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Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate)

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Seroquel®

Generic Name: Quetiapine Fumarate kwe-TYE-a-peen & FU-ma-rate

Drug Class: Antipsychotics

 

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Description
Seroquel is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication and is used to treat patients that suffer from delusions, hallucinations, unorganized thought and hostility.

Seroquel is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

This medicine may also be prescribed to treat severe behavioral problems in children. Your doctor may prescribe this for other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. This medicine should be taken continually, even if you are feeling better. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not take more or less of this medicine that prescribed. Do not share this medicine with other people.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Check with your doctor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience diarrhea, vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking, or unusual muscle weakness.
    • This medicine can cause the following side effects:
      • contipation
      • dizziness
      • drowsiness
      • dry mouth
      • headache
      • weight gain
      • restlessness
      • mild thirst
      • frequent urination
      • drowsiness
      • fine hand tremor
      • mild nausea
    • This medicine may increase blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Diabetic patients should be cautious of this and regularly check their blood sugar.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • Several days to weeks may pass before you feel the the full effects of this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Let your doctor know if you are taking any of the following types of medications:
      • antacids
      • antihistamines
      • diet pills
      • benztropine (Cogentin)
      • bromocriptine (Parlodel)
      • carbamazepine (Tegretol)
      • dicyclomine (Bentyl)
      • fluoxetine (Prozac)
      • guanethidine (Ismelin)
      • lithium
      • meperidine (Demerol)
      • methyldopa (Aldomet)
      • phenytoin (Dilantin)
      • propranolol (Inderal)
      • sedatives
      • trihexyphenidyl (Artane)
      • valproic acid (Depakene)
      • cold medications
      • medications for depression
      • vitamins and herbs
    • Inform your doctor of all the medications you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially if you are taking any of the following:
      • anti-depressant
      • anti-anxiety drugs
      • sparfloxacin
      • grepafloxacin
      • guanethidine
      • guanadrel
      • lithium
      • metrizamide
      • cabergoline
      • tranquilizers
      • barbiturates
      • sleeping pills
      • narcotic pain medication (e.g. codeine)
      • other medicines that make you drowsy.
    • Many cough-and-cold products contain ingredients that may add a drowsiness effect. Before you use cough-and-cold medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of those products..

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Pregnancy/Nursing
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. For women: since this medicine is excreted in human breast milk, you should NOT breastfeed while taking this medicine.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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Cattitude
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Registered: July 2010
Posts: 3
Fri July 16, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: helps with sleep, helps mood swings really effectively
CONS: felt numb, soooo tired always, vivid nightmares, apathy

This med has helped a lot of people I know but I could not take it. I had a doctor give it to me for sleep and mood swings after my fathers death. Boy did I ever sleep.... 0_0. I had no mood swings... I had no mood. I was numb... essentially all it did for me was put off the grieving process for my father. Many meds seem to effect me very hard or not really much at all. Black and white. If you are an insomniac and don't have to function for a couple days, you can definately sleep on this, though.

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otool
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Registered: November 2009
Posts: 2
Fri June 25, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $200.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: side effects

hate it...

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sunnyday
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 16
Wed May 5, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: blocks crazy thoughts
CONS: weight gain

helped with depression and psychotic thoughts, but made want to eat all the time!

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lvas
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Registered: October 2009
Posts: 2
Thu January 28, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Better sleep at night. Less paranoid thinking.
CONS: Weight gain, dizziness at times, pretty expensive with no insurance.

I have taken this med. for years off and on. The first time I took too much and wandered out of my bedroom in a panic naked. But after gradually increasing, the med. helped with paranoid thoughts and fantasies of others "messing with me" or being out to get me. It did make me gain weight and sleep too much at times. It does help with the quality of sleep and how much I sleep.

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TatteredandTorn
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Registered: December 2009
Location: North East England, UK
Posts: 8
Mon December 28, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Helped me sleep
CONS: Made me gain a lot of weight

Quite a bad experience, I gained alot of weight, craved sugary foods 24/7 woke in the middle of the night wanting something sweet to eat. Made me feel really depressed. Wouldn't consider using again!

