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I have been struggling for the last month or so with the meds. I am off Cymbalta completely ( was on it for 2 years ) on Friday or Saturday I started taking 300mg XR of Seroquel from 200mg XR... the first 3 nights had akathesia .

Now I am having anxiety attacks, feeling like an elephant is on my chest, I am dizzy and off balance and get this woosh of anxiety almost like I am going to black out and I literally scream and grab on to something. I can't really describe it, it's if you were to feel like when your stomach is hollow.. that's how my heart/chest feels. It's scary as fuck. I am losing my shit. I cry and close my eyes until it fades or at least where it's not as intense. I have this look of fear and everyone asks why I look scared? What the fuck? 

I am losing confidence in myself again, I am taking 5 steps backwards instead of forward. I am very depressed about it. And this time of the year makes me depressed.. for some reason I really miss my dog right now. I think because this time last year.. She got sick and I was taking care of her everyday and was with her 24/7 .. even the smell of outside right now reminds me of her. I still have her bed under the Piano; it is sad walking by it and seeing it empty, but I am not getting rid of it. 

Anyway.. Does Seroquel make you anxious and make you feel like you are falling off a cliff? Is that a thing? Am I having a bad reaction even tho I have been on it for way over a year. Isn't this shit suppose to relax you? :( <_<

 

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I took Seroquel for a few weeks, and it made me more depressed than usual.  My typical symptoms of depression worsened to the point that I cried just about every day.  You could be going through a similar sort of situation.  Serotonin syndrome is also a possible risk with Seroquel.  What you're experiencing sounds a little bit to me like SS.  (but I'm just a student, not a licensed professional, so I may be wrong) I would definitely talk to your psychiatrist about this.

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After I take Seroquel I get the elephant on chest thing and also sometimes have anxiety, but it usually goes away while I'm sleeping and doesn't re-appear until I take my next dose. Are these feelings a constant for you or, like me, they only appear transiently after taking it?

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4 hours ago, hannahthered said:

I took Seroquel for a few weeks, and it made me more depressed than usual.  My typical symptoms of depression worsened to the point that I cried just about every day.  You could be going through a similar sort of situation.  Serotonin syndrome is also a possible risk with Seroquel.  What you're experiencing sounds a little bit to me like SS.  (but I'm just a student, not a licensed professional, so I may be wrong) I would definitely talk to your psychiatrist about this.

Yes as far the depression I am pretty much crying everyday but I am holding out going on another medication right now and seeing if it will slowly work it's way out, the main reason she increased it because of the agitation and rage, which now has gone down, now I am comfortably numb and sad. 

4 hours ago, Iceberg said:

Maybe it's just not the right med...or you need a dose change 

It's possible, I am giving it a few weeks, she just changed the dose. 

2 hours ago, Swamp56 said:

After I take Seroquel I get the elephant on chest thing and also sometimes have anxiety, but it usually goes away while I'm sleeping and doesn't re-appear until I take my next dose. Are these feelings a constant for you or, like me, they only appear transiently after taking it?

Same here, my body refreshes and reboots in the morning once I pass out at night, it isn't as intense. They come and go during the day, but if it is really bad I take xanax. Also I am working with my therapist to cope with some of these symptoms if they are brought on by certain things. 

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quetiapine is a pretty strong inhibitor of the norepinephrine transporter and could explain some of those "adrenaline" effects that you're experiencing. In fact that's something that I'm working out with my pdoc right now because through all the meds I've tried the ones that inhibit the norepinephrine transporter sometimes make my anxiety worse. Loxapine is paradoxical like that in that it calms my racing and intrusive thoughts but can sometimes make me more nervous. So if I find I have to take my extra 5mg PRN loxapine during the day I almost always take it with 0.25mg alprazolam to make sure that doesn't happen.

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