Seroquel and binge eating disorder

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answers4me2
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   Posted 1/10/2016 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been on seroquel for years for bipolar ll. I have several health issues. I continue to gain weight and I think it's from the seroquel. I have tried numerous times to get off the seroquel to no avail.

After I take the seroquel at night, I have a huge appetite. It is binge eating. Not sure if it's the seroquel or if this is indeed binge eating disorder. I have ALWAYS had a problem eating at night, ever since I can remember and the was before seroquel.

My doctor put me on wellbutrin and naltrexone and said this will help with the compulsion to eat at night.

Has anyone ever gotten off seroquel? If I don't take it, I won't sleep. I mean, a severe insomnia like I've never experienced. Even ambien does nothing in regards to sleep if I don't take seroquel.

I'm at a critical time whether I need to lose weight.. 20lbs at least due to a nasty parastomal hernia that has reoccurred for the 4th time.

Has anyone ever lost weight on seroquel?

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   Posted 1/11/2016 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi answers4me2,

I've never used Seroquel so I cannot share any experience with this meds.

Is the wellbutrin and naltrexone helping you? With regard to coming off Seroquel, try weaning off gradually. Ask your doctor about it. Lower the dosage slowly. This might help you come off eventually.

You can also try diet and exercise if possible while using the Seroquel. This can help keep off any excess weight. When you feel hungry at night, try eating a healthy snack. Maybe some carrot sticks, or granola or something healthy that you like.

Be sure to let your doctor know your concerns.

UA
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answers4me2
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   Posted 1/11/2016 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I just started the wellbutrin and naltrexone, so I'll keep you updated. It has decreased my appetite so far.

I also have an ileostomy and gastroparesis and had issues with many foods, fresh fruits and vegetables to name a few. So, I basically eat white food, so lots of carbs and starches.
End ileostomy due to colonic inertia and pelvic floor dysfunction.

memphisd
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   Posted 1/11/2016 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! answers4me2

I've been on seroquel 300 mg for two years and I like the effect it has on enabling me to fall asleep but I have gained
a stone in the last year and although I stopped smoking cigs I think seroquel does promote weight gain. I should add that
I also binge eat but am beating that slowly - I make myself eat three meals per day plus a snack afternoon and evening and I
also exercise. I have cut the serequel down by a small amount over the last year so the reduction doesn't give me
withdrawls and I still sleep fine.
I have researched on line and the consensus seems to be it's the long haul to cut down serequel over the course of a few
years - not months.......Hope this helps and just wondering did you have problems around food before you started taking
seroquel?

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   Posted 1/12/2016 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks answers4me2. I hope they would would for you.

Keep us updated.

Take Care,
UA
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answers4me2
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   Posted 1/12/2016 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I also quit smoking 5&1/2 years ago. So, that has contributed to my weight gain.

Getting off seroquel is a nightmare. I'm totally addicted to it. But, it helps me sleep, so that's a plus.

I started taking the naltrexone a couple of months ago, but LDN, low dose naltrexone. Wow, wow, wow is all I can say. It is like I'm happier, have more energy, and no depression. I can't believe what a difference it has made in my life.

I'm very worried that taking the higher dose might not have the same effect. Idk. I'm desperate to lose weight though, hence taking the wellbutrin and naltrexone in a higher dose.

Anyone ever tried LDN?
End ileostomy due to colonic inertia and pelvic floor dysfunction.

lis1208
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   Posted 1/12/2016 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Seroquel XR 400mg. It does make you gain weight. I've gain 25+ lbs. I don't exercise so that doesn't count either. I did smoke a few, but once I started that I couldn't have one at all. I think it makes you not want it, which is great! I do feel like I want to eat, but I think it's like being stoned. You feel really sleepy and when you feel like that I want to eat. I usually just make myself go to bed. It helps doing that. Though I do have my moments when I do want to eat. I've been on it for a year and I wouldn't want to be on anything else because it's the one thing that has made me feel myself. So I choose mental health and happiness vs. being thinner. Hope this helps.

Lis1208
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   Posted 1/19/2016 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
answers4me2, great that you quite smoking!!! yeah

I hope you will find something to help with the weight gain.

UA
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