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phoenix47baby
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Registered: September 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 619
Tue November 17, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: none
CONS: very sedating, weight gaining

very sedating, weight gaining

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lwatterton
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Registered: October 2009
Fri October 16, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: full night sleep, mood stabilization
CONS: unable to awaken at night

After 14 years of trying find the right med combination for BPD, I finally got it right. I take 800mg of Tegretol and 200mg of Seroquel and I have never been more stable (for almost a year now - no episodes!). I used to take 50mg of Seroquel PRN for sleep, but I was prescribed a larger dose during a particularly nasty manic episode & it was awesome. I don't recommend particular meds for people b/c everyone is different & some things work better/worse for others - I leave prescribing to Psychiatrists. I work in mental health & I have seen this med work wonders for some of my guys too.

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Ripshod
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Registered: August 2009
Fri August 14, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Restful sleep, calm thoughts and no nightmares
CONS: Weight gain. Elevated Cholesterol??

I suffer from amphetamine induced psychosis. I've tried various meds, but Quetiapine just does the biz. I've been taking them now for 8-9 years (500mg per day) and enjoy a normal(?) life. I did notice shortly after starting this med that I was starting to gain weight. I don't eat a lot, regularly skipping meals for 2 days at a time, but my weight has gone up from 63 to 80 kilos. A recent concern has been elevated cholesterol levels (6.8, up from 4.8). I've been looking into this and after reading several studies I find I'm not the only one concerned. I'm just watching this one, which is going to escalate over the coming months though I can't see a definite conclusion being drawn within the next couple of years.

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thinker22
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Registered: June 2009
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 2113
Tue July 7, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helps me sleep 8-10 hrs per night, diminishes negative voices and hallucinations.
CONS: Drowsiness, dizziness

Helps me sleep 8-10 hrs per night. Decreases anxiety. No problems with what it's being used for in my case.

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Quorrah
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Registered: June 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 34
Thu June 25, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Helped stabilize my moods tremendously!
CONS: I now have cholesterol, short term memory, and diabetes problems.

The side effects WAY OUTWEIGH the positives.

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runnergrrl
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 1
Mon June 15, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $35.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: helps with sleep, at first
CONS: weight gain, grogginess all the time, no interest in sex, withdrawal is horrible

I have posted multiple times in this forum. Unfortunately, this site doesn't have an edit option so I could add to my posts. So, please read above post and come back to this one when finished. I am on month 5 of my withdrawal problems from Seroquel. I still can't sleep at night. I have tried everything. Even staying up 36 hours doesn't help. I don't have insurance and can't afford to see a doctor. I am in a living hell and don't know if I will ever get out. I strongly encourage people to find another alternative to this drug. It is not worth it. I think my brain is damaged forever.

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toriiixx
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Registered: June 2009
Location: galway newyork
Posts: 11
Sat June 13, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: NONE
CONS: gives me restless sleep, tired all the time, dizzy, gained a lot of weight

My doctor prescribed this to me for my bipolar and insomnia. It didn't help with my bipolar and seeing as my insomnia wasn't getting any better he continued raising my dose and now I'm at 100mg

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sunnyday
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 16
Wed June 3, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: helps with sleep
CONS: can't wake up in the morning, even with small dose, weight gain

This drug is way strong for me even at small doses, I just couldn't tolerate it.It made me want to eat all the time.

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runnergrrl
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 1
Fri March 20, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: helps with sleep, at first
CONS: weight gain, grogginess all the time, no interest in sex, withdrawal is horrible

