Seroquel, also known as quetiapine, is an antipsychotic medicine commonly used when treating mental health disorders such as bipolar and schizophrenia. When combined with an antidepressant, Seroquel is also used to treat depression. Although people in the general population do not typically abuse Seroquel, it is popular among prison inmates, earning the nickname “jailhouse heroin.”
Information About Quetiapine
Quetiapine is a second-generation antipsychotic that produces a strong sedative effect. This relaxes prisoners and produces a calmer, more carefree state of mind. Those who take illicit stimulants such as cocaine — or even legal drugs such as amphetamines — sometimes use quetiapine to reduce anxiety during the comedown. On other occasions, people combine cocaine with quetiapine to produce a dangerous mix called a “q-ball.” The result is a growing population of people who are addicted to quetiapine and need help recovering.
Although Seroquel has shown effectiveness as part of a combination treatment for legitimate issues, there are a variety of adverse side effects, even in those who take the drug precisely as directed while under the watchful care of a qualified physician. Drowsiness, headache, dry mouth and dizziness are the most common. Next, users commonly suffer from higher blood pressure, pulse and blood cholesterol. Tremors and agitation, aches and pains, gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and vomiting, lethargy and insomnia occur frequently as well. The makers of Seroquel, Astra Zeneca, have been sued because the drug’s side effects include diabetes. Because Seroquel and other quetiapine drugs produce a strong psychological dependence, tapering off slowly with the help of a qualified addiction professional is highly recommended.
Without professional help, people struggling with Seroquel addiction who attempt to quit alone are at risk of suffering acute withdrawal syndrome and relapse. Withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and can last for days or even weeks. They include intense depression and anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, nausea, abnormal heartbeat, dizziness, headache, and even seemingly unrelated symptoms such as gingivitis and psoriasis. Death from overdose is another possibility. Psychosis can also occur, which is one reason why Seroquel is controversial in the medical community.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
Seroquel, known by users as quell, snoozeberries or Susie-Q, has produced unprecedented drug-seeking behavior in the prison population. Inmates have faked psychotic symptoms just to get the drug’s anti-anxiety and calming effects. When combined with methadone, a powerful and dangerous painkiller, it produces euphoria.
Common signs of Seroquel addiction and abuse include:
- Feeling exhausted or extremely sedated sometimes while depressed and anxious at other times
- Combining Seroquel with another substance to achieve a stronger high
- Lying about losing prescriptions in order to obtain more of the drug
- Seeing more than one doctor to get more than one prescription
- Lying about how much is being used
- Problems with finances, relationships, work or the law
- Lack of interest in activities that used to bring joy or fulfillment
- Attempting to quit but unable to do so
If you or a loved one is showing the signs of addiction above, it’s time to find out about getting help from 12 Keys Rehab.
Beat Seroquel Addiction at 12 Keys Rehab
If you or your loved one is ready to quit using Seroquel but are afraid of withdrawal and relapse, 12 Keys Rehab can help. You’ll begin treatment with medically assisted detox, then engage in a comprehensive holistic recovery plan we’ll design specifically around your needs. If you’re a family member of a person struggling with addiction, you’ll be involved the entire way, too. From learning how to avoid dangerous abuse triggers and managing intense cravings to rediscovering the joy of living life sober, we can help.
Break free from the bonds of Seroquel addiction starting today and find your path to freedom at 12 Keys Rehab.