Off Seroquel For Almost Two Weeks....The Aftermath

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posted on Jun, 5 2013 @ 08:26 PM
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Originally posted by jaguarsky
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I was on Effexor for a long while but as with most meds had to keep increasing dosage to keep same effect. I finally decided that was probably not a good thing. So I began to wean myself off. Went slow and carefully and the day after I took my last pill was the start of a three day nightmare. I would suggest that if you ever decide to move away from it that you do so using blood titers as the guide. Not quick and the frequent trips to DR are a pain in the ass but personally I can't see any other way to safely do it. Of course, everyone is different, my mom in law went off it with no trouble at all.


I've heard it can be a rough one to give up if you've been on it for a good while. Cold Turkey could possibly be life threatening. For panic attacks and anxiety disorder, I've heard Effexor works miracles for some, especially when taken with moderate doses of a tricyclic like Remeron or Ludiomil twelve hours apart. (Tricyclic at bedtime)
Of course support & medical supervision are a given.

Hope it works out for you.




posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 09:07 PM
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smyleegrl,
Effexor is whole another animal. The friend I helped on this thread
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was on 225mg of effexor ( the doctor wanted to do higher). This stuff is impossible to come off. Effexor rages, electricity through the legs, suicidal thoughts. Most people who go off the stuff go to compound pharmacies to gradually come off it and fail. Don't even think of going off it without a doctor and solid research.
The one problem is Serotonin syndrome-
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How? You'll have to replace your source for serotonin. Your brain has gotten used to excess serotonin floating around. The problem was without knowing the right action of the drug (yes, we don't really understand how it exactly works) its impossible to supplement the brain with serotonin. You would risk serotonin syndrome. My friend says she still doesn't feel "right" some days even after a year+ off effexor with help from supplements. Effexor also makes you gain weight. I can go into more explanation on how exactly we did it.

As for sleeping at night melotonin can help. Other than that go work out after work, exhaust yourself. Eat lots of good food with little meat and lots of vegetables and lots of water. One other advice is when you first start feeling sleepy do not fight it, fighting it will not help insomnia.
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posted on Jun, 9 2013 @ 03:18 AM
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dear smiling girl.

i took seroquel for 1 month at 300mg for insomnia. it was lovely sleep. and I also appreciated the other effects it was having on my personality.

but after graduation I quit. I had read plenty of the ugly reports, but ultimately yours was the testimony that convinced me that I will be better off without it.

and I believe that I will, and you will too.



posted on Jun, 9 2013 @ 03:55 AM
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I am glad you got off the drug and that your feeling better...what does alarm me is why in the world did doc prescribe the Seroquel for sleep...Seroquel is usually prescribed for people that are bi-polar...seems odd...but I suppose in different doseages drugs can be used for other stuff as well...Cheers to you and your newfound health




posted on Jun, 11 2013 @ 05:55 PM
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Greetings, my friends!

Went to see my doc today. She asked how I was doing,, and I was honest. The insomnia is back....but I'd rather deal with insomnia than how I felt on Seroquel. I asked why she gave me such a powerful drug. Did she think I was bipolar? Her reply was a shrug and "Sometimes certain medicines work for some people."

I'm not an experiment, I said (in the nicest way possible). And that was that. She asked if I wanted to try something else for the insomnia. I told her no, that I was using meditation and trying to wear myself out physically during the day.

Down ten pounds, carb cravings are gone, I feel more alert and more aware all the time. I used to forget words a lot, right in the middle of a conversation....not good for a teacher. That's diminished, and I have high hopes it will go away altogether.

Thanks to everyone who's offered me well wishes, suggestions, and kind thoughts. You all are wonderful!

smylee
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posted on Jun, 11 2013 @ 05:59 PM
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Originally posted by tgidkp
dear smiling girl.

i took seroquel for 1 month at 300mg for insomnia. it was lovely sleep. and I also appreciated the other effects it was having on my personality.

but after graduation I quit. I had read plenty of the ugly reports, but ultimately yours was the testimony that convinced me that I will be better off without it.

and I believe that I will, and you will too.


