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Getting off of Seroquel

Posted by @anniegk, Jun 8, 2018

I have been on 300 mgs. Seroquel ER for over a year for augmenting my antidepressant which is 45 mgs. Of Mirtazapine. I decided to try and get off of the Seroquel. I was on 300mgs ER (extended release). I titrated down to 250 mg ER for 2 months without too many problems.than i titrated down to 200mgs ER just 5 days ago. My plan is to try to titrate off using ER tablets. My thinking is that perhaps the drug will remove its self from my system more gradually. I have had some nausea and a couple of episodes of diarrhea. I also have a very irregular heart beat and was started on 60 mgs of Propranolol ER (extended release) 4 weeks ago. It seems to be helping my heartbeat. I have wondered if the nausea and light headness is from the Propranolol, a Beta Blocker, or the dose reduction of the Seroquel. I also wonder if the way iam titrating the Seroquel is safe. My doctor says it will only take a couple of weeks…I think that is too fast of a taper after being on a drug for over a year. What do you think?

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Hi @anniegk

I reduced from 400mg Seroquel (Slow release one) not so long ago. I was on 300mg in the morning and 100mg at night. My actual plan was to be off all medication by Christmas, but unfortunately there have been a few bends on the road. My GP and Psychiatrist weren't that happy with the idea, but I convinced them that I was able to do it. To make a long story short, I went from the 300mg in the morning right down to 100mg and 100mg at night. Yes, there are withdrawal symptoms as I was apprehensive, had a little agitation and some sweating during the day. I'm also on Mirtazapine (30mg at night) and wanted that reduced too but to no avail. They simply wouldn't allow me to stop it because of my suicidal ideation in the past and my long history of severe depression.

I'm so glad you mentioned Propranolol because I am on 40mg morning and night. The only thing I can say is that it can cause a very dry mouth, but I'm willing to put up with that because my palpatations, sweating and shaking in stressful situations ease off after I take it.

As for your Doctor, he can tell you this and that, but it's you going through the tapering so you and your body will know best. I really hope you manage to taper off without all the unpleasant symptoms that some people experience. As a person who's been on Seroquel for seven years I do know a little about it and everyone reacts differently to reducing medication doses,

Ed

This is a low dose. I've been on it for a few months. Is it safe to quit taking it cold turkey? It's for insomnia and depression. I take it alongside 30 mg Lexapro and 100 mg trazodone.

Hello @highserotonin30,

Welcome to Connect. I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion as I thought it would be beneficial for you to meet others and read about their experiences while weaning off Seroquel.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

When you withdraw from any medication, there are important factors that will influence your withdrawal. it is highly recommended to do a gradual taper with the help of a physician to allow your body and brain to slowly adjust to changes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/quetiapine-oral-route/description/drg-20066912

I’m tagging @derryman @whereveryougothereyouare @majic @ronlin1948 @jancer2017 @ginak523 who’ve also shared their experiences about Seroquel in these discussion:
– Seroquel for anxiety, social anxiety & PTSD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/seroquel-for-anxiety-ptsd/
– anything about being on SEROQUEL? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/seraquel/

May I ask if you could share your reasons for wanting to quit, @highserotonin30?

@kanaazpereira

Hello @highserotonin30,

Welcome to Connect. I moved your message and combined it with this existing discussion as I thought it would be beneficial for you to meet others and read about their experiences while weaning off Seroquel.
If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will see the whole discussion and can join in, meet, and participate with other members talking about their or their loved ones' experiences.

When you withdraw from any medication, there are important factors that will influence your withdrawal. it is highly recommended to do a gradual taper with the help of a physician to allow your body and brain to slowly adjust to changes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/quetiapine-oral-route/description/drg-20066912

I’m tagging @derryman @whereveryougothereyouare @majic @ronlin1948 @jancer2017 @ginak523 who’ve also shared their experiences about Seroquel in these discussion:
– Seroquel for anxiety, social anxiety & PTSD https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/seroquel-for-anxiety-ptsd/
– anything about being on SEROQUEL? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/seraquel/

May I ask if you could share your reasons for wanting to quit, @highserotonin30?

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Thanks for the help. I want to stop taking it because I've gained almost 90 lbs since I've started my treatment. It seems to me that at this point, the negative health consequences far outweigh any antidepressive qualities the Seroquel has had on me. I'm still depressed and very anxious. The only exception is that now I also have about 80 extra pounds to show for it. I'll make sure to check out those other discussions.