I have been on Seroquel for the past 3 years. During this time I have had it at 600 mg and then in the past few months 200 mg. When I first started it, I gained 20 lbs. When I went down to 20 mg I lost 15 lbs. Now that I am off Lithium my doctor wants me back up to 600 mg. It's been only a week and I have already gained 5 lbs. I really hate taking this drug. I wish I could stop it. ---- ------ 8/19/08 I am going to start to withdraw from this drug. It will take me a while since I am on 800 mg. I will let you know what happens along the way. Hopefully weight loss is on the list. ------ 2/2/09 I believe it is important to let you all know that if you ever want to withdrawal from this drug someday, that you should do so under a doctor's supervision. With that said, I had to do mine without a doctor's supervision because I can not get health insurance due to my bi-polar pre-existing condition. I love America. I started weening off the medication the first week of December. I stopped the medication after a pretty fast withdrawal period three weeks ago which would be 1/11/09. The withdrawal has been the hardest I have ever had to come off of with Effexor and Cimbalta in my past experiences. The first 5 days were the worst. I had severe nausea (throwing up, diahrrea, could not eat), itching, and of course could not sleep. After 5 days the nausea and itching went away, but the insomnia remained. I have been off the drug completely for 3 weeks and have not gotten more than 2 hours of sleep at night. This would be night 22 and I am still awake at 2 am. I have tried EVERYTHING to get to sleep. I finally looked up the term rebound insomnia and found that this is what is the problem. I read that it is something that I will get over in three weeks time (now). But, in rare cases, it could last longer. There is nothing that can get this to go away unless you take another sleeping pill to help with sleep. I don't have insurance, so I can't see a doctor about it so I don't have any option but to wait it out. I seriously would consider going on this drug if this is the first time you are going to use it. If you are going to get off of it, you will suffer some discomfort no matter how much you wean yourself off of it. I wish that doctors would share the negatives of this drug before giving it to patients. When I got off of it, my mom said it was like having her daughter back. Seroquel is not a drug to take lightly. ------ 3/19/09 I am still going through rebound insomnia. I have been off this drug for more than 2 months now and I still can't sleep. I tried to take Ambien and it did not work. I can't fall asleep until around 5-6am in the morning. I wake up every hour after I fall asleep and I can't sleep past noon. I am very tired. It's very depressing. I can hardly function and find myself just wanting to lay in bed all day. I have tried to exercise my rear off, I have tried everything, nothing works. I have read some other people's comments and some say that they haven't gotten sleep after 7 months. I got really sick 3 weeks ago and can't shake the cough and I am pretty sure it's because I can't get adequate rest. If anyone has any suggestions please email me!

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soc1
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Registered: February 2009
Location: in a cold place looking for warmth
Posts: 19
Sun February 22, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $500.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: stopped psychotic mania
CONS: extremely sedating, mind numbing, takes away motivation, abdominal pain, tinnitus...

I was given this drug for psychotic mania after taking antidepressants for chronic pain. Got diagnosed with BP 1. I took it for many months and then slowly weened off. Side effects were brain fog, inability to concentrate or remember things, lack of motivation, sleepy all the time. I weened off when I started getting really bad upper right quadrant abdominal pain and also had diarrhea. It took months to get of off. Side effects of withdrawal were insomnia, hot and cold flashes, headaches, bad skin and acne, and a really bad case of tinnitus which still hasn't gone away even though I'm off this drug completely now. It was really hard to get off of and I wish I had never taken it.

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catherine richards
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Registered: February 2009
Location: great falls mt
Thu February 19, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: less mood swings for my son
CONS: it knocks him out at night and there are so many unanswered questions about approval for children

my 8 yr old son is on 1000ml daily. It does help him in certain areas such as calming down long enough to talk to him. Without it he went into rages and it was difficult to communicate with him on a calm level. But it is not approved for children and there are so many unanswered questions on the long term effects. This makes is difficult as a parent to make decisions like this that could potentially harm him later in life.

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Tinaleigh
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Registered: February 2009
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 25
Thu February 5, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: really helps regulate my emotion
CONS: extreme dry mouth, shaking hands

I'm on 1500mg. I got used to most of the side effects like dry mouth and light sedation, but the hand shakes are more difficult to get used to. I have to tell people that I'm on medication to explain why I'm shaking. On a different note, Lithium has greatly affected my alcohol tolerance, and if I don't take it every night and morning I get huge hangovers.

