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?

Hello again everybody. My update:
I recently bought the 25mg pill pack and I've been cutting them into halves and trying to sleep on those halves for three nights.
So far, it seems to be working well. And last night I was able to fall asleep with less effort than the previous two nights.
Still, I'm going to bed very late these days and waking up very late too because I currently have no schedule to maintain.
I'll try to impose a more rigid and early pattern from now on just to see if I can with only 12.5mg. Also because it's healthier. So will probably post if I'll have success or not with that.

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Has anyone been prescribed Effexor and mirtazapine? My doc prescribed the mirtazapine to help with difficulty sleeping from the Effexor

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@caf

Has anyone been prescribed Effexor and mirtazapine? My doc prescribed the mirtazapine to help with difficulty sleeping from the Effexor

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Dear Caf,
I have no knowledge about these pharmaceuticals, but your question makes me wonder why I never inquired about my prescriptions:

-what are side effects,
-drug interactions, or precautions were …
-and will this drug interact negatively with a medication I am already taking.
I never asked the doctor, the pharmacist
or read all of the accompanying literature on the prescription.

I do now! AND I ask if the benefit of this script outweighs the negative consequences!

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Caf,
I have learned to ask:
“Do the benefits outweigh the risks? What are the risks?”
If I had asked that question and read the literature with the prescription I never would have taken the dosage, the length of time, that I took Clonazepam. It impairs you’re memory and mood when taken for years.
I am titrating off of this script.
More later!

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I stopped Effexor, Seroquel, lexapro and everything else. I feel great. Medicine-free for the first time in 16 years. Amazing how much the meds can mess you up and become the new normal. I wish they invested as much time and money into working with actual mental illness as they did with thinking they were alleviating symptoms. I’ve been in the psychiatric regime for 17 years, paranoid schizophrenic for 25 and nobody to this day has investigated the nature of my delusions. I ended up doing it myself and went off all of my meds and am completely fine.

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@jh1

I stopped Effexor, Seroquel, lexapro and everything else. I feel great. Medicine-free for the first time in 16 years. Amazing how much the meds can mess you up and become the new normal. I wish they invested as much time and money into working with actual mental illness as they did with thinking they were alleviating symptoms. I’ve been in the psychiatric regime for 17 years, paranoid schizophrenic for 25 and nobody to this day has investigated the nature of my delusions. I ended up doing it myself and went off all of my meds and am completely fine.

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Thank you for writing. I am happy to hear that you are doing well. I am also tapering off of a medicine…
Not easy! Painful cramping.

There are side effects to withdrawal and some of us may need to be monitored. My biggest helper has been my gastroenterologist! She has given me information about the cramping I might have and not to confuse it with IBS… although it is irritable!

Others, including your former doctor, would benefit from knowing your success story.
Perhaps the doctor would not be so quick to prescribe Meds that cause dependence?

Thank you again for writing.

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@helenfrances

Thank you for writing. I am happy to hear that you are doing well. I am also tapering off of a medicine…
Not easy! Painful cramping.

There are side effects to withdrawal and some of us may need to be monitored. My biggest helper has been my gastroenterologist! She has given me information about the cramping I might have and not to confuse it with IBS… although it is irritable!

Others, including your former doctor, would benefit from knowing your success story.
Perhaps the doctor would not be so quick to prescribe Meds that cause dependence?

Thank you again for writing.

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Thanks for the reply. Nobody told me about Effexor dependence when it was prescribed and my current psychiatrist doesn’t treat my condition, he just works with medicine. I’m sure he will be interested to hear how it’s going at our next appointment. The current treatment of schizophrenia is ect and meds. I’ve scoured many writings on the topic but haven’t found anyone who treats the underlying condition yet.

