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  1. My issue: Bipolar II, severe depression and anxiety, as well as insomnia. I've been taking Seroquel for about two years. I take 200mg Seroquel in combination with 200mg Lamictal. This combination has worked fairly well for me, so far, in at least alleviating my depression enough to make me functional. I haven't had serious side effects beyond light periods (but those could also be caused by my IUD), gaining like 10 lbs over 2 years, and serious grogginess in the morning that's really hard to shake. I have a lot of trouble getting out of bed and it takes me 2 hours to fully wake up. It also makes me, as my mother describes it, "spacey". I recently switched to a new psychiatrist and primary physician due to changing jobs and health insurance. I'd been having regular blood tests done, but the new primary doc and psychiatrist didn't like the results of my most recent one (for my kidneys). New psych also seems to really dislike Seroquel and preferred I switch to something different/newer, and wants me to try Latuda. I agreed to do so mainly because the Seroquel doesn't completely help my depression and definitely does not help my anxiety, which has been problematic lately. I'm having trouble remembering to eat with my Latuda, too, which worries me. From what I understand, it doesn't work as well without food. For those of you who have switched from Seroquel (or even another atypical) to Latuda, what was your experience like? Was the Latuda better, worse, or neither?
  2. Hello all...just a quick question on your titration experiences. I'm on my next to last day at 75 mg, and I am grateful to say the periods of positive mood are lengthening. When the mood drops it is shorter in duration, but more intense and panicky. Was this a sign of impending AD stability for anyone? I realize I have more titrating to do, but now I am much more excited about it! Thanks...Peace!
  3. I swear I've read everything I can get my hands on about Seroquel but I still don't have the slightest clue what the hell my doctor is doing, and when I try to get a straight answer out of him, all I seem to get is "Let's just see what it does" and "The fewer medications, the better," and I just feel like: Okay, but what is it supposed to do, how is it supposed to help me; I mean, does he think I'm a junkie and just want some Susie Q on rave nights? I'm so frustrated I could cry (read: have been) and I was hoping you guys could help me understand, because I'm at a total loss. I was on 25mg of Seroquel for 23 days "to see if it would help with the depression," then bumped up to 50mg for a week, 100mg for a week, and 150 for a week. At no point did I have any intolerable side effects, but neither has the medication really done anything. So after ~40 days of taking a sub-200mg dose, I begged my pdoc today to give me something more, something to actually fucking help, and he relented and gave me a 200mg prescription of the stuff to take once a day for the next three weeks. I told him I'm scared of breakthrough mania, that I'm starting to have severe irritability and that I'm having to watch my behavior closely, that if I don't do something soon I'm probably going to have an episode no matter how well I'm coping, and he said: "But you aren't manic right now, right?" And no, I don't think I am? Not, like, full-blown manic. But what, do I have jump couches like fucking Tom Cruise before he'll give me a dosage of Seroquel that isn't bafflingly low? I want to PREVENT that type of mania from happening to me ever again. It's frightening and dangerous and I don't like it an ounce and I'm getting real fucking tired of being "treated" in such a way that it feels as though I'm not being treated at all. Full disclosure: I'm also taking 1mg of Klonopin PRN for manic symptoms, and it helps some, some of the time. Has it taken anyone else this long to experiment with a single medication? Is there a reason I'm being kept on a rat's worth of Seroquel that doc just won't tell me? I'm so upset. I've been a good girl--I'm going to my therapy sessions, I'm staying med compliant, I'm not drinking alcohol or doing drugs and I'm taking care of my health the best I can. I want to get better. I'm trying my damnedest. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on, here...? I'm so sorry for ranting. Thank you so much for reading.
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