Although Seroquel is not likely to be abused, withdrawal symptoms are possible as the brain adjusts to a reduction in the medication. Symptoms can include nausea and vomiting, insomnia, and symptoms of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. To prevent symptoms from occurring when withdrawing from Seroquel, your healthcare provider may gradually wean you off the drug, even if switching to a different medication.
Seroquel Withdrawal: An IntroductionSeroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is a prescription medication approved to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. As with most medications for mental illnesses, stopping Seroquel is not recommended without your healthcare provider's approval. Although the drug is not addicting and is not likely to be abused, the brain may need time to adjust to a decrease in levels.
Symptoms of Withdrawal From SeroquelSeroquel withdrawal symptoms can include but are not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Symptoms of schizophrenia (such as hallucinations or delusions)
- Bipolar disorder symptoms (such as mania or depression).
These symptoms may not improve with time, as they may be signs of the underlying disorder (schizophrenia or bipolar disorder).