are doing. That would help to get off the drug. In case, you feel any problem, you can try some sedative antidepressant like mirtazapine. It does not have dependence pattern. Rest, you can consult your doctor. In case, you need further help, you can ask.

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