I have been on seroquel for over two years and my insurance now wont pay for it. but they say they are putting me on risperidone and wont give me seroquel to wean myself off. the last shrink i had before this one took me off seroquel and two or three other thingsthat i was on for manic depressive/bipolar disorder, at the same time cold turky and i went through withdraw really bad for a few months and was in the hospital because of it. Now that i finally got it back and was finally able to sleep again theyre taking me off. im really really scared of going through withdraw because withdraws can kill if they are severe enough. Without it, i cant sleep for days. then after about four days ill sleep for one night and have the bloodiest most grusome nightmares you can imagine and when im awake, without my meds i see things and hear things that arent there. and im finally feeling somewhat sane and now theyre taking it away from me again...
I really do empathize with you. I think that different people's ability to handle drug changes, especially withdrawal, varies widely. I almost always go thru hell when faced with a drug change,particular being taken off a medication. I hope you have a sympathetic doctor who knows your idiosyncrasies. I realize they they are scarce. In that case you will have to let him/her know that you are just not a fan of needless suffering and you expect that all your needs be met, not just finding the correct medications. If this is the case i wish you luck. I have had a lot of doctor since 1982 when i first was first afflicted. A few times i had a doctor who not only made me wonder how ever did they get thru medical school, plus question just how they were able to establish a practice.
Remind your doctor that it is best to deal with one variable at a time. If a whole lot of changes are made at the same time it is really hard to pick out the culprit if problems arise. In reality doctors are sensitive about having their judgments question and learning how to cover such territory unscathed is the tricky bit. (It is possible with practice). I know a can't just tell you not to panic, While being this is best path, i can;t do it myself. I wish i had more than cold comfort to offer.
With out ever trying Risperdal, I can safely say Seroquel (50mg) in the morning... 150mg at night is my current dosage.
I've gone through atleast 5 times when I ran out of meds... within 24hrs I can't sleep can't think clearly... and I hate how distorted reality becomes. Now Im trying to cut my dosage down... I working on 25mg am... 100mg in the pm... It will take atleast 60 days... slow slow... I can't believe that Doctors are prescribing Seroquel for sleep issues... this medication too much of a brain f@@k to give out for sleep.
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