Please don't stop without consulting your doctor. There's a dangerous risk associated with withdrawal, even reports of fatality. If you want to stop the med, the doctor can titrate you down slowly to give your body time to adjust.

Also, if the medicine is truly helping you, then perhaps you should consider taking it? The side effects, for me, far outweighed the benefit of sleep. At the least, talk to your doctor about different options available.

I'm not an anti-medicine individual. I believe some medicines are life saving and beneficial. Seroquel was not one of these medicines FOR ME, but it could be for someone else.

Let me know how you're doing, okay? Good luck, and best wishes!



posted on Aug, 26 2013 @ 10:18 PM
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I take Seroquel. I have been for the past 3 years. I can't sleep without it. I think it is just mental. I was always tired and therefore would get anxiety. Took ages to realise that the main cause of my anxiety was lack of sleep. I started on Zoloft and Zyprexa. Was like a miracle cure. But than I gained weight rapidly and had this increased appetite. So changed to Seroquel.

I swear by the stuff and never want to stop taking it. I stopped taking Zoloft as I could feel like a block almost that would limit me in all areas. Not just happiness or sadness. So stopped that and stuck with Seroquel.

Anyway so I was scoping the forums getting peoples takes on what I would class an epidemic of opiate prescriptions. Only to stumble upon this thread. Its crazy I had no idea. A lot of the things your complaining about the drug I am experiencing however did not attribute to this drug. As far I was aware until 30secs ago it was only mentally addictive. Give me something to think about.

On one of the less serious side effects the craving of sweets. I never used to have desert. No chocolates nothing. I always made it clear to gf's. Cheesecake on my birthday is plenty enough. But the past 2 years I have gone nuts on bakery goods. Chocolates deserts etc. I have not gained weight. But that combined with apparently the dental decay caused by the way you breath at night from the medication... something to consider.

As for the blind following of doctors. I have been to hell and back plenty of times due to doctors negligence. I am trying to find a reason other than money, why they are seemingly trying to get people addicted to medications. On my facebook feed each day with only 350 friends. I daily see someone mention being prescribed endone or oxycontin and how good they feel.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 08:45 AM
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A brief update.

It's now almost September. Since stopping the Seroquel, I've lost 60 pounds. The carb and sweet craving is completely gone. The insomnia is back, but there are multiple reasons possible for that.

Things are not the best in my world right now.

Just lost my place in a much-loved online community and it sucks. School is horrible, every morning when I have to go I now get the worst hives imaginable. The anxiety level is through the roof. I'm not coping very well at all, but this is not the fault of the meds but mine. I just need to work on my coping skills.

Losing the weight has felt wonderful.
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posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 08:59 AM
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I wish there was an easy answer for your anxiety. I know saying you have to just let go, let go of those thoughts sounds cliche, but its the truth, the anxiety is all in your head and you do have control of it to an extent just need to practice on that.

Why would you feel you lost a spot, why would you even feel as if someone else could dictate to you that online, middle fingers up smylee.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 09:13 AM
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Lysergic.....you're awesome.

I can't and won't go into the details, I made a promise to folks and I intend to keep it. Suffice it to say that I lost something very special to me today.

The anxiety...it's not just in my head. You can't think your way out of panic attacks or a mental breakdown. But you're right in that perception and attitude plays a huge role.

Thank you for the kind words. They mean more today than you will ever know.



posted on Sep, 1 2013 @ 09:26 AM
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Well I know it affects your body, not just in your mind, but what I was getting at, that's where it originates.

Takes time and practice, just have to have a lil faith in yourself too. Everyone has those wild passing thoughts, keyword being passing, just can't focus on little things, and let it spiral out of control.

Anxiety is the worst, keeps you from enjoying life.

and don't worry about dweebs on the intarweb, I don't.
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posted on Sep, 12 2013 @ 04:22 PM
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Every day we are given choices...some are "good"...some are "bad". But we always have a choice. The repercussions of those choices and their outcomes will always fall in between. Truly Life is what we make of it. Checking in with best wishes. Don't let the Bastards drag you down.





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