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Quetiapine Withdrawal

Medical professionals generally are unable to navigate an antipsychotic withdrawal in an outpatient setting and also tend to lack the expertise

Antipsychotics given during a crisis often end up being a lifetime of being medicated and all of the side effects that go with it. In over 75% of the cases, we have found that people can navigate their lives after having withdrawn from the drugs

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About Quetiapine Withdrawal Symptoms

Many people run into troubling quetiapine withdrawal symptoms when discontinuing this drug. At Alternative to Meds Center, ways of quetiapine withdrawal help have been found which greatly simplify this experience and alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. Nausea, extreme insomnia, and symptoms of manic depression or schizophrenia are some of the effects commonly experienced at quetiapine withdrawal symptoms. Quetiapine is more commonly known to the public by its brand name, Seroquel. Seroquel, an atypical antipsychotic, is prescribed for bipolar disorder, insomnia, mania, depression, manic depression, and schizophrenia. Any and all mental illnesses can be addressed without prescription medications like Seroquel. Withdrawing from this medication can be a great choice to make as long as the process is handled in a professional setting with quetiapine withdrawal treatment.

Quetiapine withdrawal symptomsOne of the problems associated with quetiapine withdrawal syndrome is the chance of reappearing signs of the illness which this medication was supposed to treat. Individuals who take this drug for schizophrenia might encounter a relapse of schizophrenic symptoms while experiencing quetiapine withdrawal effects. These symptoms are sometimes much worse than they were before the person started taking this antipsychotic. For those who have been taking this drug for manic depression or depression, the withdrawal may intensify depression to a worsened level. Individuals can become suicidal, encounter feelings of extreme paranoia or worry; have panic attacks, exhibit aggressive behavior and act without thinking, as well as many other adverse effects. Therefore, it is crucially important to have quetiapine withdrawal treatment in a medically supervised setting.

Factors That Can Affect Length of Withdrawal Process

A vast amount of possible symptoms are associated with antipsychotic withdrawal. Every person experiences a different group of symptoms depending on many variables such as their body chemistry, the length of time on quetiapine, whether or not quetiapine abuse is present, or if they have developed a quetiapine addiction. Out of all the potential withdrawal side effects of discontinuing this drug, insomnia is one of the trademark symptoms, some individuals have reported months or sometimes years after ending this medication, they still experience insomnia or other sleep disturbances. With professional quetiapine withdrawal help, the chance of residual symptoms lasting for long time periods is substantially reduced.

Multiple Symptoms During the Course of Withdrawal from Quetiapine

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Some of the many quetiapine withdrawal syndrome symptoms include: irritability, severe restlessness, insomnia, agitation, restless leg syndrome, nausea, manic depression, manic excitement, vomiting, hearing voices, hallucinations, delusions, shakes, vision problems, rapid heart rate, dizziness, weakness, indigestion, constipation, gas, stomach swelling or pain, excessive weight gain, pain in the joints, increased appetite, headaches, dry mouth, unusual or strange dreams, stuffy nose, loss of coordination, decreased sexual desire, difficulty speaking, difficulty concentrating, difficulty thinking, irregular menstrual cycles, tingling arms or legs, enlargement of breasts in males, and discharge from breasts.1

Making Quetiapine Cessation More Comfortable is Key

quetiapine side effectsSince insomnia can be one of the most troubling quetiapine side effects of withdrawal, there are several things a person can practice to relax their head at night. It appears as though the fear of insomnia leads to more insomnia. Certain body and brain exercises can get the person’s mind off their fear of insomnia, as well as all the other changes that their body is experiencing from withdrawal. Having a thorough and structured withdrawal plan will lessen substantially the painful symptoms. Seeking advice from a reputable medication rehab such as Alternative to Meds Center will make the procedure of Quetiapine tapering much more like an adventure leading to being “mental illness” free and living a drug-free lifestyle. Outpatient and inpatient treatment programs are both offered and well equipped to address each person’s individual needs in order to be comfortable.

Drinking enough water each day, regular exercising, doing yoga and stretching, sweating out toxins out in the sauna, avoiding chocolate, caffeine, and other stimulants, going into a healthy nutritional rhythm, staying away from people who make the person upset, and limiting activities that are stimulating (bright lights, computers, televisions) before bedtime especially.

Find Out More about the Alternative to Meds Quetiapine Withdrawal Protocols

Getting to the bottom of why the person was on antipsychotic medication initially can be alleviated through cognitive behavioral counseling. All of these activities benefit the mind, heart, body, and soul, and decrease pain through building strength, energy, calmness, stamina, and balance. The most important part of this process is quetiapine withdrawal help. You are invited to call and speak with us and find out more about the thorough program for quetiapine withdrawal help which is available.

  1. NIMH article from Nov 2015 entitled, “Severe Quetiapine Withdrawal Syndrome with Nausea and Vomiting in a 65 Year Old Patient” by H J Koch, October 22, 2019


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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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