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runnergrrl
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 1
Mon February 2, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: helps with sleep, at first
CONS: weight gain, grogginess all the time, no interest in sex, withdrawal is horrible

I have been on Seroquel for the past 3 years. During this time I have had it at 600 mg and then in the past few months 200 mg. When I first started it, I gained 20 lbs. When I went down to 20 mg I lost 15 lbs. Now that I am off Lithium my doctor wants me back up to 600 mg. It's been only a week and I have already gained 5 lbs. I really hate taking this drug. I wish I could stop it. ---- ------ 8/19/08 I am going to start to withdraw from this drug. It will take me a while since I am on 800 mg. I will let you know what happens along the way. Hopefully weight loss is on the list. ------ 2/2/09 I believe it is important to let you all know that if you ever want to withdrawal from this drug someday, that you should do so under a doctor's supervision. With that said, I had to do mine without a doctor's supervision because I can not get health insurance due to my bi-polar pre-existing condition. I love America.I started weening off the medication the first week of December. I stopped the medication after a pretty fast withdrawal period three weeks ago which would be 1/11/09. The withdrawal has been the hardest I have ever had to come off of with Effexor and Cimbalta in my past experiences. The first 5 days were the worst. I had severe nausea (throwing up, diahrrea, could not eat), itching, and of course could not sleep. After 5 days the nausea and itching went away, but the insomnia remained. I have been off the drug completely for 3 weeks and have not gotten more than 2 hours of sleep at night. This would be night 22 and I am still awake at 2 am. I have tried EVERYTHING to get to sleep. I finally looked up the term rebound insomnia and found that this is what is the problem. I read that it is something that I will get over in three weeks time (now). But, in rare cases, it could last longer. There is nothing that can get this to go away unless you take another sleeping pill to help with sleep. I don't have insurance, so I can't see a doctor about it so I don't have any option but to wait it out. I seriously would consider going on this drug if this is the first time you are going to use it. If you are going to get off of it, you will suffer some discomfort no matter how much you wean yourself off of it. I wish that doctors would share the negatives of this drug before giving it to patients. When I got off of it, my mom said it was like having her daughter back. Seroquel is not a drug to take lightly.

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jesslh
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Registered: January 2009
Sat January 3, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: I can sleep
CONS: A little weight gain

Before Seroquel, I would actually wake up having panic attacks...... yes.... I apparently had them in my sleep (they are mania-induced)! Alprazolam helped calm them, but it certainly is not a preventative med. 25 mg of Seroquel has cut dowm on the night-time panic attacks...... from 2 or 3 a week to about once every few months!!! It has also helped with my Bipolar I (I am still trying other meds to take during the day.... it knocks me out). I have gained about 8 lbs, but starting to take it off with diet and exercise, which, of course, have their own benefits!

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freddyfear
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Registered: November 2008
Sat November 15, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I should mention that I also use marihuana on a daily basis, which has some effects that are simular to some of the side effects of these meds. also i quite like the effects deanrobbins mentions when he takes seroquel (It puts me to sleep in about a half hour but it's a terrifying half hour. I start losing my ability to think, my memory, my motor skills and coordination, then finally lose consciousness.) although it's sometimes a bit scary (feels like i'm dying or I suddenly realize I'm not breathing) I quite like these side effects. when I smoke a joint and take the meds, these effects get even more heavy. and a negative aspect for me is that I have to take these meds every day at athe same time. since I sleep 8-9 hours after taking them, I have to take them at about half past ten so I can get up at 7-8 o'clock. this has been a problem sometimes if I have to work late and still get up early. (I'm an artist and when I have deadlines it's sometimes not possible to take my meds on time, because I have to finnish a project) these moments I can't take 'em and then I don't sleep. (don't even get tired)

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freddyfear
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Registered: November 2008
Sat November 15, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: finally get some sleep, less repetitive thoughts
CONS:

