Seroquel sleep aid

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Seroquel is a strong antipsychotic agent. While it does cause drowsiness, using it for sleep alone could bring along unwanted side effects or even new medical conditions. Using a medicine specifically prescribed as a sleep aid would be a better option than exploiting a side effect of seroquel. Also, patients who currently take seroquel often feel drowsy throughout the entire day.
I am not sure how long Seroquel would work as a sleep aid. I found it sedating when I first started using it, but now I take 700mg each day and it doesn't make me sleepy at all.
The first six weeks on the seroquel as sleep aid, i was in a fantastic mood, it has this effect, but after that I went down a bit. So I realized that I had depression, i had thought my bad feelings were caused by the lack of sleep, but it was the depression causing the lack of sleep best of luck Any thing is better than lying there awake hey ! Then you see the morning coming and you are exhausted.
my doctor gave me seroquel for sleep also, it does tend to make me groggy the next day,so she said for me to try to lower the dose to 25 mgs, it is a common side effect of seroquel and i guess if it effects you this way then it will always effect you this way, my doc told me this side effect doesnt go away with time. but if it helps you sleep while going through withdrawals than take advantage of the times where you CAN sleep...
I was depressed, it turns out from benzos, and the dr said I was atypical bipolar and started me on seroquel. Seoquel was like a bad acid dream, visions in my head, made me so out of it, and my heart rate went up to >125. Some people seem to tolerate it for as simple a use as a sleep aid, but my heart rate has still not gone back to normal.
It was my psychiatrist that gave me the nortriptyline and it didn't work, ( made my mouth and toungue numb), then went a few days with nothing BUT the gabapentin, then he called and put me on the Seraquel. I'm on a 12.5mg. dose, and it does seem to help me sleep. That is what it is for, just a sleep aid. Sorry for going on so much, I guess this is also a response to JJ..... *S* Hi JJ .....
I DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND OPEN A NEW POST SINCE IT WAS THE WEEKEND AND THINGS ARE USUALLY SLOW SO HERE GOES....I HAVE BEEN ON A SLEEP AID FOR 3 YEARS NOW AND IT'S CALLED SEROQUEL. BUT I READ THAT SEROQUEL CAUSES SOME HEPATITIC SOMETHING OR OTHER IN 15% OF PATIENTS THAT USE IT. THAT WORRIES ME SOME AND I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE IT TO SOMETHING ELSE BUT I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO CHANGE IT TO.
I don't think that would work. I need the Seroquel at bedtime to put me to sleep. I don't sleep if I just take a small dose, and if I don't sleep I get manic, and when if I get manic I can get delusional. I primarily take it for its antipsychotic properties, and the fact that it puts me to sleep at night is a bonus. Sometimes, when I am even just a little manic, my dose of immediate release 450mg isn't enough to put me to sleep. Then I have to use Xanax.
I was given Seroquel as a sleep aide in last Dec. I immediately started to gain weight. And stopped the Seroquel immediately (mid Dec). I know this is one of the side effects. I gained about 5lbs. Being 5'9" and weighing 135, I felt the 5 extra pounds would come off with eating better and a few more yoga classes . But the weight kept coming. I got down to a dietary intake of about 1000 cals. But that mad no difference.
I take seroquel specifically and only for sleep. However, I haven't been able to find another sleep aid that works better than seroquel. This is my dilemma.
I take meclizine for the nausea, valium for the brain shocks, and now Seroquel for insomnia. Valium I can quit cold turkey(long half-life). Its seroquel that has me concerned because it antagonizes many parts of the brain that Remeron does creating a sedative effect possibly making it addictive. Am I robbing Peter To pay Paul???? Has anyone had experiences with Remeron(mirtazapine) or Seroquel (quetiapine). Particularly withdrawal Experiences.
I saw my psychiatrist yesterday and she keeps pushing Seroquel. I have tried Seroquel and Seroquel XR three times and had the same adverse reaction to it each time. It makes me hypermanic and gives me a bad case of akathisia. All three times, it was terrible; I just couldn't calm down. But, she just keeps after it, along with the other anti-psychotics, all with the high potential for agitation and akathisia... I mean, BUSPAR, agitated the heck out of me, 5mgs of CELEXA agitated me....
I've tried Abilify before and it wasn't effective, especially since I am an insomniac, so the Seroquel has been the only medication that I've tried that has the added sedative benefit without the need for a sleep aid.... it's tough trying to find the right combination of medication, and of course, I'm of the mind that the least amount of medication to treat the symptoms is the best route to go.
I reduced my grandmother's dose of Seroquel from 1/2 of a 25mg tablet to 1/4 and she still has slight TD-like muscle movements of her lips/tongue and head nodding. She has been on this medication since being in the hospital 6 months ago. When I tried to discontinue, she skipped one dose, had strange thoughts, upset stomach and couldn't sleep. She also takes Dilitiazem and Lasix for BP. Is there something safer she can take to keep her calm and sleep?
