withdrawel symptoms from seroquel

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jenbug
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   Posted 3/1/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Please Help!!!
 
I have been on Seroquel for 5 years now and I am taking 600mg xr. I am also on xanax and trazadone to help me sleep and help with the anxiety. I have gained nearly 50 pounds in the 5 years I've been on it and recently decided to try to wean myself off of it to see how I do. My doctor told me to drop 50mg a week but within the first week dropping to 550mg my anxiety went way up. My doctor refuses to up my xanax or offer another anti-anxiety solution and so I feel stuck. Without it I'm an insomniac. I'm taking it for bi-polar but previous to being put on it I lived 15 years without medication. I was on Seroquel and Lithium but have managed to get off of the Lithium.
 
 
Can someone please tell me what I can do about the anxiety while I try to lower my dose!!

sukay
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   Posted 3/2/2010 1:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi jenbug,

Well maybe you can try to work on deep breathing, meditation, closing your eyes and listening to some meditation music or going for a long walk.

There are things we can learn to do for ourselves to help with our anxiety.  Maybe others can post some of the things that work for them.

I color in coloring books. I know that sounds silly, but it always works for me.  Or watching a relaxing old movie. Believe it or not, when my anxiety kicks into high gear I watch a preschool program on cable called, "Little Bear"...it is so soothing.

Best wishes! 

Oh, there are times when only a xanax will do, but I always try these before I resort to taking a my medication.

Or, maybe you should also just not ween yourself so quickly as your doctor wants you to.  Increase the dosage a little higher of what he is telling you to decrease it by.  This may help too.

Best wishes.


serafena
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   Posted 3/2/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Sukay has great advice, Jenbug.

Welcome to HealingWell. I really recommend you replace seroquel with another mood stabilizer though of course only your doctor and you would know what's best. If your moods are that acute, you probably need some medicinal support.

Good luck!
serafena
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jenbug
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   Posted 3/2/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am doing good on Seroquel but I haven't been drug free for five years and would like to see how I feel. I know the warning signs to get back on my meds now so I kind of just wanted to take a chance. I am adopted but my biological mother suffered with bipolar and anxiety and her anxiety got worse as she got older. I can't decrease the dose slower because the medication only comes in 25mg tablets. That is the lowest dose. I have a stressful job and a stressful personal life. But I would feel empowered to be free of all of these chemicals. I'm just really lost on how to do it safely and without sooooo much anxiety.

serafena
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   Posted 3/3/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi jen,

if you got 25 mg tabs and cut one in half, you could go from 50 mgs to 37.5 mgs, then to 25, etc...

I've done that before.

serafena
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