Getting off of Seroquel

Posted by anniegk @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?

Hi ilove doodle, so sorry your had to experience the nursing issue of thinking without seeing their patients in need of help with true health issues, yes shingles is very painful and your precious body is very low to have this reaction to have shingles your immune system is struggling in the first place, ginkgo biloba , Ashwagandha ( sometimes known as India's ginseng) Maca and or red ginseng, they can each help better than antidepressants without harming your precious mind and body , Ashwagandha and Ginkgo Bilbo can relax your anxieties( as praying and reading the bible especially psalms ), They can help you sleep better and increase brain clarity and help remove toxins as can activated charcoal , and spinach blueberries research for yourself turmeric dandelion root add with ginger root and Burdock root and try chamomile tea and moranga they would benefit not just depression and anxiety it's clarity of mind which in turn gives you balance and better lifestyle choices , with knowledge this gives you better ideas how to face life. Hope this helps ginger root tea with lemon slice and local raw honey it is good health for healing , we need to share what we know like this system is going through critical times , hard to deal with right now, if you can find hand gel use essential oils lavender and coconut or eucalyptus oil tea tree with Aleo Vera would make gel , grow plants and herbs there's plenty that can relieve stress gardening especially good for mind and if you don't have a garden find someone that needs helping hand with their garden enjoy beauty surrounding you. If you are struggling or indoors Google virtual garden's animals have Wonderful affect on your precious immune system too. Kind regards swift. HUG from England keep smiling. That's something we all can share. Hope this can help you guy's your health and peace of mind .

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@ilovedoodie

P.S. My son was also on Seroquel for quite some time, but he played with it and kept cutting his tablets in half and not being consistent. I don't blame the Seroquel, but his actions contributed to his further downfall.

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I was put on Seroquel because at the time I was getting on paxil and the side effects were scary, wound up in an emergency room and eventually a psych ward. It was prescribed for sleep, 50mg, and I kept increasing the dose. Eventually the side effects became too much.

It was my choice to come off of it, the doctor I'm seeing now expressed some concerns but didn't offer to switch. Things are slowly getting better and I'm in a safe place.

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Are you on paxil now. I have been suffering severe anxiety since december and cant take ssris because i get too sick. . Im glad you are fei g better. I live in canada so mental health care is not good
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@charmal

Are you on paxil now. I have been suffering severe anxiety since december and cant take ssris because i get too sick. . Im glad you are fei g better. I live in canada so mental health care is not good
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Thanks! Its 3:30am right now, went to bed early but woke up a few hours ago and can't get back to sleep. Some shaking and nausea, but I'm not vomiting. Today was mostly ok, went to the park to exercise for two hours and had an appetite. It's been rough .

Yes paxil 10mg.

Also forgot to mention: I wasn't switched to another atypical antipsychotic because I don't have bipolar or schizophrenia. It was improperly prescribed off label for sleep.

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@chrisjc

Thanks! Its 3:30am right now, went to bed early but woke up a few hours ago and can't get back to sleep. Some shaking and nausea, but I'm not vomiting. Today was mostly ok, went to the park to exercise for two hours and had an appetite. It's been rough .

Yes paxil 10mg.

Also forgot to mention: I wasn't switched to another atypical antipsychotic because I don't have bipolar or schizophrenia. It was improperly prescribed off label for sleep.

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Well glad you are doi g a bit better

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@linda66

I am also tapering off of Seroquel I was on 200mg xr and 200mg at bedtime. I started tapering down the Seroquel at bedtime at 50 mg increments every two weeks. Then I started tapering the Seroquel xr at from 200mg to 150 mg every two months . I am now on 50 mg of Seroquel xr. I also take .5 mg of clonazepam twice a day. I have had some episodes of insomnia so I am now taking 3mg of melatonin at night to help me sleep. The problem is that there isn't a lower dosage after the 50mg of Seroquel xr. Which makes it difficult to taper without any negative side effects. ( for example rebound insomnia). So I guess we are both having the same problem.

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See if you can get Seroquel in liquid form. I think it’s available. You can taper very slowly using the liquid.

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Hi ilove doodle, so sorry your had to experience the nursing issue of thinking without seeing their patients in need of help with true health issues, yes shingles is very painful and your precious body is very low to have this reaction to have shingles your immune system is struggling in the first place, ginkgo biloba , Ashwagandha ( sometimes known as India's ginseng) Maca and or red ginseng, they can each help better than antidepressants without harming your precious mind and body , Ashwagandha and Ginkgo Bilbo can relax your anxieties( as praying and reading the bible especially psalms ), They can help you sleep better and increase brain clarity and help remove toxins as can activated charcoal , and spinach blueberries research for yourself turmeric dandelion root add with ginger root and Burdock root and try chamomile tea and moranga they would benefit not just depression and anxiety it's clarity of mind which in turn gives you balance and better lifestyle choices , with knowledge this gives you better ideas how to face life. Hope this helps ginger root tea with lemon slice and local raw honey it is good health for healing , we need to share what we know like this system is going through critical times , hard to deal with right now, if you can find hand gel use essential oils lavender and coconut or eucalyptus oil tea tree with Aleo Vera would make gel , grow plants and herbs there's plenty that can relieve stress gardening especially good for mind and if you don't have a garden find someone that needs helping hand with their garden enjoy beauty surrounding you. If you are struggling or indoors Google virtual garden's animals have Wonderful affect on your precious immune system too. Kind regards swift. HUG from England keep smiling. That's something we all can share. Hope this can help you guy's your health and peace of mind .

