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does anyone have info about long term use of seroquel and how it affects you? my hubby tried to stop taking it and got all messed up. they are 50mg xr. thanks. sway
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The long term risks are as with any atypical antipsychotic which is the potential of long term movement disorders and diabetes. Both can be monitored for and the second prevented through regulated diets. 50 mg. is a very low dose of it though and shouldn't really that much of a problem and for its main use (which is psychosis) would be considered subclinical. One thing for sure is that if you stop taking Seroquel (or any other medication) whatever its treating will return. There is no potential of addiction but as with any medication if you stop it too fast you will get withdrawal symptoms. The important thing though is to think back what it was like before the Seroquel because if you stop it you'll go back to whatever you experienced before.
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yes, that appears to be the case. i have some experience with addiction and withdrawal, and so cautioned him. he was quite persistent and after about 10 days without them, he felt like his stack was going to blow. he just took one about an hour ago and says he feels better already. i wonder how much of that is the comfort of knowing that he took one. thank you so much for responding so quickly. this is difficult for both of us. peace, sway
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It's not the comfort, it's because he was suffering withdrawal.  If he wants to stop he has to taper off.  There are many reasons to stop, but if one of them isn't that the person is cured, then the person still has what he had before.  If he has true psychosis, there is currently no cure.  If it's depression or anxiety and therapy has worked, then yes, you can stop and not just get whatever you had before.  If that were true, nobody would ever be able to stop medication, and that's obviously untrue.
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736475 tn?1281262927
had he had a different form of the meds to take, he would have tried that. but he was anxious to stop. as you know the xr's cannot be broken in half , as this changes the release schedule. thankyou for trying to explain withdrawal to an addict. sway
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There are proper ways to taper these drugs.  There are protocols that might involve switching from one form of the drug to another for a slower taper, for example, liquid Paxil instead of Paxil CR.  And these drugs aren't addictive; you don't need to keep taking more to get the same effect.  They do have significant withdrawals, however, so in that sense they are similar to addictive drugs, and quite frankly, probably more dangerous to the body.  I'm not trying to get into an argument with you sway, or appear I know more.  I had the worst withdrawal ever recorded from Paxil, and it's never gone away, so I just like to help those who are obviously suffering from one.  The best book I read on it is The Antidepressant Solution, which discusses discontinuation protocols, and one of the main points made is that if you go back on a drug and the bad symptoms disappear, that means you're suffering withdrawal, not some new ailment, which is what psychiatrists and pharmaceutical companies try to convince you of so they can add new drugs to the regimen.  This person had that exact response.  Peace.
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736475 tn?1281262927
well, he is back on the seroquel. this weekend i was pms'ing and he was re-adjusting. it was like 2 mood swinging wrecking balls! but things are settling down now. thank you all for responding. peace, sway
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