@highserotonin30

Thanks for the help. I want to stop taking it because I've gained almost 90 lbs since I've started my treatment. It seems to me that at this point, the negative health consequences far outweigh any antidepressive qualities the Seroquel has had on me. I'm still depressed and very anxious. The only exception is that now I also have about 80 extra pounds to show for it. I'll make sure to check out those other discussions.

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Hi, @highserotonin30 – I wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I experienced weight gain from taking citalopram (Celexa) about 8+ years ago, and that was very frustrating. I would say that for me, the weight came off semi-easily after I was tapered off of it.

I'd also like to invite @pharis022 @parus @freddymercury @maclodge to offer any insights they may have related to tapering off of quetiapine (Seroquel) and also weight gain with this medication vs. its antidepressive qualities. @jakedduck1 @johnbishop may also have some thoughts to share.

Since you mentioned you are still depressed and very anxious, what does your doctor plan for your treatment after this taper is done, @highserotonin30?

@lisalucier

Hi, @highserotonin30 – I wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I experienced weight gain from taking citalopram (Celexa) about 8+ years ago, and that was very frustrating. I would say that for me, the weight came off semi-easily after I was tapered off of it.

I'd also like to invite @pharis022 @parus @freddymercury @maclodge to offer any insights they may have related to tapering off of quetiapine (Seroquel) and also weight gain with this medication vs. its antidepressive qualities. @jakedduck1 @johnbishop may also have some thoughts to share.

Since you mentioned you are still depressed and very anxious, what does your doctor plan for your treatment after this taper is done, @highserotonin30?

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I'm seeing him later on this month. I think I might need to get off the lexapro as well because when we first discussed the weight gain he took me off the seroquel and I barely lost any weight. I maintained almost all of the weight I have gained by being on the Lexapro by itself. So it's time for a change. This lexapro experiment has been going on for a year now. It's certainly helped with the depression but I'm still largely depressed. The same could be said about the seroquel.

@lisalucier

Hi, @highserotonin30 – I wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I experienced weight gain from taking citalopram (Celexa) about 8+ years ago, and that was very frustrating. I would say that for me, the weight came off semi-easily after I was tapered off of it.

I'd also like to invite @pharis022 @parus @freddymercury @maclodge to offer any insights they may have related to tapering off of quetiapine (Seroquel) and also weight gain with this medication vs. its antidepressive qualities. @jakedduck1 @johnbishop may also have some thoughts to share.

Since you mentioned you are still depressed and very anxious, what does your doctor plan for your treatment after this taper is done, @highserotonin30?

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Hi @highserotonin30 — I've had weight gain on a different medication (prednisone) and had to change a few habits to control the weight gain when I was on the drug. I've read the weight gain from taking Seroquel can be a problem for a lot of people. I found an article that may be helpful to you.

Seroquel and Weight Gain
http://www.drugsdb.com/rx/seroquel/seroquel-and-weight-gain/

One thing I tried to stay focused on was that I didn't gain the weight all in one day and I'm certainly not going to lose it in one day. I tried to find an activity I liked doing and keep busy to keep my mind off of the things that made me gain weight. I also stopped buying them so I wouldn't have them in the house when I had the urge. I did find another exercise blog which had some members specifically talking about how to lose weight while taking Seroquel on MyFitnessPal.com.
https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10030667/how-to-lose-weight-while-taking-seroquel

Just take it one day at a time and one step at a time.

I too gained 50 lbs on Seroquel. I started at 300 mg/day as an augment to Celexa. After I ballooned out, I tapered down to 200 and then 150 mg/day. Still no weight loss so I dropped to 100 mg/day and started getting withdrawal symptoms. So I went back up to 150 mg/day things seem to be stable, except for my weight which stubbornly insists on remaining at 50 lbs excess. I recently joined a gym and now I exercise 3-4 times a week. I'm also trying to cut back on calories by reducing meal portion sizes and not snacking between meals.

I don't understand how atypical antipsychotics cause weight gain. It is through an increase in appetite or some effect on the metabolism? My doctor doesn't seem to know and the information I find online is not very useful. Anyone know?

@mxyzptlk

I too gained 50 lbs on Seroquel. I started at 300 mg/day as an augment to Celexa. After I ballooned out, I tapered down to 200 and then 150 mg/day. Still no weight loss so I dropped to 100 mg/day and started getting withdrawal symptoms. So I went back up to 150 mg/day things seem to be stable, except for my weight which stubbornly insists on remaining at 50 lbs excess. I recently joined a gym and now I exercise 3-4 times a week. I'm also trying to cut back on calories by reducing meal portion sizes and not snacking between meals.

