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I want to be weened off Seroquel after being on 100mg for 4 years.

The weight gain is horrible and does nothing for my self esteem. Plus, I feel foggy in the mornings, almost like a mild hangover.

I am interested to see how the Seroquel withdrawal goes for you, because I am afraid that I may be addicted to it.

Good luck and best wishes.
Hey Furious George

I actually switched to Seroquel XR towards the end (was able to get free samples), which does not have the same "sledgehammer" effect as regular Seroquel at least for me.

I went from 300 mg for several years to 200 mg for a few months to 100 mg for 2 weeks to 50 mg for 3 weeks to now 0. I did this after many discussions with my doctor and making a lot of lifestyle changes.


Last night was my first night off of it and i definitely didn't get my usual sleep - up for about 2 hrs in the middle of the night - luckily I am not working right now (one of those lifestyle changes) so i wasn't freaking out about it - I know i'll sleep eventually.

Make sure you talk to your dr and make a plan...I'm hoping I don't have too many symptoms! I'll let you know - feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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Sorry to be nosy, but how is the withdrawal going for you? Good I hope.
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Default Re: Coming off of Seroquel and losing weight

Not nosy at all - so far so good - not sleeping great but that was to be expected. the first few days i had some stomach issues, but it's been about 10 days now and physically, other than the not sleeping, i think i'm doing ok. mentally, I feel more alert...I'm DYING for the weight loss to start, but I know that will take a few more weeks but i'll be kicking up the exercise now too.

feel free to PM me with any question if you want too.

i really appreciate you asking
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3 weeks off of Seroquel
Lost 2 more pounds.

Definitely feel less hungry all around and don't have that starving feeling at night that I used to get.

Sleeping about 4-4.5 hours per night in a row, then I wake up and usually doze back off for a little. i think I've developed a tolerance to Ambien and I'm going to bring it up in T today and see if she will mention it to the dr who I'm not seeing for 2 weeks.

Mentally I feel ok - having some issues at home but I feel like I'm handling them well considering I just dropped a major medication - will also speak to T about that this afternoon.
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3 weeks off of Seroquel
Lost 2 more pounds.

Definitely feel less hungry all around and don't have that starving feeling at night that I used to get.

Sleeping about 4-4.5 hours per night in a row, then I wake up and usually doze back off for a little. i think I've developed a tolerance to Ambien and I'm going to bring it up in T today and see if she will mention it to the dr who I'm not seeing for 2 weeks.

Mentally I feel ok - having some issues at home but I feel like I'm handling them well considering I just dropped a major medication - will also speak to T about that this afternoon.
Good job jadedmoonbeam!
How encouraging your posts are. I know how hard it is to loose the weight-especially when you are doing everything "right"
Good work on weaning off your meds and doing well without them! You go girl!!! I really appreciate the updates too-that's where the hope comes in-you can see your progress and it's wonderful!
Good luck in the future to you!
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Good job jadedmoonbeam!
How encouraging your posts are. I know how hard it is to loose the weight-especially when you are doing everything "right"
Good work on weaning off your meds and doing well without them! You go girl!!! I really appreciate the updates too-that's where the hope comes in-you can see your progress and it's wonderful!
Good luck in the future to you!
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This site has given me so much more support to do this - - posts like yours really make me feel encouraged!

I was able to see my pdoc today - she's in the same group with my T - She said everyone who stops Seroquel has trouble sleeping and she doesn't want me to go without sleep - she gave me a prescription for Lunesta to try instead of Ambien. I'll let you know how that works in the morning!
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Thank you for responding.
The seroquel made me so hungry when I first went on it and took 300mg- like RAVENOUSLY hungry! .
I am on abilify, celexa, klonopin plus vitamins and I feel ravenously hungry, and even if I eat a ton of food I still feel extremely hungry and like my stomach is empty and growling. My pdoc won't take me off anything so you are lucky. I have gained 45 pounds since november.
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I am on abilify, celexa, klonopin plus vitamins and I feel ravenously hungry, and even if I eat a ton of food I still feel extremely hungry and like my stomach is empty and growling. My pdoc won't take me off anything so you are lucky. I have gained 45 pounds since november.
I'm sorry you're going through it. When I started working out regularly and eating very healthy i was able to maintain my weight. I don't know a lot about Abilify and Celexa - they might slow down your metabolism or thyroid - maybe you can have your thyroid checked?
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One of the major side effects of seroquel is weight gain. I have been on it for over ten years and continue to struggle with that as well. I have bipolar disorder. Although, I am also on lithium which can make you gain weight too. I have, "fallen off the ban wagon" lately but for several years I ate extreamily healthy and jogged. Still couldn't lower the scale. However, it keeps me alive. If the dose is lowered, I struggle with both anxiety and depression. At times when I have been at the end of my rope, the doctor upped the dosage and it made me feel better. Can't live with it, can't live without it I guess.
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Default Re: Coming off of Seroquel and losing weight - UPDATE - 2 months later

So it's been 2 months since I stopped taking Seroquel.

I am happy to report that I can finally sleep about 6 hours a night which is a huge improvement from the 2-3 hours of restless sleep that immediately followed. I'd been trying all different sleeping remedies - i'd originally been on Ambien CR, switched to Lunesta with Ativan, then Sonata, added some Benadryl, took some extra Xanax, and am now back to taking Ambien CR.

My appetite and control of my appetite is finally back in check. That ravenous feeling is pretty much gone and the scale is moving a little bit.

My mood...well...i have a LOT of stuff going on at home, but I am not falling into deep depression or getting super manic...i am seeing my pdoc very regularly and trying to avoid going on any other meds at this point.
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