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 all, it's been about two months since I posted and wanted to follow up and not leave anyone in the dark. I was able to get off the seroquel but the withdrawals were a living hell. It took about 2 months before the storm passed and another month until I was stable. I'm still having residual side effects but nothing major. The problem is that my anxiety disorder really kicked up since then. I've had to increase my paxil from 10mg to 25mg (in 5mg increments) and take klonopin 0.5mg at night and 0.25mg in the morning (I played with the numbers a few times and that was the best one), and I've recently added a low dose of wellbutrin to hopefully treat the paxil side effects. Seroquel was, by far, the worst drug I've ever had to come off of. Quitting smoking is like a walk in the park, even tapering off klonopin was a joke. Just stick with it and stay in touch with your psychiatrist, and from now on: Dont take an antipsychotic if you dont have schizophrenia/bi-polar disorder! Nothing off-label!

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@chrisjc

Hi all, it's been about two months since I posted and wanted to follow up and not leave anyone in the dark. I was able to get off the seroquel but the withdrawals were a living hell. It took about 2 months before the storm passed and another month until I was stable. I'm still having residual side effects but nothing major. The problem is that my anxiety disorder really kicked up since then. I've had to increase my paxil from 10mg to 25mg (in 5mg increments) and take klonopin 0.5mg at night and 0.25mg in the morning (I played with the numbers a few times and that was the best one), and I've recently added a low dose of wellbutrin to hopefully treat the paxil side effects. Seroquel was, by far, the worst drug I've ever had to come off of. Quitting smoking is like a walk in the park, even tapering off klonopin was a joke. Just stick with it and stay in touch with your psychiatrist, and from now on: Dont take an antipsychotic if you dont have schizophrenia/bi-polar disorder! Nothing off-label!

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Seroquel blessed me with a 30 pound weight gain in a year. I finally figured out what was causing it and got off of it. I totally agree with you!

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@bustrbrwn22

Seroquel blessed me with a 30 pound weight gain in a year. I finally figured out what was causing it and got off of it. I totally agree with you!

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Hi @bustrbrwn22, If you don't mind sharing, what were your physicians using the Seroquel for and did you taper off yourself or was it physician assisted?
I would be interested to know if they substituted anything in its place and how you have been feeling since you came off of it.

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@amandaburnett Seroquel was prescribed for major depressive disorder and out of this world anxiety/panic attacks. It didn’t help at all but after a year I realized I had gone from a size 0 to 8. I can’t remember clearly but I think we just substituted with Vraylar which was a whole other trip that I can share privately if your interested. Both of these meds were identified as scientifically effective for me through a saliva (I think could have been urine or blood) called Oneome or something like that. I didn’t have any side effects from dropping one and swapping with another. I hope I gave any tiny bit of help.

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@chrisjc

Hi all, it's been about two months since I posted and wanted to follow up and not leave anyone in the dark. I was able to get off the seroquel but the withdrawals were a living hell. It took about 2 months before the storm passed and another month until I was stable. I'm still having residual side effects but nothing major. The problem is that my anxiety disorder really kicked up since then. I've had to increase my paxil from 10mg to 25mg (in 5mg increments) and take klonopin 0.5mg at night and 0.25mg in the morning (I played with the numbers a few times and that was the best one), and I've recently added a low dose of wellbutrin to hopefully treat the paxil side effects. Seroquel was, by far, the worst drug I've ever had to come off of. Quitting smoking is like a walk in the park, even tapering off klonopin was a joke. Just stick with it and stay in touch with your psychiatrist, and from now on: Dont take an antipsychotic if you dont have schizophrenia/bi-polar disorder! Nothing off-label!

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Amen! Listen to chrisjc. He knows what he’s talking about here.

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In my mind Seroquel and Vraylar are just bad bad bad. Hope I don’t offend anyone. And these are newer drugs I think?

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Anyone else have no sleep from stopping seroquel

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@mayo337xxx

Anyone else have no sleep from stopping seroquel

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@mayo337xxx Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It must be a challenge to not be able to sleep after successfully tapering off Seroquel. Sleep is so important for healthy living. You'll notice that I've moved your question to an existing discussion. I did this so that you could connect with members like, @chrisjc @vickimurray @helenfrances and @mcshibe, who may have some thoughts on sleep after stopping Seroquel.

@mayo337xxx How long were you on Seroquel? What things have you done since weaning off Seroquel to help improve sleep?

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@erikas

@mayo337xxx Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. It must be a challenge to not be able to sleep after successfully tapering off Seroquel. Sleep is so important for healthy living. You'll notice that I've moved your question to an existing discussion. I did this so that you could connect with members like, @chrisjc @vickimurray @helenfrances and @mcshibe, who may have some thoughts on sleep after stopping Seroquel.