I have been taking Seroquel for about 4 years now and it has helped me a lot. I started on 200mg a day, which was raised to 400mg a day after a suicide attempt. I have never gotten a real diagnose from my psy, only that I've gotten some personality dissorder and something else which i've forgotten. I actually don't care anymore what I've got, I can cope with life now, that's enough for me. Main reason for taking these meds were depressive symptoms which led to panic attacks. Low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, reocuring thoughts, ... Now I can still have these thoughts, but I can handle them now. I can just say to myself it's ok and go on with my life, while I used to not be able to stop thinking about them. I really like the side-effect that makes me sleepy. I have gotten sleep-issues most of my life; from nightmares to sleepwalking (early part of my life) and insomnia (later part). Now I fall asleep 30-45 minutes after I take my meds and wake up about 8 to 9 hours later. I usualy take my meds when I'm in my bed, otherwise I might not get there. I have fainted on my way to bed, waking up on my kitchen floor. I don't experience any weightgain (I'm 1m94 to 75 kilos, so weightgain wouldn't even bother me) and I don't feel groggy during the day. I have stopped taking these meds for 6 months once (because I was feeling better) but that didn't really work for me. I did sleep quite good after about 3 months, but my head was troubling me again. so I guess I'll be taking these for the rest of my life.

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hope1717
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Registered: August 2008
Wed August 13, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: calmed for 2 days then it was war
CONS: angry/not knowing what im doing/now my wife hates me

this is the worst pill i have had this is evil and people make money on it.i lost my job because of side effects and lack of concentration.felt like i was in a haze of thick fog need you light when you are down not darknes did not eat for 4 days vomiting was taken of valium and put on this crap think i might fight my demons on my own.

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Laladien
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Registered: August 2008
Sat August 2, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Supposedly it works pretty well for sleep...
CONS: Muscle soreness, feeling of apathy

I'm currently in the thongs of Klonopin withdrawal and my doc gave me this to help with sleep. What I got, instead of actually sleeping, were muscle pains and an incredible feeling of pure apathy. I work out every day and this is not something I can tolerate. It might work for some, but the side effects suck.

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weluvca
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Registered: July 2008
Fri July 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $32.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: sleep
CONS: weight gain

Was given 50mg at night for sleep,depression,anxiety after detoxing from xanax over a year ago. initial weight gain (30lbs) have recently lost it pretty easily, not much food craving anymore. fell good "normal", sleep good, no grogginess but sudden sleep after taking it, you just have to be ready for bed when you take it. Its a low dose. Was given to me because it is supposedly non-addictive. I definetly do not feel doped as I did with the xanax (which I apparently liked too much). I think it's very helpful, don't miss feeling of xanax at all.

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jenna22
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 6
Tue July 1, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: used to put me to sleep in 20minutes
CONS: feel like a zombie,cant wake up,gained 30lbs in 4months

I started this drug in march 2008 and gained weight.Thank god i started working out and lost the weight.I used to be able to fall asleep at night and only take 300mg.Now im so addicted to it that i take up to 700mg and i still cant sleep.Im going to see my doctor july 11th and i need to wean off of the drug.I need something else.And i also take Lamictal and Topamax.Eversince i started Seroquel my moods and anger are worse.

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deanrobbins
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Registered: June 2008
Mon June 30, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
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CONS:

Can someone give me feedback here? I'm on a state low-income (free) insurance plan, which I got on after losing my job this year. I started having panic attacks a couple months ago, after being horribly stressed all year over work and then losing my job, and one day ended up in the emergency room. The ER doctor put me on Xanax and said I needed to get off it as soon as possible and get on Paxil, which would be a better long-term remedy for my anxiety, but said I needed to see a psychologist and get the Paxil prescription from him.I went to a psychologist, the only one I can see with my crappy insurance, and he gave me Seroquel, saying it's comparable to Paxil but they didn't have free Paxil and did have free Seroquel.I took it for two nights and can't bring myself to take it again. It puts me to sleep in about a half hour but it's a terrifying half hour. I start losing my ability to think, my memory, my motor skills and coordination, then finally lose consciousness. I'll sleep for 14 hours straight and then wake up in that same state as when I fell asleep, totally debilitated for about 2 hours, until I've taken a Xanax and had a lot of coffee. I'm guessing that my state psychologist is just an idiot and gave me the wrong drug, does anyone know if this is correct? I can't see a single benefit from this drug for me, and it makes me completely disfunctional. Is it really a standard treatment for anxiety/panic attacks, and is it a reasonable replacement for Paxil?

