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Seroquel "hangover" weaning off
My dr has been intent on getting me off of Seroquel. I was taking 200 mg and now I'm down to 25. I'm cutting the pills up about as small as I can. For those of you who've weaned off it, what was your last dose?
I take my meds at around 9pm. At 6 pm the next day, I start feeling dizzy and hung over. I know Seroquel has a half life of roughly 6 hrs, so that must be the point that it's nearly out of my system.
The dr has mostly left me to my own devices after giving me a rough guideline as to how to wean off. I've weaned off meds before. But for those of you who have gotten off it, do you think I'm better off just jumping off here? I don't know which would be worse... the "wear off" effect around noon every day, or going off it entirely.
Lithium carbonate withdrawal Seroquel
Okay this is my first forum posts. So please bear with me.
For or the last several years I have been on lithium 900mg and 1100mg broken in three doses.
I recently lost my insurance which covered the cost to be on there.
I've been withdrawaling for the last week and 2 day. (9 days total). I get the worst cold chills and feel super depressed and hopping not to spiral out of control when the maniac kicks in.
So my question is as follows...
Has as anyone else deal with this and how long did it last??
The longer I'm on medication, the less it seems to work
When i was first diagnosed 2007, the meds turned my life around with a week. Mostly because the Lunesta gave me a full night's rest for the first time in years and i finally gained some sanity. (Now I'm on Ambien, not Lunesta)
Now, my GP is telling me that even though i'm depressed most of the time, the meds are at full capacity. This is as good as it gets. He wants me to get into cognitive therapy, but i"ve gone that route with limited success. He increased my Seroquel but that triggered so much dizziness that i ended up in the ER. Back down to 400mg Seroquel.
I had a major set-back in early 2013. Went catatonic and was hospitalized for 3 weeks. No hospitalizations since that time, but I'm always worried that i could end up in the hospital again. I have never gone off meds even when i felt better. I have accepted that I have this disorder and will be on medication for life.
So what does one do when you felt like normal, functional person but slowly digressed into a dark place? I am so tired of battling this. I have days where the depression is lifted, but it always returns. And I'm so tired of not knowing from one day to the next how I will be. My life is really crappy right now.
Lamictal causing decrease in Seroquel level
Hi all -
I'll try to explain myself as clearly as I can. I was previously on a cocktail of 500 mg Depakote, 100 mg Lamictal, and 300 mg Seroquel XR. I recently ditched the Depakote (which was effectively raising my Lamictal level to 200 mg), and thus increased the Lamictal from 100 to 200 mg to compensate.
Now that Depakote is gone, and Lamictal is at 200 mg, I'm noticing that I'm much more fatigued, sleeping much later than I'd like to (slept until noon today), even though I take Seroquel around 7:00/8:00 pm.
The question: I have read articles about Depakote increasing the Level of Seroquel, and Lamictal decreasing the level of Seroquel. Would it be reasonable to assume that while I was on both, Seroquel levels remained stable (they cancelled each other's net effect on Seroquel), but now that Depakote is gone, Lamictal is causing the aforementioned decreased concentration of Seroquel in my body? I ask because lower Seroquel doses (for me, in my experiences) caused much more fatigue than higher doses. In the past, when I reached 300 mg during my titration for bipolar depression, I remember feeling the fatigue lift and my sleep improve without the morning hangover, whereas lower doses caused me a ton of residual sedation in the AM that ended up causing me to sleep until, 11, 12, even 1 o'clock in the afternoon. But now, since this change, I'm suddenly experiencing this all over again, despite no change in my Seroquel dose.
Any insight or shared experiences would be appreciated! Thanks much.