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Seroquel Alternatives

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Last Updated on December 8, 2020 by Lyle Murphy

It is almost unheard of for a prescribing physician or psychiatrist to have much insight regarding Seroquel alternatives.

Even if a powerful neuroleptic such as Seroquel was chosen at a time of demonstrable crisis, that does not have to warrant a lifetime of being medicated. Yet people often find themselves trapped on antipsychotics having so many side effects that they have a whole new set of problems.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Seroquel alternatives and cessation for more than a decade and a half. We have published evidence regarding our success. We have found that diet, drug use, genetic vulnerabilities, life crisis, and often medical issues were at the root of the problems that got completely overlooked in the name of drugging away the symptoms. We’re aware at Alternative to Meds Center of the drug-free options that may provide another solution other than taking Seroquel for a lifetime and suffering from this medication’s crushing side effects.

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Seroquel Alternatives vs Antipsychotic Medication Side Effects

If you have suffered debilitating Seroquel (aka quetiapine) side effects, or if this medication is not providing satisfactory results, we are here to tell you that Seroquel alternatives help is available. There are many safe and well-lit avenues of holistic treatments, including various types of counseling, psychotherapy, and natural treatments that don’t cast the dark shadow of side effects. While counseling by itself, or regular acupuncture sessions1 alone cannot instantly replace the medication, such therapies add vital components to a comprehensive, carefully designed antipsychotic alternative treatment plan.

Do not despair if “alternative drugs” are the only other option you have been offered. Antipsychotic medications — and there are many of them — are likely to present the same or very similar adverse reactions. Seroquel belongs to the class of drugs called atypical (second-generation) antipsychotics. The FDA licensed this type of drug to “treat” schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Alternatives to drug-based treatment have been found to be highly effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms, without inflicting the debilitating effects that long-term prescription drug treatments are known for.

Particularly disturbing are the findings of loss of gray matter, worsening with the length of treatment with antipsychotic medications, in persons with schizophrenia. Such side effects can be avoided with alternatives to Seroquel.2

Substituting One Drug for Another

You may have tried other prescription drugs offered as alternatives to Seroquel. It is a common practice to substitute or switch atypical antipsychotics, typical (first-generation) antipsychotics, and mood stabilizer drugs for one another. Conventional medicine doctors are likely to recommend substituting other drugs when symptoms are not being adequately controlled by Seroquel. This is the way conventional medicine often works, through an exhaustive process of trial-and-error trying a series of different drugs.

We believe that there is a better way to tackle mental health conditions like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. When antipsychotic medication is not working, it may be time to consider natural Seroquel alternatives. Natural therapies are always aimed at putting you one step closer to reaching your desired state of mental health.

Why Don’t Prescription Drugs Work?

natural methodsEven the drug companies admit that drugs stop working due to building tolerance to them over time.3

Some medical experts call their patients “treatment-resistant,” a term the psychiatrists and drug-makers have cleverly borrowed from the biologists that originally meant the immunity that pathological bacteria develop to antibiotics. Maybe you were told (with a straight face) you have “treatment-resistant schizophrenia,” or “treatment-resistant depression”?

Do not worry. All it means is that the drugs didn’t work, and somehow it was your fault. It was not.

The bottom line is that prescription drugs are not designed to address or resolve what the underlying problems are. So while you may feel a little relief while you are on the drug, the underlying condition continues and often worsens. The most successful antipsychotic alternatives to Seroquel need to include finding the underlying reasons for the original symptoms. We need to assess vital things like nutritional deficiencies, sleep deprivation,4 accumulations of environmental neurotoxins, a poor diet, an unhealthy lifestyle, genetic factors that can act as barriers to wellness, or an unsupportive or stressful surrounding. Then we can work to change the circumstances of those underlying reasons. Getting off an antipsychotic drug must be done extremely carefully as part of a transition over to holistic treatments. We recommend you learn more about Seroquel withdrawal. Getting to the bottom of the cause(s) of symptoms, rather than focusing solely on numbing the symptoms with prescription drugs, can create happiness and success that is long-lasting and best of all, less reliant on prescription drugs.

Examples of Holistic Alternatives to Seroquel

Natural alternatives to Seroquel include:

  • Keto-based diet.
  • Feel-good, calming therapies such as massage, yoga, learned relaxation techniques.
  • Counseling of a mild nature, such as CBT or DBT.
  • Exercise, fresh air, exposure to sunlight.
  • Lifestyle changes to eliminate stressful triggers where possible, developing strategies to reduce unavoidable stressors.
  • Avoiding stimulants like caffeine, food additives, stimulant drugs.
  • Addressing factors leading to sleep-deprivation, especially important where insomnia has become chronic.*

*According to research, studies show a connection between severe sleep deprivation and psychiatric symptoms such as auditory or visual hallucinations or delusions.

Alternatives to Seroquel at Alternative to Meds Center

ATMC in patient facility We have helped many of our clients who had an initial psychotic or bipolar episode to gradually reduce or eliminate their antipsychotic medications successfully. We use a thorough, gentle, and comprehensive approach that allows enough time to adjust, and heal. Experts agree that when it comes to stopping antipsychotics, slow proves the best way forward.5

Natural mental health is not a quick fix. We have been down that road and found it doesn’t provide long-term stable relief of symptoms. Rather, we take the time to investigate the root causes and then address what is found. If we can get a reduction in symptoms, this is a good point to launch a gentle taper while at the same time providing support in holistic ways and alternatives to Seroquel that continue to capitalize on these gains.

Please contact us for more information, as there is a lot to discover about the protocols we use, length of program, costs, insurance coverage, and of course the successes of our clients. Our staff roster includes not only holistic psychiatrists and medical doctors but also caregivers and therapists, some of whom have suffered similarly in the past. Through overcoming these challenges they have developed a passion to help others who not only need expertise but compassion on the journey back to natural mental health. We look forward to talking with you about our Seroquel alternatives programs delivered inpatient-style in our beautiful, tranquil, well-staffed facility.

1. Sun H et al., “Effects of Electroacupuncture on Depression and the Production of Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Compared with Fluoxetine – A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study.” Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [Internet] 2013 Sep PMID 23647408 [cited 2020 Nov 20]

2. Vita A et al, “The Effect of Antipsychotic Treatment on Cortical Gray Matter Changes in Schizophrenia.” Biological Psychiatry Journal of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Therapeutics Archival Report 2015 September [Internet] from Volume 78 Issue 6, P403-412 [cited 2020 Nov 20]

3. Lynch S, “Tolerance and Resistance to Drugs.” from Merck’s consumer manual, Reviewed 2019 August [cited 2020 Nov 20]

4. Waters F et al., “Severe Sleep Deprivation Causes Hallucinations and a Gradual Progression Toward Psychosis With Increasing Time Awake.” Frontiers in Psychiatry PMID30042701 [Internet[ 2018 Jul10 [cited 2020 Nov 20]

5. Horowitz M, Murray R, Taylor D, “Tapering Antipsychotic Treatment.” JAMA Psychiatry 2020 Aug 5 [Internet] [cited 2020 Nov 20]

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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