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  1. My old psych-NP gave me seroquel for sleep around the end of December last year. I haven't taken it every night as she wanted or else I wouldn't be still sitting here almost 11 months later with around 50 or 60 25mg pills left. I have used it randomly for particularly tough nights where I know I can't sleep or I just feel really amped up/anxious and don't want to take more than 1mg of Klonopin. Is this ok to do? When I do use it, it ranges from 25-75mg and I sleep like a baby.
  2. Hi all! I'm brand spanking new to the forums and I already have a question..is it normal for one's resting heart rate to steadily increase while starting Seroquel? Or should I be concerned? I'll admit I'm a bit anxious of it, though being a hypochondriac certainly doesn't help. I think I freaked myself out a bit today reading about how it can cause long QT syndrome and such. My FitBit (god bless that little watch) has tracked my heart rate steadily increasing since I began taking it (9/8/18), and I take half of a 25mg pill (so about 13mg) nightly before bed. I'm 5'8 and hovering around 108-111 lbs. Yes, I'm very underweight and that's actually part of why my doctor prescribed Seroquel, so it could help me gain weight (and raise my blood pressure). If it matters any, my only non-MI related diagnosis is ulcerative colitis, and I've been fighting that battle for ~2-3 years before it's finally recently gone into remission (before the Seroquel). I take no other medications at all and only supplement with a mild daily multi-vitamin. From previous tests my heart has been perfectly healthy, and my electrolytes/blood work have come back normal. Normal RHR for me is in the mid 60's to low 70's. Highest recorded RHR on my FitBit so far is 77bpm. I'm aware this is still perfectly within normal range, but isn't my body's normal. So just trying to gauge when/if I should be worried and talk to my doctor or ride it out. Seems like even the slightest of physical exertion shoots my heart rate into 100+bpm. Thanks much!! -P
  3. Soo, Iv been on seroquel XR for 3 years on 150mg, and recently about 2 month ago, I started drinking more and did some coke every couple days, so when I was doing coke I wouldn't take my meds cuz i didn't know how they would react to each other. Did that for 2 month now I just got my refil and I'm gonna start taking them regularly again, and I took on last night after not taking on for 3 or 4 days, and I feel anxious still and sick to my stumach, but I'm really tired like more tired then when I was on it regularly. I'm kinda concerned and i hope that it goes away, any advice would help. Yes im aware this was a bad idea I realize that now which is why I'm going back to taking them regularly and not doing coke anymore.
  4. I am currently on 300 mg of seroquel for bipolar II (mainly depression) and 300 mg Lyrica for anxiety. I want to come off the Lyrica because I think it might be causing rage and it always seems to happen after my morning dose of 150 mg Lyrica, and 100 mg of Seroquel. I take 150mg of Lyrica at 9am and then again at 5pm. My Seroquel is taken at 100 mg at 9am and 200 mg at 9pm. It is Extended Release. The Lyrica is in capsule form. Any thoughts? I am smallish 44 yo woman.
  5. Hi guys, just started seroquel/quetiapine 25 mg two days ago. I think it makes me hypomanic. Has anyone else experienced this? Does it go away? Im taking it for bipolar disorder
  6. Does anyone take Geodon as their main AAP/MS and seroquel as a sleep aid? I just started Geodon, and so far I love it. I'm on a low dose, and expect to up it on my next pdoc visit. Prozac is causing me to be hypomanic and rapid cycle some though. So, I'm going to go off it on my next visit. The first few days were great until the Prozac kicked in. Then, I started getting hypo/mixed, but not as bad since I had help from Geodon. Still it was not fun. Still isn't fun. I had 4 days where I felt normal. It was a gift. the issue with geodon is I am not sleeping well at all. I can't fall asleep. I'm taking 20 mg in the am and 40 mg at night before I titrate up. I think I need a sleep aid. I tried taking Tylenol pm but Benadryl makes me rapid cycle after extended use. Geodon is keeping it in check kind of but it's not comfortable and I'm not stable, but I'm better than before. I don't know if seroquel is my only option for sleep, or if there is something else that I can use long term. I need ideas to ask my pdoc about on Monday. the sleep issue is getting serious. I had extra seroquel left, and took 50 mg last night because I was desperate, but I'm scared of drug interactions. Any experience or advice?
