Quietiapine and loss of appetite

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I've recently had my medication changed from Olanzapine to Quietiapine 300mg and have no appetite at all. I've been taking it for three weeks now and the weight is falling off me as I haven't been eating. In truth I have two bananas a day and can't face the thought of a proper meal. Strangely, just eating two bananas seems to keep me going. I don't have blood sugar drops, don't have weakness or any other problems caused by not eating. Does anyone else experience this?

Also found thoughts of suicide increasing to many times a day. Yesterday I even loaded a piece of rope in the car intending stopping on the new Forth road bridge and securing the rope to the railing and the other end round my neck and jumping off. The only reason I didn't was the sheer number of vehicles on the bridge, even in the early hours of the morning. I can't go on like this long term and I can't go to my GP as she is threatening to kick me off the list if I don't go to the diabetic clinic, which I have no intention of doing, so I guess it's just a matter of time before I have no GP. What a mess and it's not even stopping the voices either, I would be just as well off, probably better off, if I just stopped taking the wretched stuff.

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    Hi Daviemac,

    We note from a recent post which you have made to our forum that you may be experiencing thoughts around self-harm. If we have misinterpreted your comments then we apologies for contacting you directly. But if you are having such thoughts then please note that you are not alone in this, and there are people out there that can help.

    If you are having these suicidal thoughts then we strongly recommend you speak to someone who may be able to help. The Samaritans offer a safe space where you can talk openly about what you are going through. They can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.

    Their contact details are on our patient information leaflet here: https://patient.info/health/dealing-with-suicidal-thoughts, which also offers lots of other advice on how you can access the help you may need.

    If you are having such thoughts then please do reach out to the team at the Samaritans (or the other people detailed in our leaflet) who will understand what you're going through and will be able to help.

    Kindest regards


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    Hi Daviemac. I know you are feeling really rough right now but I would urge you to speak to someone. You need help. This is beyond your diabetes condition, please go to a GP or phone somebody. Some meds can make you feel worse particularly in the early stages, but you are actually making plans to kill yourself. Two bananas a day will not sustain you for long and after reading your letter, I felt shocked that you are feeling this bad. Please please, take urgent action. You are needed, your life is so precious, and you will feel better again. But you must speak to somebody like a GP, and now. Don't leave it any longer, you owe it to yourself to fight for your life. Please let us know that you will do this. It's a tough life..but don't lose it. I'm thinking of you. Julia 

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