Glad to find this forum...
I have been on Seroquel for three years. I take 300mg every night. I have always been an exercise fiend, about 1 hour a day, with a high level of intensity. Put it this way, I can do about 20 pullups. I hate to seem like I'm bragging, I just want to convey that I am one of those people who really kills themselves with exercise. I think my regime is a critical part of my situation.
I don't weigh myself, but my guess is that Seroquel made me put on about 20-25 pounds. I know the slacks I wear to work are quite a bit tighter than before Seroquel. I can also see the difference when I look at pictures of myself from before, and compare them with pictures now.
With me, the Seroquel makes me binge at night like you would not believe. If there is ice cream, or chips, I'll polish off a pint like no one's business. It is not even a hunger feeling, it is just this strange compulsion to eat. I wish I could describe it better, but I'm sure some of you know what I'm talking about. I was never this way before, so the Seroquel has definitely had an effect.
I have been able to lose some of the Seroquel weight, I know because my pants fit a bit more loosely, although I am not back to my pre-seroquel waist size. My girlfriend sees a minor difference too. My guess, is that I have lost about 30% of the Seroquel weight. Like I said, the pants fit better again, but I am not down to the pre-seroquel weight.
I did it with discipline. I already work out about as hard as I possibly can, so I couldn't do anything there. What I did, was stop keeping anything other than fruit in the house at night. Like I said before, my problem was at night, so I just have to accept that I can't have ice cream/chips in the house. Sometimes, I will get desert, but I buy portions that I know I will eat in one night, and accept that. I have simply realized that I can't fight this: I have to keep only fruits/veggies in the house at night, there just seems to be no other option.
What scares me, is what would have happened if I didn't exercise with such intensity, I might have put on 50, even 75 pounds. The exercise keeps things in check, but I am desperate to get back to my pre-seroquel weight. I know my problem might seem trivial, but it is meaningful to me. I also wish that I could find a way to control the eating, so that I could keep ice cream in the freezer again. Solving one of these problems will solve the other.
If I can lose more weight, I will let everyone know how I was able to do it. I wish all here the best of luck.
I should add that I don't feel drousy when I exercise, but I do it after work. I don't know if I could exercise in the mornings.
I have thought of one possible solution: I am an ADD case, and take ritalin. I have thought of taking a ritalin in the evening, when I take my seroquel. The concern, is that it would affect my sleep, but the seroquel knocks me for such a loop that I doubt that would be too much of a problem. I am desperate for a way to solve this problem, I just don't know what else to do. When I don't take seroquel, if I have to wake up at 4 am for a road trip, I don't have the food issues. It would be really nice to get back to the way I was.
I have thought about
reducing my dose, but I am concerned about
entering a bipolar cycle. My bipolar disorder reared it's ugly head when I started rolfing therapy years ago. I went through a rough 5 years, with the cycles being 4-6 months on, and a year of down time. It has been stable for about
8 years, and was before Seroquel, I just feel that I need something in case the cycles come back, and my Dr. agrees. In examining myself I have seen the bipolar patterns in my life even with the cycles controlled, and I need to keep this illness in check. I have thought about
going down to 150mg, I just don't want to enter a new cycle. I fear creeping into a manic phase and being unaware until it is advanced.
Once again, good luck to all. I look forward to hearing about
successful techniques. Sorry for the long post.
Post Edited (em4161) : 7/24/2012 4:02:36 PM (GMT-6)