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Seroquel withdrawals

Why are the withdrawal symptoms of seroquel the same as the withdrawal symptoms of heroin?  I know that you shouldn't just stop taking it and I understand that it is a non-narcotic medication, but I still would like to know why the symptoms are the same?  I am currently taking seroquel for anxiety.
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Remember, seroquel is a prescribed medication while heroin is not.  First of all if you take at as prescribed by your doctor, in my opinion, you are doing the right thing.  Many medications have withdrawal symptoms, but as long as the taper is done slowly and in consultation with your doc, things are usually A LOT smoother.

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Thank you for the comment.  I do understand that seroquel IS a prescribed medication but why don't they tell you that if you just stop the medication you WILL go through the same withdrawals as heroin.  I did stop taking the seroquel without tapering off and I got very sick, just as a person would from stopping heroin.  I am back on seroquel as I said, but I don't understand why the withdrawal symptoms are the same.  Thanks again for the comment and have a great day.
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I tapered off Seroquel and vomited two days after the last dose. I had symptoms similar to what you describe as heroin withdrawal symptoms. This happened all day today, and I am not sleeping. I'm not very happy right now.
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go to cchr.org, they'll give you lots of answers to these physc. meds
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Hey, guys, heroin did start as a medication.  It was thought to be less addictive than morphine -- yeah, right.  Also, check out the latest on the FDA and the manufacturer of Seroquel withholding information about it, namely that it doesn't work any better than the medications it replaced, has significant side effects of rapid weight gain and diabetes, and other things.  Also, heroin is addictive, seroquel technically isn't since it doesn't meet all the criteria, mostly you don't have to keep taking more for it to work.  On the other hand, as far as I know, heroin doesn't cause permanent damage, while many people are never able to quit these meds once they get started on them.  
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Seroquel does have side effects short and long term (as does any medication) but it should not be spoken about in the same category as an illegal drug. The atypical antipsychotics such as Seroquel are safer than the older generation such as Haldol because they are half as likely to cause tardive dyskinesia. They do have a potential risk of diabetes but you can be careful about that by keeping your weight and sugar intake in check. Some people do need antipsychotics though, certainly people with any psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia and they can be used as mood stabilizers as well. What you may not be aware of is the future generation of antipsychotics, the glutamate antagonists (in Phase II FDA study) don't cause any of these side effects and promote a fuller recovery as I can state having made a full recovery (for more information google "Dr. Javitt, glycine", my case study will be published in a psychiatric journal) from glycine, a glutamate antagonist. They are in study as anti-anxiety agents as well. For more information on all new psychiatric medications in development google "psychmeds123".
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I'm very interested in this.  I've been suffering an extreme reaction to quitting Paxil three years ago.  An incompetent psychiatrist just totally messed me up.  Anyway, nobody's been able to offer a solution, but I have been told about the research on glutamate receptors.  I didn't know the trials had progressed so far.  I thought they were being studied for depression; is it also for anxiety?  And is it just regular old glycine, the amino acid?
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I decided to quit seroquel around 8 weeks ago. I was taking 400mg a day for 2.5 years. I took them to prevent a breakdown at the time. It gradually turned me into a fat, lifeless person. I took my last 50mg 10 days ago. The withdrawals have been shocking. Like nothing I've ever experienced. When I do have energy, I'm psychotic & get into fights. It's totally brutal & I've been unable to function in months. The doctors have been unable to help here in the UK so I've got off it as fast as I could in the hope I'll be well by the time my kids break up from school. I would never touch this drug again! It robbed me of my 'highs' & left me an insecure mess. Today I have picked up prochlorperazine for the nausea. I can't imagine heroin withdrawals could be any worse than this. I had no idea that quitting this drug would be a problem & was never warned by docs??? There is a complete lack of knowledge concerning this drug in my area anyway. I wish I'd opted for the breakdown!
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