@mayo337xxx How long were you on Seroquel? What things have you done since weaning off Seroquel to help improve sleep?

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I’m still going thru withdrawal
Worst drug ever !!!
I did a taper for 2 weeks… useless
Then 9 days cold turkey ( no sleep for over 3 weeks ) last night I did 50 mg and went to sleep
Valium helps but is addictive: still no help for sleep

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Seroquel is the worst drug I’ve ever come off
Including OxyContin (pres) diazepam ( pres)
And cocaine
Been up at least 3 weeks … hoping to find out when is the end and what’s the best way off the drug

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@mayo337xxx
Whoa 2 whole weeks & cold turkey, what did you expect to happen?
How long have you been taking Seroquil and what was your dosage and what were your taper dosages? It’s very obvious that you tapered much much much too quickly I think you know that
Jake

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@mcshibe

Hi everybody. I'm glad I've found this thread on the internet, have been reading the first half of it so far, will continue to catch up another time. I figured I'd provide my own experience and feedback on the med.

I've been on seroquel for 3 and a half years by now, mostly because of restlessness (supposedly triggered and fueled by anxiety and stress).
My initial dose was 100mg, to take after dinner. The doctor also prescribed me duloxetine to take once waking up, in order for me to feel less of a zombie.
For more than a year now I've only been on seroquel 25mg, although I still resort to 50mg when I'm particularly anxious and can't fall asleep with 25mg.
I haven't really consulted my psych in the last 2 years, can't afford it, so I've been doing this all on my own.
Every once in a while I try to sleep without taking any seroquel and it never works, like last night. It's completely shattering for me.
I really want to get off of it completely as it makes me feel sluggish and unproductive and I don't even like my body as my weight is 10-14 kilos more than what it used to be.
I'm currently cutting 100mg pills into four to get a 25mg dose. I've read in this thread's earliest pages that 25mg pills are also commercialized and it looks like it in my country too, so I guess I should buy those and start cutting them into two pieces to lower the dosage further.

When I switch from 25mg to 50mg, I suffer constipation (and hemorrhoids too sometimes) the first days after that.
When trying to get back to 25mg, I may also be unable to put myself asleep at first attempt, but it's never particularly complicated. This is probably due to the fact that I've been avoiding taking 50mg unless I'm being under particularly high levels of stress.
Conversely, when I lower the dosage, I may get fewer hours of sleep the first nights, than the average 9-10 hours I get on a steady prolongued regime of 25mg.

I still think 9-10 hours is too much, especially considering that once awoken I feel sluggish, hence why I wanna further lower the dosage.
My libido is obviously below average but on 25mg I can still manage.

Also, I don't quite understand this but it seems that I feel very cold during my sleep when I'm on seroquel. I used to think it was just me becoming unusually sensitive to cold in these last years but it's most probably not the case as last night (while skipping on the med) I tried sleeping with the same pajamas and blankets as regularly and I was just melting, like normal people would (for example my brother who sleeps in the same room). But the thing is that it's not just my impression, as if I don't cover myself that much, I get headache, throatache and earrache the day after. I also usually know this in advance as I get nightmares when I'm feeling cold during my sleep. Unfortunately, I'm generally unable to wake up in the midst of the night due to the effect of the med, even if I'm having vivid nightmares.
I'd need to spend more nights off of the med to really conclude that it's the med's fault with certainty but I can't deprive myself of sleep that often.

I will be following the thread from now on and post updates whenever there will be any

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You’re not alone !!
Have u ever slept walked on seroquel ?
Every time I’ve tried to get off the crap and go below 200 mg I sleep walk. This time I’ve only done twice ( drank hydrogen peroxide one night and shampoo another )
I too seem to be on the cold side

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@mayo337xxx
The best way off your medication is to do it slowly, extremely slowly infinitesimally slowly if necessary.
The major factors how to taper off Seroquel are how high your dose was and how long you have been taking the medication.
Jake

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@mayo337xxx
Whoa 2 whole weeks & cold turkey, what did you expect to happen?
How long have you been taking Seroquil and what was your dosage and what were your taper dosages? It’s very obvious that you tapered much much much too quickly I think you know that
Jake

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I know but if you sleep walk while weaning and drink shampoo and hydrogen peroxide wile on these walls you’d try cold turkey too
Cold turkey doesn’t work ( duh ) 😂I know
I’m desperate to get this poison out of me
Thanks for sharing

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@mayo337xxx

I know but if you sleep walk while weaning and drink shampoo and hydrogen peroxide wile on these walls you’d try cold turkey too
Cold turkey doesn’t work ( duh ) 😂I know
I’m desperate to get this poison out of me
Thanks for sharing

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@mayo337xxx
Are you married live with someone or do you live alone?
Jake

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