I was on Seroquel for almost three years for bipolar, and I recently gradually stopped with the approval of my doctor. One of the reasons, among many, that I stopped was that I could not take the weight gain anymore.
I was a Marine for 8 years and have never been overweight until I started taking medication. First I was diagnosed as simply depressed, and I was on Effexor xr for a year or so. I gained some weight with that, too. I stopped cold turkey when I quit my job to go to school and subsequently lost my insurance. I lost the weight I had gained on the Effexor almos immediately, without much effort or diet change at all.
I have been off of Seroquel for about 2 weeks now and feel geat, and am finally able to sleep without it. I am eating better and exercising more, but I haven't lost any weight and have actually gained a couple pounds. Does anyone know if this is normal, especially since I went gradually off of it, and will my body ever get back to normal weight-loss ability wise after taking Seroquel? How long before I notice a difference in weight gain?
I was wondering what medication did you find to substitute for the seroquel? I was trying to get off of seroquel and got down to 25mgs. I was trying lamictal. Unfortunately, I was having some very unpleasant side effects on the lamictal and had to discontinue it.
I did go off of seroquel and was substituting geodan but I could not get to sleep at all for 6 days. I did lose about 7lbs. overnight not on seroquel and I know that sounds impossible but my scale read 7lbs.less.
I think the reason you are gaining a few pounds is because you had developed an eating habit with seroquel and it will take a while to retrain your brain to not have the cravings that seroquel gave you.
Let me know how you are doing in the next week please. I am really interested in hearing of someone stopping seroquel after 3 years and staying off of it. Good Luck!
I gained 20 pounds in about 2-3 weeks after starting seroquel at 300mg. Over the past couple of months I have gradually stopped taking it. Now it has been about a week that I have stopped taking it and I cannot lose the weight! Over the past 4 weeks I run about 45-60 min a day and eat very small amounts of food. My Dr said it might be that seroquel has effected the way I use insulin which is making it difficult for me to lose weight. I want to know how long I have to go on like this before I lose weight!