I don't understand how atypical antipsychotics cause weight gain. It is through an increase in appetite or some effect on the metabolism? My doctor doesn't seem to know and the information I find online is not very useful. Anyone know?

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This Mayo Clinic article talks about antipsychotics like quetiapine (Seroquel) in the context of an article on bipolar medications and weight gain https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/expert-answers/bipolar-medications-and-weight-gain/faq-20058043. Like you mentioned, @mxyzptlk, it says, "Some of these medications can increase your appetite or cause changes in metabolism leading to weight gain."

Hello everyone I am new around here!
I am a 20 y/o male and when I was 7 years old I was put on Quetiapine. I believe it was for anxiety or something but I do not remember much of my childhood. Anyways fast forward to now and I have been taking Quetiapine for 13 years and I don't even know why I am taking it. I am currently taking Quetiapine 50mg ER once a day at 5:30-7pm each day. My doctor tried to ween me off last year around this time by cutting my down to 25mg daily for 2 weeks followed by 25mg every other day for 4 days, after that I went cold turkey. The withdrawal was okay at first but eventually I think I had a panic attack or something and was put back on it. Anyways, my question is how can I got off this drug I've been on for 13 years? Im worried about the effects on my liver and other cognitive effects such as it being incredibly difficult to wake up

@tness360

Hello everyone I am new around here!
I am a 20 y/o male and when I was 7 years old I was put on Quetiapine. I believe it was for anxiety or something but I do not remember much of my childhood. Anyways fast forward to now and I have been taking Quetiapine for 13 years and I don't even know why I am taking it. I am currently taking Quetiapine 50mg ER once a day at 5:30-7pm each day. My doctor tried to ween me off last year around this time by cutting my down to 25mg daily for 2 weeks followed by 25mg every other day for 4 days, after that I went cold turkey. The withdrawal was okay at first but eventually I think I had a panic attack or something and was put back on it. Anyways, my question is how can I got off this drug I've been on for 13 years? Im worried about the effects on my liver and other cognitive effects such as it being incredibly difficult to wake up

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Hello, @tness360, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Since you posted about tapering off of quetiapine (Seroquel), I've moved your message here so that you could meet other like @mxyzptlk @highserotonin30 @anniegk @yangedd @linda66 and others, who may have some input on this process.

@tness360 – did your doctor have a different tapering plan for you to try this time to wean off?

Ben and Seroquel for years he was up to 600

@tness360

Hello everyone I am new around here!
I am a 20 y/o male and when I was 7 years old I was put on Quetiapine. I believe it was for anxiety or something but I do not remember much of my childhood. Anyways fast forward to now and I have been taking Quetiapine for 13 years and I don't even know why I am taking it. I am currently taking Quetiapine 50mg ER once a day at 5:30-7pm each day. My doctor tried to ween me off last year around this time by cutting my down to 25mg daily for 2 weeks followed by 25mg every other day for 4 days, after that I went cold turkey. The withdrawal was okay at first but eventually I think I had a panic attack or something and was put back on it. Anyways, my question is how can I got off this drug I've been on for 13 years? Im worried about the effects on my liver and other cognitive effects such as it being incredibly difficult to wake up

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@tness360, I assume you are taking regular Seroquel and not Seroquel XL? The smallest dose you can get for XL is 50 mg, so tapering down isn't possible. For some reason, the company believes that quitting from 50 mg to zero is OK. It isn't. I've tried it.

Have you tried cutting your 20 mg pills into smaller bits? Another option is to ask your pharmacist to make a liquid formulation so you can go down in tiny decrements over a long time, even mg by mg. British psychopharmacist, Heather Ashton, has designed a very slow withdrawal protocol for benzos which may work for Seroquel. I don't know. Something to talk over with your doctor and pharmacists.

Also, I can't believe they put you on Seroquel at age 7! IMO, that constitutes malpractice.

https://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/

@flpatt

Ben and Seroquel for years he was up to 600

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Hi, @flpatt – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect.

Just wanted to clarify if you were taking quetiapine (Seroquel) for years, or if it was someone else in your family? Are you (or they) now continuing or weaning off of this medication?

@fplatt, here is some info on how to taper down on Seroquel. It involves some nutritional support known to help with nervous disorders. Again, talk with your MD!

http://www.townsendletter.com/FebMarch2013/whattodo0213_2.html

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