  7. Hey guys. I’ve been pretty stable on Depakote, but it sure does come with some undesirable side effects. Somehow it makes me feel overwhelmed. It’s kind of a brain fog 2.0 feeling. Also it haven’t helped much with my anxiety, and there’s still some depression left too. I’m also on 2 antidepressants and a small dose of gabapentin, with no luck. What are your experiences with lithium or seroquel? I do not want to feel like a zombie and also do not want to feel too flat or foggy
  8. Hi, I take generic Quetiapine 200 mg for anxiety and insomnia. There was a lot of improvement but I still suffer from anxiety/panic attacks. My doc tried increasing the Quetiapine dose up to 400 mg but I didn't notice any improvement. Looks like 200 mg is the optimum dose. If my sleep quality is good, the day will be very calm and relaxed. I observed that if I take Quetiapine 200 mg + Diazepam 10 mg before sleep then my anxiety/panic attacks are totally under control. Sleep quality was very good. There was no daytime drowsiness either. It was just perfect. But the problem is that benzodiazepines are not for long-term use. So, we have been trying to find other medications that can augment Quetiapine just like Diazepam did. Quetiapine 200 mg + Trazodone 50 mg caused a lot of drowsiness and daytime dizziness. I could not take the combination for more 5 days. Quetiapine 200 mg + Tegretol 300 mg actually reduced the sleep quality and increased anxiety (Tegretol and Trileptal reduce the effectiveness of Quetiapine). Quetiapine 200 mg + Lithium caused a lot of daytime drowsiness but there was no improvement in my anxiety/panic attacks. What other medications can I take along with Quetiapine before sleep to further improve the sleep quality? Is anyone taking any medications in addition to Quetiapine before sleep? Thank you for your responses.
  9. I’ve been on seroquel a little over a week after my second biggest breakdown since I was diagnosed 10 years ago. The good news: Im getting better. I’m titrating up on lamictal, on 300 mg gabapentin a day, 50 mg seroquel at night, and .5 klonopin at night. Only one tiny paranoid thought all week, and I thought: slow down, what is a more logical cause for this problem - rather than someone sabatoging me. Of course, I found the problem & it certainly didn’t involve anyone sabatoging me. It was just a billing error on an account. So I fixed it and moved on. The bad news: First night on seroquel: took 25 mg and slept better than ever but woke up with arm and leg in the air. That was weird. Second to Fourth nights: went up to 50 mg. Slept well. Craved chocolate or ice cream. Woke up every night in middle of the night with leg wrapped on top of futon (I was at my sister’s). Started having weird dreams where things were happening in my normal daily life & waking up wondering if something was a dream or real. Fifth night to now: waking up many times all night long. Having vivid nightmares that wake me up in the night, still having confusing reality dreams too. I do feel better each day. I saw my pdoc yesterday for weekly appt and he said he doesn’t like me having the nightmares. We are keeping me on it one more week to see. I asked him if maybe my sever anxiety is coming out in my dreams since I don’t feel it when I’m awake. I have debilitating anxiety and depersonalization with my bad BP mixed episodes, which this last one was terrible and lasted months. I did close on my first house yesterday and move in today, so I finallly get everything out of storage that’s been in there for 6 months and I will finally sleep in my own bed. The optimist in me hopes this will resolve the sleep problems, but the realist in me already knows something is off with these nightmares. Side note: good news about my pdoc, he is a psychiatrist, neurologist and psychotherapist. So, next week we are having an hour long psychotherapy session so I can learn how to navigate the world so I’m healthy and can manage bipolar. I told him I’ve finally come to peace with how severe it is, and I have to adjust my life. I’m in a high stress job and know I can’t just take meds and go back to “normal”. At the same time I just recently discontinued 400 mg tegretol, 150 lithium and doxepin a day, so my brain chemistry certainly isn’t stable right now. I think of it as a weird soup that’s just not ready yet. Any advice or experience with seroquel to share?
