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Unread 05-10-2011, 06:29 PM   #1
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Question Seroquel and vivid dreams

Does taking Seroquel XR cause vivid dreams? Has anyone else had any experience of this?

I only take 100 mgs about 3 hours before bed. For the past month or so, my dreams have been very vivid, very easy to recall, and sometimes rather disturbing. Not nightmares exactly, just... intense.

I've been on meds since the end of January--300 mgs of Effexor XR in the morning, 100 mgs of Seroquel XR at night, and hydraclorothyazide and lisinopril for blood pressure.

I can't tell if the dreams are from my issues being stirred up or from the meds. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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I also take 75 to 100 at bed time, but my dreams were already intense before the seroquel, sounds like you noticed a change. Maybe a good dr question.
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I also had crazy dreams pre-seroquel, but they seem to be a bit more colorful now that i'm on it. But it's only been about two weeks, so we'll see if it continues. Good luck.... at least for me, the dreams are the least of my side effect concerns.
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I had crazy out-of-this-world dreams after being on seroquel. Used to make me feel as though something was wrong with me
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i had crazy dreams, very vivid. I would jump out of my sleep screaming.
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I had the most amazingly realistic dreams when I was first on seroquel. And embarassingly enough many of those dreams were intensley sexual. I'm embarassed to say, many times I would wake up mid orgasm... I won't tell you what I was dreaming about. In fact there were nights when I woke up three or four times on the verge of... well, you can guess.

I don't know if this is the sort of dream you're troubled by. I also had dreams of violence, where I was involved in fights, or wars, or natural disasters. But the ones that made me most miserable were the sexual ones.

Well, it's got MUCH better. The dreams are still very realistic, but they're not so much sexual or violent anymore. I do sometimes get confused as to what really happened, and what I dreamt, but that happened to me before meds anyway, so I'm not sure it's the seroquel.

Whatever you dream, don't feel bad about it, it's probably just your brain and hormones getting used to the new drug. You'll get used to it. My sexual dreams now are not much worse than what I used to have before the meds, and they're only once or twice a month, so it's not as exhaustingly embarassing.
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Thanks everyone.

mgran, I want your dreams! lol!

My dreams aren't sexual, they are just odd and occasionally violent or gory. Last night I dreamed about aliens and these people who could see them. Two of the people had a baby and I kept playing with the baby and finally the guy said, "You know you shouldn't just pick up another person's baby and play with it," and that kind of irked me because I wasn't hurting the baby and I'd been sitting with all of them for hours.

It's more the quality--so vivid and real.

You know, I wasn't having dreams for quite a long while pre-Seroquel, and that was odd for me, as I usually dream a lot when I'm not deeply depressed. I was badly insomniac and not sleeping at all some nights. So now that I sleep all night every night, maybe I'm just catching up!
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BTW I actually kind of enjoy the dreams and look forward to them. So that's good I guess. I've taken a few of them to therapy.
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You don't want my dreams! Okay, here's an example... I was raped when I was nineteen, and a virgin. As you can imagine, it was bloody awful. On seroquel I have had dreams where I was being raped, it was awful, painful, humiliating... I was crying my eyes out... and I still woke up with orgasms.

Since the dreams have been less sexual, they've still been very intense and realistic. I've dreamt that I've been hiding underground with a group of rebels, resisting those in control of society... I could write you a narrative of our experiences resisting the "overlords." I've had really vivid dreams of just about everything... hiding out in a primary school, realising we'd been compromised, running zigzag hoping we'd get beyond the line of fire, etc.

Apart from those dreams I have a lot of dreams that are SO realistic that I really don't know whether a dream happened or not. So, if I dream that I phoned the woman my ex most recently dumped, I don't know... I remember the conversation in detail, I remember how blumming sorry I feel for her being in my position... but I still can't ask her if I phoned her, because it's so embarassing.

Here is something I really appreciate as a quote, how I should react to the weirdness of dreams... it's relevant to anyone.

In dreams begin responsibility.
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