Seroquel dosage for insomnia

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I think one of your main issues is your sensitivity to the drugs you've already tried, i actually think your dr's are trying to find something that will help you, please dont mistrust your dr because he's perscribed seroquel, it is commonly perscribed for insomnia because it does have a seditary affect.
When I was taking seroquel, (quetiapine), I found it to be a really stabilising drug, I didn't have any real extremes of mood, and weirdly, never cried. My only problems were that I got very tired at times, and often got cramps in my legs, but after awhile taking it those things became less harsh. Good luck with it.
I knew another guy who was about 19 t0 22, didn't have a job, couldn't really work because of his bipolar instability and was in and out of the hospital every 3 weeks for a long time. He was on Seroquel, and each time the dosage went up and he would get really well, and then leave and after a week, he was doing badly again and back in. The problem was that he always returned to his parents house, and it was a toxic, abusive environment.
My doctor prescribed trazodone 100mg (I think it said mg) for my insomnia that I have suffered with for the last 15 years due to a thyroid problem I had years ago. I took it for the first time last night, but I did not fall asleep or even come close to falling asleep. I took it at 8:30pm and went to bed at 9pm, but ended up getting out of bed at 10pm because I could not sleep. The only difference I feel is a huge headache this morning.
I was prescribed Seroquel at 50 mg dosage in September of 2009 for insomnia. While Seroquel helped me to fall asleep fast, I began suffering from what seemed to be sleep deprivation. In May of 2010, I began gradually weaning myself off the Seroquel in order to determine if the med was causing my sleep deprived state. When I was down to 6 mg I developed a rebound of insomnia, and due to desperation and school finals, I increased my dosage of Seroquel abruptly.
This seemed to happen for about 2 weeks for every time I lowered my dosage.. I want to stay off the meds and I was wondering A: are these side affects normal? and B: How long until the drug is completely out of my system?. I also must say that the severe side affects I had before have now disappeared, especially the paranoia which I never had EVER in my life...... My Doc keeps telling me all I experienced was due to anxiety but honesty that's what they all say and I think they're full of crud..
If this is the case, then it is in my opinion not a bad choice, though some would argue there are better(safer) options due to the risk factors involved with the class of drugs to which Seroquel belongs. There are a number of other(*safer*) drugs that are being prescribed for sleeping issues which includes antihistamines such as Atarax/ Hydroxyzine or Phenergan/Promethazine or small doses of tricyclic drugs like Doxepin/Sinequan, Mianserin/Tolvon and many more.
That's dangerous since you can't confirm what dosage you'll get. I'd call that doctor and ask for 25mg pills (maybe 10 of them so the cost wouldn't be outrageous). I urge people to take their Doctor's advice, but I agree with your apprehension about taking such a large dose.
The company that makes Seroquel mentioned one week of side-effects after stopping Seroquel. They don't mention the dosage and for how long the patients had taken the drug. My doctor was out of reach and my family doctor couldn't help either. I was reaching out to those facing the same thing as I was.
First, the sleepiness you get and second, the weight issue. I've been taking Seroquel for about a year for insomnia and yes, you do sleep the sleep of the dead. The first night I took it my boyfriend said he actually got a mirror and put it under my nose to see if I was still breathing.(haha). And also, when I first started taking I gained 15 lbs. After I realized I was getting fat I told my psychiatrist to take me off the Seroquel IMMEDIATELY.
For everyone reading this, be careful when prescribed seroquel. While doctors can use any approved drug any way they want, this is a serious drug that was illegally marketed (the company was very publicly found liable for this) for just about everything under the sun, but is often used for its unwanted side effects (such as sedation).
HI there, I know seroquel is typically used for anti physcosis, but it was prescribed to me today in 25mg for anxiety. I had a very traumatic event happen yesterday, and saw the therapist today. The md prescribed this on her suggestion. I have been reading up on the side effects and it seems for the most part they are extremely mild if any at all at this dosage (I am to take 1 before bedtime and 1/2 tablet during the day if needed). Anyone else had experience with this drug?
i've been on clonazepam for about 2 1/2 month months now and the only difference noted is my agitation and racing thoughts not much help with anxiety. the seroquel helps with my insomnia i just started that about 2 weeks ago right now i'm in the process of changing psych because i can't deal with the panic attacks anymore and i'm planning on or should i say have already slowed downed my clonazepam. anyone have any insight on what help with panic attack.
I have been on and off Seroquel for almost 4 years. Other than some serious weight gain (60 lbs. in 14 months), the effects for me were nothing short of a miracle - suffering from Cyclothymia (lower level Bipolar, mood disorder, hypomania and acute insomnia), this was a miracle drug for me. I had tried all of the regular suspects: lamictal, topamax, trileptal, trazedone, geodon, invega (which caused a pituitary mass/tumor), etc. the Seroquel was what worked.
Seroquel is a legit treatment for opiate w/d's -- but don't stay on them for more than you need them, and if you're taking them for a while, it's advisable to taper off them ... Go to the Seroquel website, and gather as much scientific information as you can -- knowledge is power, blah, blah, blah -- but anecdotal information is a bit dodgy, although in many cases useful. Be thakful you get sleep with it, but when it's time to taper, it's time to taper.