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easeup47
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Registered: June 2008
Thu June 26, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Puts me to sleep
CONS: Groggy, confused, irritable, difficulty functioning at work

I just started taking this stuff about 6-8 weeks ago and it certainly curbed the racing thoughts that stop me from sleeping but at a cost. I'm exceptionally groggy everyday, some days I feel like I'm practically comatose. Doc wouldn't reduce my dose. I only take 100 but its had a strong effect. Does this grogginess ever wear off?

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redfox83
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Registered: June 2008
Fri June 20, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS:
CONS: groggy, shakes, bad dreams, loss of balance, forgetfulness , vision blurry

I thought this med was awful.I got the shakes so bad I could'nt walk. I forgot everything and spent most of my time confused.I started seeing things and was really jumpy. I had either no sleep (I've been up for three days now) or I'd have terrible nightmares. Right now I'm so fatigued and I keep trying to go to sleep but all that happens I just lay there. I also keep stubbling into things like a drunken sailor. I mean it is difficult for me to type this because my hands are shaking and the screen is blurry. I started weening myself of it yesterday. I can't live like this.

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spingirl253
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Registered: May 2008
Fri May 16, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
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I gained weight despite being thin and in shape and always working out and eating healthily. It was prescribed for sleep and 50mg worked for a bit and now it isn't and I won't go up in dosage. Makes me like a zombie and the freakiest thing is that it has caused my hair to become straighter. I had naturally curly hair and now it's lost most of it's curl. I'm off this stuff ASAP.

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anna342
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 574
Sat April 26, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Did help with sleep to start with
CONS: Weight gain, strange sensation in chest, drowsiness next day

I started on 25mg, went up to 300mg eventually over about 6months. It kind of helped with sleep sometimes, but not so much towards the end, and along with the weight gain I decided to just quit taking it. I felt more alive when I stopped taking it. It was ok, I don't really have an opinion one way or another. It's worth trying I guess!

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MikeisMe
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Registered: April 2008
Sat April 12, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.85| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Clear head, I can think before I act now.
CONS: unique side affect apparently

I am on 300mg/day for 2 months now for BPD. I am a lot more productive and stable than without the medication. However, BPD antics slip through and I'll go one to 3 days as if the medication has lost all effectiveness. I either need to up my dose or switch meds. I have no negative side affects that I can notice on 300mg/day. However, I want to try a higher dose to hopefully snub out the BPD antics or at least reduce them to one day only.My problem is when I up my dose to 400mg or more, after 1 hour or so my heart races as if I have been running a marathon. Slight audible/visual hallucinations set in but are tolerable. I practice controlled breathing and slow my heart rate down to a less worrisome rate. Once I get my heart rate down, I become extremely weak and light headed. At this point, I start to see/feel/hear exactly what everyone usually feels just seconds before they pass out: Complete numbness over the entire body, tunnel vision with darkness around the edges. I undergo what seems like a life or death battle to keep from passing out. It comes out of nowhere. I tried upping to 400mg/500mg about 3 times and it takes every ounce of mental strength I have to ward off blacking out. I am 24. I had an echo performed a year ago which showed my heart is extremely healthy. Blood work came back as healthy. I am a smoker of 6 years now. My resting heart rate always checks out around 50 bpm. I have experienced a panic attack before which feels very different than what I am explaining since I have no problems controlling my breathing, no chest pain, no racing thoughts.This question is for anyone that has had similar side affects. What course of action did you take?

