Seroquel for insomnia and anxiety

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I seen a clinical puschologists today and she got the doctor to write a script for seroquil 25 mg. Anybody ever try this? Apparently it is not an approved use, but they say it works for insomnia at reduced doses.
my son was put on seroquel for sleep. he became VERY addicted to it and absolutely could NOT sleep without it. it took about two weeks and a major change in daily activities (exercising, walking, etc.) before he could go to sleep on his on.
the doctor put my husband on seroquel for anxiety. i was on them last year from my psychiatrist for sleep. of course i can't gauge how they worked because i was just adding them to the stew as it were. his are extended release. mine were not. the doctor gave him samples to last 1 month. he seems to be doing well on them, but i know my husband. these are going to be expensive even with insurance.
It makes you really sleepy so don't drive. But it does help with anxiety and insomnia and bad dreams. I am now at 600 mg. Over long periods of time u will get immune to lower doses. I take seroquel xr which is extended release where u take it at night and the benefits last all day. Not just at night. U won't be sleepy all day, just at night when u first take it. I have taken it for long term because it helps a lot.
I had a prescription for flurazapam for years but about a year ago stopped taking it and finally slept on my own. Back in July I went on a cruise, came back and the insomnia hit again worse than ever. I went to a sleep clinic where I slept for 40 minutes in 8 hours. ( I don't remember sleeping at all) They said I have sleep apnea and gave me a CPAP machine. There is no way I can fall asleep wearing that, and the doctor wanted to stop giving me anything to help sleep.
The Lexapro is out of my system by now, but the anxiety is still here. I don't know why he prescribed an ssri for insomnia, unless he thoutht I was depressed and that depression was causing the anxiety.
Seroquel is a serious drug for serious mental illness. It was illegally marketed by the manufacturer (who has been fined and sued successfully for this) for just about everything. So this isn't a drug I would take for sleep (taking any drug for sleep can be a problem long-term, so I hope you're looking for the solution and not just relying on medication) given the strong side effect profile of drugs intended to treat psychosis.
i am currently takin prescribed medication for my issue on sleep like Seroquel by my Internal Medicine Doctor but i hate takin these seroquel pills thanx god i really dont take my seroquel pill once a night hardly ever i would take a xanax right b4 bedtime 2 c if i can get 2 sleep a faster way then druggin my body knocking out 2 sleep..i dont like the way seroquel makes me feel i will wake up the next day feeling even more tired like i didnt get enough sleep.
Personally it works really well for me anxiety, hypomanic moments and I am darned sure my depression. This med is great, there is a lot of flexibility in dosing, personally, and I'm not going to say this is for anyone else, if I feel really anxious, I call in a "Manic Panic", I can add an extra 50-100mgs a day during those periods of time.(with permission of my pdoc). He prefers this over taking ativan or other drugs in that class. I am rapid cycling and mixed states.
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 was given Seroquel by my doctor for anxiety and insomnia. Neither of these are FDA approved uses, but the VA try's to avoid any "addictive" medications. Well it WORKS for insomnia-you will sleep like a rock and FEEL like a rock the next day. I also gained 45lbs in 3 months!!! I have weighed in the 120's to lower 130's my entire adult life! A friend who had gone off of it due to this same problem advised me to start monitoring my blood sugar. Sure enough-I had FASTING levels of 200!!
My advice, other than not to sleep in till late (hard when you feel exhausted) would be to discuss this with your doctor and to perhaps ask for a short course of either sleep or anti-anxiety medication. Going for long periods with disturbed and inadequate sleep is crazy and can leave us feeling very vulnerable. Take care.
Hey Everyone! I have been on Seroquel for ten years now and feel that it is time to get off. I have had to go cold turkey before and hated it. I went through sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, twitches, NO SLEEP, cant eat, anxiety, fight with everyone and many other things. Those are just the most annoying. I was off it for six months before and maybe got a total of two hundred hours of sleep. I was in jail and they cut me cold turkey.
i used to be on Seroquel too, as well as various other anti-psychotics, and for the miost part, it would hold me, but since I was working in a "war zone," meds can only do so much. As you recognized, living in q hostile environment works against getting a chance to get better.
