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Getting off of Seroquel

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Great question. I believe I have all the bases covered. I have a great support group, a therapist weekly, a psychiatrist, an internist, an addictions specialist , and I just went through a 5 week intensive out patient program. I am ready and really, really want to do this. I have never used street drugs, I don’t use alcohol either. I merely followed my docs advice, and have ended up dependent on these. I do take Effexor ER as an anti depressant, and I understand and know I will need this for a long time for my major depression ( this is my 2 Nd one besides two postpartum depressions). I’m praying I can do this. I truly wish I had never started them with the exception of Effexor. Sometimes I wonder if it is causing the sleep problems.

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It sounds like you have a great support system in place. I'm sure its very comforting and reassuring to have people to lean on and help guide you through this. I have found sleep depravation the hardest thing to navigate so far in life. There's just no escaping it. In my younger years when I had life issues I used to love to escape it by sleeping it away. Bedrooms/bed for me have always been a comforting place to escape tough times. I like to think I'm very tolerant to most other things like aches, pains, cuts and bruises. I can usually ignore pain type things. There's also comfort in knowing with an injury that it will heal over time and get better. Insomnia has shown me a whole new level of un-comfortability that you simply can't ignore or "tough it out". You can't work harder to beat it or out muscle it.

Back to getting off Seroquel. For me, understanding that I this is going to cause insomnia for a couple of days was really beneficial. It helped me prepare for it and helped me mentally understand that this is "normal". I feet it was important for me to sleep but not too much, I wanted my body to be tired in the evenings. I started planning for quitting Seroquel about a week before I quit. I had been trying to cut my dose down from 25mg to 12.5 with varying results. Some days I slept, some days I'd be up until 4:00am – 5:00am. So during the week before quitting I took my 25mg pill, slept well and got my body in a comfortable rested state. I stopped Seroquel on a Sunday evening knowing that I would be going into my work schedule meaning up at 6:00am. There is nothing worse than being up and awake at 4am on a Saturday with nothing to do and no where to go. I have a wife and a 10 year old and 12 year old. I can't really do anything or make any noise. Anyway the first Sunday I quit, I had a bunch of TV shows and movies saved to watch incase I was awake all night which I was. I think I ended up going to work around 4:30am for something to do.

The next day I didn't really know what to expect. I hoped I was going to sleep but wasn't sure. I found out around 11:30pm sleep wasn't coming that night when I felt totally wide awake. I didn't want to risk another night of no sleep as I've found the more sleep deprived I get the more stressed my body gets which results in not sleeping. That night I took 12.5mg Seroquel. Being as exhausted as I was I did find some decent sleep. The days after that it only got better. 3-4 hours of broken sleep the next night and slowly got better as the week went on.

The important message hear (for me anyway) is knowing what to expect. Which is what I found extremely beneficial about this forum. I'm not out of the woods yet as there have been some bumps in the road like a couple days ago but I'm still making progress.