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I've been using a small dose of seroquel (25-50mg) nightly for sleep for around ten years. It has now stopped working. Every time I've tried to stop it I go into intense insomnia and withdrawal. My Doc has order 2.5-5mg zyprexa to replace the seroquel. Has any body experienced this protocol and is there going to be seroquel w/d when I switch.
Thanks in advance for responses
I've had insomnia off and on throughout my life. The past few years I've had very few nights of complete sleep. Typically I wake up at 4 am and am wide awake until daybreak. I don't remember if I slept any better in my college years, but I definitely don't remember having such a hard time waking up before 10 a.m like I do now. I used to just be able to get up and carpe diem, but now it's like there's this extreme heaviness and I tremble and can barely open my eyes if I force myself out of bed early. It's like I've been sedated lol. I don't have a reason right now like school or a job to get up early, I work at home. But sleeping in makes me feel like a failure/ner do well. anyone here sleep in or have trouble like this?
I've been titrating Seroquel down from a dose of 600mg XR and I'm now down to 0mg. I've been titrating slowly, without going cold turkey. Because of the way Seroquel XR is formulated, you have to drop from 50 mg to 0. It is worth noting that I'm being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, not schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. I'm in the process of taking Prazosin (minipress) and titrating it up to a therapeutic level and now that I'm up to 20 mg of Prazosin, I'm feeling okay in general. Prazosin is an alpha 1 adrenergic receptor antagonist in the same way that seroquel is - hence the change in medication.
I reduced the seroquel from 50 mg to 0 mg on Thursday night. I slept fine on the Thursday, but by Friday afternoon, things fell apart. I became irrationally suicidal. I had a large amount of medication due to weaning off seroquel, titrating up the Prazosin and also taking 300 mg of Pristiq per day. Since then, I haven't slept more than 4 hours a night. I can't seem to get to sleep before 5 am, and I wake after a couple of hours at best. The insomnia is intolerable, I just can't drift off to sleep. I'm thinking that I'm going to have to go to the GP and get some sleeping tablets.because I just need something to get me to sleep. My psychiatrist has been really unhelpful, he tells me to just take enough seroquel to make me sleep, but I don't want to do that. I feel like if I do that, that I'll never get off the seroquel.
I need to be able to sleep because I'm a law student, and my trimester is starting in a week's time. How long will the insomnia from the seroquel last?
Please can someone help. I am very stressed and worried. I am 19 weeks 3 days pregnant and have been taking 400 mg of quetiapine the whole pregnancy so far for physocosis, insomnia, and anxiety. Can someone please tell me if they have ever or is taking Quatiapine during pregnancy ??? If so how did it effect the baby, mentally.. physically.. please Help. I don't think me stressing about the answers to this is good for me and the child.
I'd love some feedback from anyone here that has given fair trials to new antidepressants (like Vibryd, Brintellex, Trintellex, or any others you know?)
Considering moving on from the SSRI's/SNRI's due to sexual side effects, weight gain and apathy. I had good results with Celexa (not too activating, no restlessness or weight gain - but still felt super anhedonic with sexual dysfunction.) This class of drugs is such a mixed bag....
Also, not super excited about trying an older MAO or Tricyclic-type drug that could have even more side effects (more drowsiness, weight gain, metabolic issues + dietary restrictions) A/P's are out for me.
I'd love to find something that works with Dopamine but does not cause weight gain, anxiety, or Akasthia (like Abilify - though I may get desperate to try it again) Unfortunately Wellbutrin has had no effect on me. Ritalin (with it's single/simple action on Dopamine) works really well, but I'd like to gather ideas on something else for everyday/longterm solution (if any).
Any suggestions for an add-on??