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May I ask you to be more specific about what combinations and amounts of these supplements you have used and for what? Your response was great but a bit overwhelming and confusing to follow, for me at least. Also, I take very many meds and have to be careful, but I am always interested in new solutions, esp natural. I am unable to use honey due to Diabetes; I have tried in small portions.

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These last two days were feeling better but today it all crashed. Nausea, vomiting, panic attacks. I can't sleep. Close my eyes and feel a panic attack then get up and suffer. Normally I'd wake up four hours later then panic and get sick immediately. The rest of the day would be a little better, at times feeling normal. But today was bad, I felt ok for about five hours total.

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No sleep last night, delerius. Sweating and panic and vomiting all night. This is the way it was a while ago but the past few days were mostly normal except for night. No idea why it ended up back at square one yesterday! I normally take a two walk in the park in the morning. Couldn't do it today.

So I took a 0.5 of Klonopin. Resisted up until now, but it's clear that I need it. I think it's taking the edge off.

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Please stop torturing yourself – the motto – is Go LOW and Go SLOW – you're coming off too quick. Get a reasonable detox schedule and start adding in good supports whole foods, supplements, information and exercise.

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Detox has been ongoing for a while. The last few days felt great, practically back to normal. But yesterday and last night, crashed and burned. Haven't felt that bad in a long time. I have been on a better diet, vitamins, and exercise daily.

Would need a doctor to chime in but I think it's rebound syndrome. The Seroquel did help with sleep and mood, but I quit because of side effects. Its entirety possible that the original symptoms are back, and I'm only on 10mg of paxil. I upped the Klonopin to 0.75 and it's manageable. Will take another one tonight. I've resisted benzo use for the last month, but maybe I need it to take the edge off.

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No sleep last night, delerius. Sweating and panic and vomiting all night. This is the way it was a while ago but the past few days were mostly normal except for night. No idea why it ended up back at square one yesterday! I normally take a two walk in the park in the morning. Couldn't do it today.

So I took a 0.5 of Klonopin. Resisted up until now, but it's clear that I need it. I think it's taking the edge off.

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Hi, @chrisjc – you are really dealing with a lot of harsh symptoms. Glad that others here are offering their input. I'd also like to invite @jimhd @gingerw @jakedduck1 to join in this discussion for any thoughts they may have as you are facing symptoms like feeling delirious, vomiting, sweating, etc. with your taper.

Have you had the chance to contact your doctor this morning about what you are experiencing and to get some direction for your taper given the symptoms? If so, what did she or he suggest?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @chrisjc – you are really dealing with a lot of harsh symptoms. Glad that others here are offering their input. I'd also like to invite @jimhd @gingerw @jakedduck1 to join in this discussion for any thoughts they may have as you are facing symptoms like feeling delirious, vomiting, sweating, etc. with your taper.

Have you had the chance to contact your doctor this morning about what you are experiencing and to get some direction for your taper given the symptoms? If so, what did she or he suggest?

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I'm making an appointment with her asap. Up until yesterday, my nights were slowly progressing and the days have been fine. The vomiting and panic attacks are limited to night and the early hours of the morning. Currently, Before bed there were no more vomiting episodes and mornings were limited to one, maybe two. I was able to sleep about four hours a night.

I was prescribed seroquel because of a sleep disorder and it worked but I had to quit due to side effects. Like I said I think it could be rebound syndrome.

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@lisalucier

Hi, @chrisjc – you are really dealing with a lot of harsh symptoms. Glad that others here are offering their input. I'd also like to invite @jimhd @gingerw @jakedduck1 to join in this discussion for any thoughts they may have as you are facing symptoms like feeling delirious, vomiting, sweating, etc. with your taper.

Have you had the chance to contact your doctor this morning about what you are experiencing and to get some direction for your taper given the symptoms? If so, what did she or he suggest?

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Here we go, I found my log:

Friday night: slept 7pm-12am. One barfing episode saturday morning, none last night. Anxiety issues early this mornng, not much stomach problems. Anxiety faded by 7am. Day was good, two hour walk in the park, got a lot done around the house.

Saturday night: Sick at 4am, nothing last night. Slept 11-4am. Anxiety and mood improved by noon. Mood worsened by 4pm.

Sunday night: Insomnia all night, sick all night.

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It seems like Seroquel and Effexor are harder to taper off than Benzos. Any thoughts on this? I’m also starting to believe Benzos are safer.

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