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12 hours ago · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

I've recently learned that Seroquel causes insulin resistance. Actually all atypicals do that, which is why they increase the risk for diabetes. I've been following a ketogenic diet to reduce my weight without success because insulin resistance inhibits ketosis. So the reason I'm fat is probably because of Seroquel and I will probably stay fat as long as I am on the drug. I'm also at risk of diabetes.

There is an atypical called Latuda (lurasidone) that apparently has less of an effect on weight gain. It causes no insulin resistance although it does have a slight effect on glucose tolerance. In other words, it's less likely you will get diabetes on Latuda.

Has anyone here had experience with the drug?

Wed, May 1 6:38pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

Sorry to hear about your difficulties. Whatever the case, you have to treat your diabetes. If you need insulin, take it. Explore the low carb diet because it actually works to reverse diabetes if you cut your carbs enough. I know because I'm on it.

If you stop your meds, you may have a relapse of your disease, whatever it is. It sounds like you need a basis of support before you go any future. Don't withdraw on your own, it could be disastrous.

Hope you can find some face to face help in your community.

Tue, Apr 30 1:39pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

The only "holistic" way to help this is to take care of general health. Eat well. Get some exercise. Meditate a bit to reduce anxiety. Drink lots of water. The withdrawal symptoms are not due to the drug; they are due to the body having to do without the drug. In time, he will stabilize as he gets back to normal, but the reason he took Seroquel in the first place needs to be addressed. The illness could come back.

Tue, Apr 30 1:36pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

The only method I know of that works is to go back up a bit until the symptoms subside. Then GRADUALLY go down over a long period of time, maybe months or even years, depending on how long he's been on the drug. It is best to find a doctor who is expert at taking people off psych meds because most GPs don't know enough.

Tue, Apr 30 1:06pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

I think the big jumps down from higher doses are more problematic. 25 mg is pretty low for Seroquel, so going to 12.5 and then 0 in a few weeks seems reasonable. But some people still can't handle a quick jump down to zero. Personally, I think the Seroquel taper should be very slow, as it is for benzodiazepines, especially if you've taken it for a long time. The brain needs time to adjust back to its normal physiology.

Thu, Apr 11 12:32pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

Sir, you are providing more disinformation. Seroquel does help depression and anxiety, especially when given with an antidepressant. It is given in low doses to augment antidressants and it has an indication for that. It is commonly given in hospitals to reduce anxiety, usually in low doses. Also, there are clinical trials showing its efficacy for depression and anxiety, but the drug is used off-label for those conditions.

Your unprofessional opinions are just that, unprofessional, but also misinformed. The efficacy of the drug has nothing to do with the illegal activities of its manufacturer. Your mention of side effects is noted in the drug label, so it's well known and it's dependent on dose.

So rather than scaring people with overly negative reports of Seroquel, some of which are not based in fact, please stick to the facts or don't post.

And to the moderator, please screen messages so disinformation does not get through. This the a Mayo Clinic forum, not a Mad in America forum.

Thu, Apr 11 12:12pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

She is not reducing by 50%. She wants to drop 50 mg from from 250 mg to 200 mg. And stop calling this a vile drug. As I said, it means the difference between life and death or sanity and insanity for millioins. This is not an antipsychiatry forum; it is the Mayo Clinic. I hope the moderator restricts messages such as this.

Wed, Apr 10 12:55pm · Getting off of Seroquel in Depression & Anxiety

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