During all this I started a new job and I would lay in bed at night and have bad anxiety and panic attacks and I could not sleep . I stated taking .5 alprazolam and it helped for a little while then nothing. My dr. Started me on ambien and lunesta with little relief from either drug. The I started 100mg of trazadone with my .5 alprazolam. I started with a quarter of the trazadone .25 and quickly went all the way up to 200. And still it was a coin toss if I was going to sleep or not.
And would sleep walk (and talk, and eat) with Ambien. But if it works for you? Maybe Lunesta. I was on Seroquel for a short time. That stuff would absolutely knock me out. It was the only thing I've found which could do that. It's not usually prescribed just for insomnia alone though. Good luck. Let us know if you find something which works for you!!
I have been taking Remeron(Mirtazapine) for 5 1/2 years for insomnia and anxiety. It has many side effects; non-stop appetite, weight gain, lethargy, depersonalization, derealization (removed from reality), nightmares, memory problems(foggy head) . I have tried to quit a dozen times or more. I've tapered slowly, quit cold turkey, and substituted other medicines such as elavil.
I am taking about 120mg of Quetiapine (seroquel) each night and have been for about 8 years now for anxiety and insomnia. However, now that I'm about to undergo IVF, I am worried that it might adversely affect the embryo, the foetus/both. I take no other medications. Does anybody know if it is a significant risk to take seroquel during pregnancy? Is there any other Mums o Mums to be who took it through their pregnancy? Thanks everyone.
Hi There Just to let you know I sucessfully got off seroquel about a year ago. I had stomach cramps and diaharreah for a couple of weeks, but the withdrawal symptoms subsided.
My anxiety is very bad right now and I need sleep. SOOO sleep deprived. Hopefully this seroquel xr 50mg will help with insomnia, anxiety and appetite soon.
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.
within another few weeks he was back on both pills at increased doses (450mg of seroquel), temazepam for insomnia which did not work, and 40mg valium a day for anxiety. 3-4 weeks passed and the pills were not taking effect, and symptoms of insomnia and panic ever increasing along with talk of suicide which he was fearing. he hardly slept, needed to take leave from work for his last two weeks, and had lost a significant amount of weight. finally, after 6 weeks he took his own life.
I take seroquel in 150mg and it don't do **** at all any more i have to swallow 2 pills to knock me out I.
As to seroquel this is my Godsend drug and kept me almost stable for 2 years now and can't substitute it at the moment. In egypt it isn't very expensive, i.e. almost affordable. But the bad thing i started my dose at 50mg now i am on 150mg. So if really this valerian root (not only mimic the benzos but has anticonvulsant properties) can reduce my dose then it's better of course. We need more data on this and REAL experience from patients here.
it has a very very low abuse liability and addiction potential thats why a lot of therapist try patients asking for meds for insomnia or anxiety during the night to try and take seroquel first cuz its less likely to be abused, it has no recreational effects. it just makes u feel like zombie, emotionally numb, and knock you out.
My Pdoc started rispeidone for a questionable hypomanic episode and I encountered significant insomnia and a feeling of anxiety and edginess after starting this medicine and then requested my Pdoc to start tapering it.I feel better now after my dose has come down to 0.5mg at night from 3mg initially for 2 months though the sleep disturbances remain but anxiety and agitation has decreased significantly.
hi make sure the thyroid meds aren't adding to the problem as well. I am on Zoloft and the earlier i take it the better i sleep.It stimulates the sleep center in the brain and theres no way i can get a wink of sleep if i take it later than 2:00 in the afternoon. The morning is the best time to take it. My best friend is on the Wellbutrin and a small amount of the Zoloft and she is feeling ok except for headaches.
I take paxil for depression and buspar for anxiety. Medications work differently for all people. Get to a good pyschiatrist and let him diagnosis you and give you the right medication. Good luck and keep us posted.
I can still move its terrible. Doc prescribed seryquil for sleep and effexor for the anxiety but nothing is helping... it really feels like the worst thing in the world, I used to sleep 8 hours a night no problem, now I forget what that feels like all together. My heart goes out to everyone suffering from this. From what I understand FFI is about the rarest condition you could get so the odds of anyone having that on this forum are almost impossible.
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