  10. Hi all, Im new here so bare with me.Ive suffered with Depression and Anxiety and OCD all of my life and a few years back I learned I had Bipolar Disorder and my pdoc started treating me with every antipyschotic there is and everyone of them(Risperdal,Invega,Saphris,Latuda,Geodon,Abilify)gave me a world of side effects like the anti depressants did growing up.The only thing that has help this far has been benzo’s but I use them as last resort due to I dont wanna get addicted.Ok so that leads me to last week when pdoc rx’d me my last chance Seroquel IR 400mg which was to be taking all at night before bed.well the first two days it make me a little tired but after that I can take it like candy without getting the sedation like everyone else so I started to take it in the morning with the rest of my meds but Ive noticed it seems like it doesnt matter when I take it its not lasting 24hrs.I mean for the most part Im doing well for only being on it for 11 days but Im still having a slight problem with anxiety and irritablity and intrusive thoughts.Maybe I havent taken it long enough?Maybe I need a higher dose?Maybe I need the XR?When she rx’d it to me I asked for the XR and she flat out refused and I dont know why,maybe because Im on call 24hrs a day with work,I see her again on the 11th of Jan and Im gonna again ask for the XR and see what she says,I do remember her saying it wasent generic,maybe that was the reason which I know it is because I was told at the pharmacy it was,anyway,I know everyone is diff and reacts diff on meds but I need all the advice and support I can get with this med because I like it the best out of them all.I also take Lamictal 300mgXL, and Topamax200mg, Thanks in advance. l
  11. I have quite a long history of major depressive disorder, with anxiety, along with an ED that I've recovered and relapsed with several times over the last 15 years. Over the years I've been prescribed paxil(gave me double vision), citalopram (worked well for around 12 years, but left me constantly exhausted and flat) and currently effexor-xr/venlafaxine. I'm currently spiraling down pretty badly, after over a year of several traumatic events and other stressors, and my dr has prescribed seroquel/quetiapine 25mg, to help me sleep and as an ajunct to the effexor I'm already taking. I've taken it two nights so far, and I don't know if I should persevere with it or not. It helps me sleep alright, I'm asleep by 10:30pm, instead of still being awake at 3am, however I have such a hangover that doesn't wear off until about 5pm, and it seems to be making me angry and even more depressed. This is a small dose so it shouldn't be hitting me so hard? Should I persevere? I'm currently not functional due to MDD, have had to take time off work, don't know if I even still have a job. I'm also struggling with the idea of taking an antipsychotic when I'm not psychotic. The stigma etc. Which is in my own head because the only people who know I'm taking it are my self and my dr. And I'm afraid of losing my intelligence on it. I pride myself on my intelligence. It's the only strength I feel I have.
  12. I realize that I have been having a bad physical reaction to remeron since I started taking it near the end of November. I am currently taking 7.5 mg, cutting down from 15 mg two weeks ago. I was wondering if anyone had stopped taking remeron after being on a 7.5 mg dose or do you need to break that in half? I was also wondering if anyone had gone from remeron to seroquel? I am already having a hard time sleeping and was thinking about going back to my old 50 mg seroquel dose at night instead of the remeron. I will see nurse practitioner on Monday but wanted to hear experiences from other people.
  13. I’ve been dealing with major depressive disorder and anxiety for several years now. I’ve read a lot of books on psychology and neurology. But I’ve only recently started seeing a psychiatrist. I was getting prescriptions from general physicians. Currently I’m on Wellbutrin and it works great for my depression but my anxiety still shows up. I told my doctor that it feels like an under-lying current. The anxiety is constant but I keep it at bay. He prescribed me Seroquel 25mg. Today is my second day on it. I don’t think I really knew how to describe my anxiety before today because today my brain feels silent. It’s like before there was a constant negative voice, my own voice - I guess, that would always repeat any negative thought I ever had. All my doubts were vocalized by this voice. I’ve never described it as a voice before because I always associated it with just thoughts. But today those thoughts are not there. I’m calm and that’s weird. So my question is, is it really anxiety?
  14. So I recently went off antipsychotics after having been on them for nearly seven years. They weren't helping with what I needed the most help with and I (and my shrink) suspected they were responsible for the anhedo'nic malaise I've been suffering from for years now. At first I was resistant to get off them because I really thought I needed them, but then I ran out and didn't get it refilled for a couple of weeks and was like, "Hey, I don't feel DEAD inside." And I wasn't suffering any bad effects from NOT taking them, so I figured I would just take them on as as-needed basis. Which happens about once every two weeks. I just get hamster wheel brain and have to shut it off. And so far that's been working out really well. I'm curious how long it's taken for others who have gotten off them to get them out of your system. I haven't taken any Haldol in over a month, but it was just in the last few days that I really felt like I'd "woken up". I can write again. I haven't written anything other than cryptic Facebook posts since 2014. I've done nothing but read Facebook and the news and watch tv and movies since I quit my job four years ago, which I had to do because I couldn't function at it anymore. I was constantly forgetting things and fucking up, it was awful. Looking back I can't be sure if it's because of the illness or the meds. I don't really care anymore. I'm awake again. Thankfully my bipolar disorder isn't so severe that I need APs all the time anymore. I think at first I did, but I've changed a lot over the last several years since I was diagnosed. I don't have the same issues as I once did. I'm a lot more stable. I still take my other meds, mostly so I can sleep, since I also have a sleep disorder (a manageable one, thank the gods). The meds kept me from doing the thing that was probably the healthiest thing I was doing for myself: meditating. Now that I can focus and concentrate again, I can get back to a sitting practice, which gives me the mindfulness I need to stay on top of the little cues my brain gives me when I might be about to do something...off. It's nice not to be swimming in glue anymore.
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