Citation: KS09. "Withdrawal: An Experience with Quetiapine (Seroquel) (exp57782)". Erowid.org. Dec 21, 2008. erowid.org/exp/57782
Just wanted to share an interesting tidbit about the drug Seroquel that has baffled two different doctors. I've been lazily prescribed Seroquel after an even lazier diagnosis of BiPolar Type I Disorder. I've never agreed with either this diagnosis or the treatment plan. Because of my disagreement with said treatment plan, in 2005 I decided to stop taking all three of my psychoactive drugs (I was also on Trileptal and Zoloft), all one at a time.
I started with Zoloft and left it at that for awhile. Cold turkey, no problem. I figured any negative side effects were being displaced by the other two. Then I stopped the Trileptal. Again, no change. I was beginning to believe that my theory that doctors prescribe placebo type medications in abundance to normally healthy people was ringing true. Finally, the Seroquel. I normally take 100mg of this bastard once a day, always at night since it knocks me out.
The first night without taking it I lie in bed sweating - tossing and turning all night. My body was screaming for the drug. The next day was fine. I had a lot more energy than was typical and I was less irratible. The future looked bright, indeed. That night, when falling to sleep, my hands and fingers started itching. I looked and there was no rash, just persistent itching. I thought it odd. The next day, my hands started itching but now so did my head, and my perineum of all places. I was in full on junkie scratch mode. Plus, that nervous energy experienced the first night trying to sleep had returned en force.
By day four I thought I was going to be fired from my job for really scratching and twitching all day long, it was bad. So, that night, I took another 100mg Seroquel and laid down and slept the best night of sleep I had had all week long. And, the next day, no more itching either.
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