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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.

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I have had the most disturbing dreams of my life with Seroquel. About six months ago I started on 50mg of Seroquel as a sleep med. I was on a ton of other meds at the time, and was also undergoing ECT.

Then 5 months ago I switched up everything; stopped ECT, upped Seroquel to 200mg as a mood stabilizer, cut all the rest of meds except 100mg of Zoloft and 50mg of Lamictal (which I was intending to eventually increase as a way to replace Seroquel). I also take 20mg of Buspar occasionally on an as-needed basis for anxiety.

I am a 5'8" female and at the time weighed between 105-120lbs (it varies a lot). But either way I believe the 200mg dose of Seroquel for someone of my size (who was not intending to use Seroquel as an anti-psychotic) was kind of a high dose. I was ZONKED OUT. So exhausted all the time, although admittedly getting much better.

During this period if someone tapped me to wake me up, I would wake up with a scream. I never felt that I was having nightmares though.

For the last couple of months I have been reducing the Seroquel, and am now down to 25mg. As I started reducing I began noticing that I was having incredibly vivid dreams. Most of them are not nightmares (I don't wake up breathing heavily or with my heart racing and adrenalin pumping) but I find this incredibly disturbing. I have started to have trouble sleeping and so decided to go back up to 50mg one night to get better sleep. Instead I had the most disturbed sleep of my life. My dreams were so vivid and realistic that they felt more real than actual life; I woke up feeling that I had been awake all night because I was so present in my dreams. Real life seemed flat and comparison and I felt very unsettled and upset by this all day.

I usually take my anxiety med (Buspar) before going to sleep now and that seems to help somewhat. I don't have a history of hallucinating, and have never really even been able to remember dreams in my life so this is pretty out of character for me. I suspect I first started becoming aware of the dreams when I began tapering down the med because I had been so knocked out before I was too out of it to notice or remember the dreams.

I know it sounds silly (being so scared of dreams that aren't even nightmares) but I've just found the whole thing incredibly disturbing
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