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littlejohn
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Registered: November 2007
Posts: 47
Fri April 4, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: help sleep
CONS:

Was wondering if anyone is on 200 mg for this medicine? It is helping me with my sleep which is great but was up to 200 for I am still cutting. I am though doing better on it John Thanks

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MOJO3
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Registered: May 2007
Location: Earth
Posts: 248
Tue March 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: sleep better at night-reduces manic behavoir
CONS: too much makes me groggy and stumbly

I quite like the effect of this medication. I take small amounts - 25mg during the work week and 50mg on the weekends. Was given this drug during last year's hospitalization for manic episode. I liked the effects so much that I asked for it on a daily basis. I take it just before bed and within half an hour I am asleep for the night...excepting tonight At fist I was taking too much (100mg)and found that getting up in the middle of the night to use the washroom was a dangerous procedure, I was afraid of falling down the stairs...no co-ordination. With this drug...less is more. It takes me about 45 minutes in the morning and I tend to be a bit down then, but it passes quickly. I haven't noticed any increased weight gain on top of the weight gain that I had when I started my lithium 5 years ago. I would rather be overweight than confined to a ward for pshycosis.

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thancen
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Registered: March 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 8
Fri March 7, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: calms me down, helps with hallucinations/delusions, sleep through the night
CONS: confusion, can't wake up in morning

I take 50 mg at noon to calm me down (i tend to get very agitated and manic in the afternoon) and 300 mg at night. Puts me to sleep at night - nothing will wake me. has helped with hallucinations and delusions. at first i slept for 4 days straight! but now that i'm used to it I can't sleep without it and my boss won't let me work in the afternoon unless I've had my noon time dose. Would recommend.

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squirrelgirl
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Registered: February 2008
Thu February 28, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: happiness, stability, the ability to sleep
CONS: weight gain, hyperglycemia

I love this medication, it has been a miracle pill in retrospect to my bipolar and insomnia.The downfall is the new findings that this medication will make you 3 times more likely to become diabetic or have blood disorders. In my case, I have gained about 40 lbs in the last 3 and a half months, due to my sugars dropping about an hour after i eat, i feel shaky and get hot and cold flashes and i must eat again- hence the weight gain.It makes me very sad to have to choose my happiness over my health because my happiness is in direct correlation to my health. but wouldn't chance having diabetes for nothing. Diabetes is a horrid disease.

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LithiumLullabye
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Registered: February 2008
Posts: 2
Mon February 18, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: seemed to start working pretty quickly.
CONS: tired alot more.

I can tell a big difference and can function much better while on this medication.

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runnergrrl
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 1
Sun February 10, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Sleep through the night.
CONS: Weight gain and grogginess all the time

I have been on Seroquel for the past 3 years. During this time I have had it at 600 mg and then in the past few months 200 mg. When I first started it, I gained 20 lbs. When I went down to 20 mg I lost 15 lbs. Now that I am off Lithium my doctor wants me back up to 600 mg. It's been only a week and I have already gained 5 lbs. I really hate taking this drug. I wish I could stop it. ---- 8/19/08 I am going to start to withdraw from this drug. It will take me a while since I am on 800 mg. I will let you know what happens along the way. Hopefully weight loss is on the list.

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MadSeason
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Registered: February 2008
Sat February 9, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helps you sleep and keeps you relaxed the next morning into the afternoon
CONS: Miss a day's dose and you won't be able to sleep

Helps you sleep throughout the night. You won't remember your dreams. Hard to get out of bed the next morning. You will be in a highly relaxed state for most of the day. It has not caused me any difficulties driving or funtioning at work.

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ArizonaSun
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Registered: December 2007
Thu January 10, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Allows me to sleep. Calms my mind. Evens out my moods
CONS: Memory loss. Makes me feel like I've had 6 beers

The biggest issue is the price. Walgreens charges almost $600.00 USD for a 30 day supply! Without insurance, I would have to get it across the border, in Canada or Mexico.

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BelleSomnium
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Registered: December 2007
Location: South Carolina
Tue January 8, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $55.00| Rating: 5 

 
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CONS:

I'm confused by this drug because I really don't know if it's working or not. I started on 25 mg, then 50mg, and now I'm up to 100mg, but I don't really feel different. I have had NO side effects at all and little change in my mood, so I don't know if it's working or not. I took Symbyax before Seroquel and I definitely felt great on that, but I wouldn't stop gaining weight so I switched to Seroquel. Too bad about the Symbyax, because it seems like Seroquel is not helping me at all.

