I’ve just come off Quetiapine (Seroquel) and started on Aripiprazole (Abilify). Coming off Quetiapine was really tough and I am very proud of myself. I reduced my dosage slowly from 375mg to 25mg. It took a year to get down to a comfortable 175mg, which I stayed at for 6 months, and then reduced again over a month. The withdrawal was awful and my self-harm had escalated. I had been on it for four years. I put on three stonwhen I was on Quetiapine. It had come to a point where it was ruining my life and the bad symptoms didn’t outweigh the good. I had an unsatisfied hunger, sweated constantly, had bad dreams, and walked around off my face as a zombie. I was sleeping 12+ hours and had no life. The doctor started me on Aripiprazole as an alternative. Aripiprazole is for those who suffer bad side effects from Quetiapine and other antipsychotics. Perhaps it is too soon to have a reaction- but I am very sensitive to medication- and have seen a change in myself already. I have managed to keep the stone I lost off and have a lot more energy. My moods are more stable and I don’t feel groggy. I was tested badly yesterday and wanted to self-harm but I felt calm. I didn’t even take a Lorazepam! I’m really chuffed. The only bad symptom is insomnia. It is awful. I am sleeping about 4 hours at night. I feel exhausted when it comes to the afternoon and attempt to have a nap but fail miserably. I can’t seem to get the right balance on this medication! It is nice to have my life back, not sleeping as much means I can get things done! I will let you know how I get on after a month.