I hear 25mg is really not high enough to be effective for GAD or anything else other than a sleeping aid (why anyone would take a anti-psych for a sleep aid is beyond me). I hear that 200-300 mg is the dose for treating GAD, BP, and depression. I will be seeing my doc tomorrow to discuss increasing the dosage. Any input from anyone on the "front lines" would be awesome! Cheers!
seroquel(the chemical name-quetipine) is an atypical anti-psychotic, so in layman terms its a drug mainly used for ppl with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, manic episodes, and other mental disorders, but sometimes used off-label as a sleep aid.
Hello, I would like to know if it is safe to fly and be taking medical treatment for a year with Seroquel 300 and Fluoxetine (Prozac). I have to take a plane in a few days and let me know if it is safe to take this treatment ((people taking Seroquel and flew by plane more than 6 hours) I would also like to know the flight experiences in other patients taking Seroquel. Thanks, Anthony.
If indeed you end up having an issue, like the dose may be a bit high, then address that with your doc. Fingers crossed that you get some relief with the Seroquel. It's commonly used as a sleep aid, I've had thousands of patients on it, and my experience with it is that it's tolerated well and is effective for the vast majority of people. Hang in there...and don't let your mind take over! LOL I know easier said than done, but like I've said before, that's your biggest downfall.
I had one doc diagnose me as bipolar but she only observed me for 2 weeks. Seroquel is the only thing that helped me sleep. My insomnia is chronic so i cant just be on a sleep aid short term. I tried zopiclone but it didnt help me. Every antidepressant ive tried so far has made my anxiety and insomnia worse.
if you arent on tx. you may ask your dr. about rozerem a new sleep aid that is non hypnotic. it works on the melatonin receptors but is not melatonin i had to go to a sleep clinic after tx. as i never got back on the sleep track correctly. and treatment made me wired to boot.
ive had 3 nights good sleep and i feel soo much better. anxiety and depression GONE and lots of energy.
For instance, you could be lacking in iodine (I was), or you could have high cortisol. For a natural sleep aid try ashwagandha (Indian genseng). It is an herb that serves to relax you and help you sleep. Also, if the problem be high cortisol, it will help normalize it.
It is a natural sleep aid. One thing that helped me get back on track was exercising. Try and wear yourself out during the day. Also be sure you are eating healthy. Go to bed and get up around the same time. I think it helps to have a pattern like that. Congrats on 7 weeks! You should be very proud of yourself! Just keep on fighting and your body will get back to normal eventually. Best of luck!
Hi - I too have bi-polar with serious sleep problems... I'm currently on Seroquel 200mg/day at night and that puts me to sleep.... I used to have to take OTC medications (quite a bit) or prescribed sleep aids like Ambien.... What medications are you currently taking?
I also dont want to become dependent on it for sleep everynight, but i have become dependent on it. I have been taking somekind of benzo or sleep aid for the past 2 yrs. But after a bed svt episode in december, i have been needing something stronger for my sleep anxiety. My doc also recommended me Lunesta but im too scared to try it, its 3mg. I think that might be a too high of a dose. Does anyone know what can help me sleep without anxiety? Has anyone else tried Lunesta for sleep anxiety.
I don't know if this would work for you but Propanalol is a good drug for calming down the nervous system and so can aid greatly in sleep. This drug is sometimes called Inderal and is a beta-blocker which slows down the heart and circulation. I have found since taking this drug i have slept soundly and my GAD has calmed greatly. I take 40mg x 2 times daily, one when wake up and 1 before bed...... It could help and isn't addictive like other med's......
It is marketed in the United States and other countries as a dietary supplement for use as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid. I have not tried it, but will when I emerge from the beastly first week of WD, I intend to. I have read that 50-100 mg. is an appropriate dose. I naively tried Melatonin the night of day 1, and needless to say, despite the 5 mg. I took, I only slept about 1 hour. DUGH!!!! I learn most from my own stupidity!!!
But, like you, I still have trouble sleeping. I remedy this with an over the counter sleep aid Doxylamine Succinate, 25 mg at bedtime. My pharmacist recommended this to me a long time ago. It is safe to take with the types of meds we are on, it is mild enough to let you fall asleep gently without knocking you out (in fact I can easily stay awake on it if I really want to), and I have never had a negative side-effect from it. It's cheap, and you can find it in the sleep-aid section.
If you've tried pretty much everthing short of a large mallet to the noggin, and you still can't sleep, then seroquel may be just what you need. Officially, seroquel is an Atypical Antipsychotic(AAP) and at higher doses is used for bipolar disorder and Schizoprhenia. At the lower end, its a potent sleep med which works in a similar fashion as an antihistamine. The dosing range for seroquel is enormous, anywhere from 25mgs to 800mgs. For sleep 25-100mgs is all you'd need.
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