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Suggest you research natural, herbal options, they are there and research shows they are successful, w no side effects, or minimum side effects. Dr Becker is a GP/natrolpath , also Dr Amen has had great success says most mental issues are curable,, not just tolerated.but big pharma doesn't want Americans to know.. Google Dr Amen, do your research

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@helenfrances

Dear Caf,
I have no knowledge about these pharmaceuticals, but your question makes me wonder why I never inquired about my prescriptions:

-what are side effects,
-drug interactions, or precautions were …
-and will this drug interact negatively with a medication I am already taking.
I never asked the doctor, the pharmacist
or read all of the accompanying literature on the prescription.

I do now! AND I ask if the benefit of this script outweighs the negative consequences!

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My husband was on 3 depression related meds plus 1 for high cholesterol. Not only was nothing working he was getting worse with major terror attacks and he was sleeping 20 hrs a day. His psychiatrist never actually talks to him, only checks in every 3 months for about 3 min and increases dosage. I had had it and researched each drug as to sideffects, created a spreadsheet to see how they compared plus which side effects he had and how severe he was experiencing them on a scale of 1to3. Of all the effects possible he had every single one except one. 7 of them were caused by all 3 meds! Another 6 were shared between 2, plus others per med. He was having a storm of side effects!! Armed with this spreadsheet we called the psychiatrist for an emergency meeting. He was quite surprised by the sheet and promptly canceled every drug, prescribed a new one for night (because of drowsiness effect) and 1 for terror as needed. Almost every side effect disappeared except no energy and sleeping alot. I had insisted on a meeting in 30 days to reassess. We switched meds again and things are better. Not great but he can function in public and do errands, mow, drive. My big point is to do your research and self advocate. No one is taking new patients in our area so we are stuck with this Doc, who is basically a pill pusher, or we'd change in a heartbeat. Best to all who are struggling to find what works for you.

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@helenfrances

Caf,
I have learned to ask:
“Do the benefits outweigh the risks? What are the risks?”
If I had asked that question and read the literature with the prescription I never would have taken the dosage, the length of time, that I took Clonazepam. It impairs you’re memory and mood when taken for years.
I am titrating off of this script.
More later!

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Keep us posted for sure!

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@helenfrances

Dear Caf,
I have no knowledge about these pharmaceuticals, but your question makes me wonder why I never inquired about my prescriptions:

-what are side effects,
-drug interactions, or precautions were …
-and will this drug interact negatively with a medication I am already taking.
I never asked the doctor, the pharmacist
or read all of the accompanying literature on the prescription.

I do now! AND I ask if the benefit of this script outweighs the negative consequences!

Jump to this post

When i started on an anti depressant and Xanax many many years ago I was so miserable. Debilitating anxiety, no appetite. lost a massive amount of weight, crying and vomiting constantly, insomnia. I was so desperate I would have taken arsenic if that’s what I had been told to take. I had children to take care of. Now I’m reaping all the side effects and dependency from these drugs. Take someone with you when starting medication if you’re in no shape to ask questions. Days turn into months, months turn into years when you take these drugs. Wish I would have known then what I know now.

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OK so I don't mean to hijack a Seroquel thread with Effexor, but I did want to update that my attempt to go completely off Effexor was unsuccessful and instead I will be staying on 75 mg for a month then, 37.5 for a month, then 0. I will be able to push through the horrible withdrawal but i'll probably need a week off from any major work or maybe even driving a car. I went one day medicine free and was fine (that's when I wrote that post) but by day 2 the withdrawal began. It was pretty bad but I think milder than most people's. I got something similar to what people describe as brain zaps, but more like a brain fog. It was actually a permanent kind of fog that made reality kind of cotton-like. Hard to describe but if you've had it, you'll know what I mean. I also thought several times I would be sick. I was dizzy but not losing balance. Mood was irritable, easily annoyed. There's a feeling of anger and resentment and a kind of regret/guilt combo and also a feeling of wanting to be safe. It's not entirely pleasant.

Physical symptoms: like a moderate hangover or like the first few days of a cold or flu without congestion or fever.

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