Seroquel, an often prescribed antipsychotic medication, can provide needed relief from symptoms that result from certain types of psychological disorders. Seroquel produces psychoactive effects, meaning it interacts with the brain’s chemical system.

Seroquel effects take place at individual brain cell receptor sites. The drug’s interactions alter the amounts of neurotransmitter chemicals released into the brain. Ultimately, brain cells undergo actual structural changes for as long as a person keeps taking this drug.

Seroquel withdrawal develops whenever a person reduces dosage amounts or stops drug treatment altogether. The mechanisms that create Seroquel withdrawal effects originate in the brain where drug interactions alter the way brain cells function.

According to the U. S. National Library of Medicine, Seroquel produces long-acting effects, which further aggravates the likelihood a person will experience withdrawal symptoms. The length of time on the drug, dosage level amounts and a person’s individual physical make-up all contribute to the development of Seroquel withdrawal symptoms.

Seroquel’s Mechanism of Action

Seroquel’s ability to alter brain cell chemical processes accounts for why people experience withdrawal when stopping drug use. Seroquel’s mechanism of action works to block dopamine and serotonin chemical production in the brain.

Neurotransmitter chemicals enable the various regions of the brain to communicate with one another. Dopamine and serotonin play critical roles in regulating central nervous system functions. Seroquel’s ability to block cell sites reduces the amounts of these chemicals. These effects go a long way towards relieving symptoms associated with schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.

Unfortunately, these same effects can impair the brain’s ability to regulate chemical processes once a person stops taking the drug. Seroquel withdrawal effects result from damage done to brain cell receptor sites while a person was on the drug.

Seroquel Withdrawal Symptoms

Seroquel withdrawal symptoms can take any number of forms. Symptom types may include –

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Insomnia and restlessness are signs of withdrawal from Seroquel.

  • Insomnia
  • Increase in weight
  • Restlessness
  • Irritation
  • Manic-type behaviors
  • Aggression
  • Confused thinking processes
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Gastrointestinal problems

The duration and intensity of withdrawal can also vary depending on –

  • Dosage level taken
  • Duration of drug use
  • The presence of pre-existing medical or psychological conditions
  • Method use to discontinue drug use

In general, the higher the dosage level the more severe withdrawal symptoms can be. In effect, a higher dosage level has a greater impact on brain cell function making it that much more difficult for the brain to carry out chemical functions as normal.

The length of time a person takes the drug has more to do with the cumulative effect had on brain cell receptor sites over time. This means, the longer the duration the greater the damage done.

The presence of pre-existing conditions can greatly affect the brain and body’s ability to resume normal function once Seroquel use ends. Pre-existing conditions can take the form of medical and/or psychological conditions or disorders.

The method used to discontinue drug use can also influence how a Seroquel withdrawal period will unfold. Going “cold turkey” will most definitely bring on withdrawal, especially in cases of long-term drug use. Tapering or weaning off the drug offers the best chance of avoiding Seroquel withdrawal, or at the very least reducing symptom severity.

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