I don't know how being pregnant will play into this, but the withdrawal off 2mg would probably cause some undue stress to the baby and I would not recommend it. As for the Seroquel - I take 25mg for sleep once in a while, my doc gave it too me after my detox as a non-addicitve sleep med. I may take it a couple times per month, but I took it every day for a few weeks after the detox. Not sure the effect on the fetus, but if your doc is giving it to you, they should know the risks.
I've been prescribed damn near every drug imaginable for insomnia - none of them seem to really work for withdrawals. The sleep is still fitful even into the PAWS period. Here's my experience, please let me know if you have a better suggestion: Trazadone: makes me extremely drowsy - get about a half-hour sleep, then RLS in my arms the rest of the night.
To my knowledge, neither klonopin nor seroquel would be first line treatments for insomnia. Seroquel is certainly sedating, but that's a side effect, not its purpose. It can also cause pretty severe weight gain and diabetes, so to take it just for insomnia seems like overkill. As for your withdrawal, are you in withdrawal? You don't state what your symptoms are. Not everyone gets bad withdrawals, in fact most don't.
the dopiness mentioned was more of a drugged out stupor for me and only occurred at dosage changes. Tingling in the fingers or toes lessens over time; occasionally have bad days. I do tend to have numbness in the tips of my fingers most of the time. These things I've gotten use to. What I've finally discovered from reading here, is the cause of the hair loss which was extreme over the last six months.
I am still waiting for some tests back. As for my insomnia, I have been having this strange sensation that my brain was putting the light switch back on when I was about to fall asleep. It's almost as though my brain is trying prevent me from sleeping. In some ways, it's almost a "twitch". I heard there is a rare form of insomnia that's fatal (FFI?). How likely is it that one could get it? Can I get tested for it?
Right now I take 5mg of valium three times a day and then 15mg of valium at night with melatonin and calms forte since the whole snowball that started this was insomnia some 20 years ago when my father died and I lost my whole family. Back then though tryptophan worked great for me and was all I needed for insomnia until they pulled it from the market.
Medications for psychiatric or psychological problems are completely ineffective, including Ativan, Seroquel, Trazadone, cymbalta, and many others. After hospitalization for a miscarriage and surgery to stop the bleeding, it was determined that even narcotics such as morphine, phentenol, codeine, etc, were also totally ineffective. Even after 5 days in such a controlled environment, I was totally unable to sleep until my 1 medication was given.
I WASN'T ON ANY MEDS FOR THE ADD BEFORE CUZ I WASN'T DIAGNOSED UNTIL I WAS 19 BUT THE PROZAC REALLY HELPED ME CONCENTRATE AND STAY FOCUSED. I WAS ON AMBIEN TOO, FOR INSOMNIA AND THAT HELPED ME. THE AMBIEN PUT ME TO SLEEP AND THE PROZAC WOKE ME UP. I DIDN'T GAIN ANY WEIGHT, BUT I MAY HAVE LOST A FEW POUNDS. WHATEVER IT WAS THE RESULTS WERE SLIGHT, BUT THE PROZAC HELPED ME IN WAYS I COULDN'T IMAGINE.
I saw a doctor, told I have panic disorder (I think I have Agoraphobia too, but I was not told that) and was prescribed Paxil, with Xanax as needed. I took the Paxil for a few years, making a few dosage changes along the wayI never needed to take a Xanax and I didn't have any panic attacks, but it made me more depressed and lethargic over time. I also too it with Wellbutrin for about a year but didn’t feel any benefits from that. I was then put on Effexor.
Nurse above is absolutely correct. Seroquel is used for insomnia in smaller doses than would be precribed for the psychotic applications.
I am on the following medications, and I'll tell ya why... Abilify This is my mood stabilizer for Bipolar disorder, as well as my anti-psychotic. Ativan I take Ativan as needed for anxiety. B6 I take 2 B6 a day to help with anxiety. Buspar This is supposed to help with anxiety, but I don't know if really does or not. Carafate I am prescribed 4 of these a day to handle my stomach ulcers. The ulcers are almost gone thanks to this medication!
I was swithced to Rozerem for sleep after developing severe akathisia from one of my other medications- I was taking risperdal and seroquel. I got off of the risperdal and seroquel and my neurologist put me on xanax to control the akathisia symptoms. I was beginning to feel better for a little while and now i am feeling worse and worse. The only thing new into the mix is the initiation of Rozerem for sleep.
I am taking 10mg of Lexapro and 400MG of Neurontin at night for GAD and insomnia. Should I add a third medicine like Ambien to put me asleep, the neurontin seems to work well for minor anxiety but dosen't really knock me out, like something like seroquel, which worked well but gave me some breathing problems with SSRI drugs. Maybe i should increase both drugs, i am taking, but i worry about the potential of a seizure with increase dosage.
depending what you are on it for and your dosage depends on how likely you are to get side effects ( lower the dose less likely to get serious side effects but not always)
I started the xanax with the seroquel as I've had terrible insomnia for years. I did what you said today and took 5mg am and 5mg afternoon and will take 10 tonight but still feel a little jittery.
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