Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic drug, often prescribed to those with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Sometimes, though, people abuse the drug for its somnolent effects and it becomes a habit. If you believe you have been abusing Seroquel, here are some tips for getting off the drug.

Weaning off of Seroquel

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Your doctor and special treatment doctors at rehab centers can help you stop using Seroquel.

One of the best ways to get off of the drug is to slowly taper off your dosages. If you were prescribed Seroquel, you must discuss this with your doctor in order to achieve favorable results. Your doctor might choose to switch you to another medication, but if you have built up a tolerance to Seroquel or think you might be abusing it, talk to your doctor about weaning you off of the drug as soon as possible.

“Your doctor will probably want to decrease your dose gradually,” according to the NLM. You shouldn’t just stop taking the drug on your own because it will likely lead to withdrawal symptoms like:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headache
  • Anxiety

You also should not stop taking Seroquel without discussing it with your doctor because the symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder will more than likely return without it in your system. However, if you were abusing Seroquel, this might not be an option for you. You will not recover from abuse or addiction simply by stopping your use of the drug.

Treatment

If you can afford it, addiction treatment is the best way to stop using a drug and to fight your addiction with the help of medical professionals. The NIDA states that “because drug abuse and addiction have so many dimensions and disrupt so many aspects of an individual’s life, treatment is not simple.” Usually a combination of therapy and medication are used in treatment for drug addiction.

It might also be especially necessary for someone to consider formal addiction treatment if he or she has been abusing other drugs in combination with Seroquel. It is often combined with cocaine, “referred to as a ‘Q-Ball,’” and also with heroin (OASAS). If you are abusing illicit drugs along with Seroquel, you should highly consider treatment for your addiction because of the many dangers involved.

Other Tips for Getting Off Seroquel

If one of these methods has worked for you but you need to spend more time on your recovery, or you weren’t able to afford formal treatment, try some of these other tips for ending your dependence on Seroquel:

  • Mutual-help groups are extremely popular for those struggling with addiction. They meet almost anywhere and can be easily researched online.
  • Discuss your use of Seroquel with family and friends. It will provide you with a support system during a difficult time and will make everyone more aware of what you are dealing with when trying to get sober.
  • If you can do it, wean yourself off of Seroquel slowly in order to avoid strong withdrawal symptoms.
  • Exercise lightly and eat a more balanced diet. These actions can help you feel healthier and stronger.
  • Do not spend time with people you abuse Seroquel with, or people who have helped you get Seroquel. Right now, you need as little temptation as possible.
  • Discuss your feelings with friends, your doctor, or a counselor.

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