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mazer
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Registered: January 2008
Location: in my own crazy world
Posts: 20
Wed January 2, 2008 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: worked for a few weeks but not now
CONS: I feel really violent now with no emotions

This was great at first,helped me get to sleep and stopped hearing voices in my head infact I was a zombie on this drug,now I dont feel any emotions even towards family,I just feel dead inside.I also put on 3 stone in weight because it makes you eat like a horse !IM COMING OFF THIS AWFUL DRUG !! IT SCREWED MY BRAIN UP !! IM ONLY ON 50MG !!

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crazieme
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Registered: December 2007
Posts: 6
Thu December 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: feel numb which is better than the normal feeling. sleep alot better
CONS: i cant stop eating and have put on weight which doesnt help my mood

i take 600mg daily (being increased next week) have tried others but this really helps with the voices

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hangtough
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Registered: October 2007
Location: TX
Posts: 33
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $7.50| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: fairly good antipsychotic, helps with depression and anger
CONS: price, seems to have dose adjusted every couple of weeks

Hi price, 7.50 per pill at my pharmacy. I don't really notice any side-effects except for a headache now and then.Seems to help with psychotic issues and depression and anger.I would rate it a little over good. I have been though a dozen psych medications before being put on this one. I have had the medication dose adjusted a couple of times.

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Barbarian
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Registered: November 2007
Fri November 30, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Helps with sleep; has anti-manic effects.
CONS: Insanely weird dreams; too much sleep; weight-gain, although not nearly as bad as anti-depressants.

All in all, I would recommend this drug to people suffering from bipolar disorder, unless you're on a serious price budget. If anything, it will help you sleep like no other drug. And it doesn't knock you out cold as soon as you take it like other meds such as Ambien; it slowly implements its sleepy effects on you. It also tends to help prevent manic episodes. With higher dosages, I've noticed a big difference in controlling myself from going manic on people.

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littlejohn
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Registered: November 2007
Posts: 47
Wed November 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: help with sleep, my mood,
CONS: 30min after taking it makes you dizzy and sleepy.

The meds is helping as I mention. I think it depends where you are for the pricing. If I didn't have insurance to help pay for meds, I would have to pay 120.78 The negative is that make sure you don't have to clean room for anything. After I take the meds, 30min latter I am all sleepy and stuff. Almost fell off the couch one night

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Anonymous
Fri November 16, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: Knocks me out pretty quick (50 mg)
CONS: Drowsiness when waking up,. some dizziness

A drug that needs a strong doctor to monitor the dosage to limit side effects. To much of this stuff isn't good unless you really need it.

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littlejohn
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Registered: November 2007
Posts: 47
Tue November 13, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
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Just got on the medicine last Friday. First day was not great at all. Was very dizzy and kept walking into the bathroom wall. Suprised didn't have a black eye and I can't remember if I punched the wall. I got upset that I kept walking into the wall. Does anyone know what it post to help? The psychatrist put me on it as I mention. I been self-injury my pretty body. I am doing better being on it. Thanks John

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Anonymous
Thu November 8, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $20.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: calmed my mania somewhat, fewer panic attacks
CONS: weight gain, strange dreams, mouth sores

It definitely calmed me down, but there were far too many side effects for me to be happy with this treatment. The combination of Depakote and Seroquel was probably the worst possible treatment option for me, and it was one of the first treatments for my bipolar disorder. And I ended up taking so much to calm me down that I ended up in complete sedation (700mg/day).

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madteaparty
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Registered: November 2007
Location: Canada, Alberta
Thu November 8, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: It stops the mania and gives you some sleep
CONS: Bad quality of sleep. Keeps my mood on the bottom half of being a negative one; I miss the mania

I have been on this medication for my bipolar steady for ten months or more, still I do not see/feel what the positive effects are; unless you like having a block of concrete dropped ontop of you from the sky each night. It makes me extreamly depressed, heavy eyed, ties me to the bed every single morning. But the doctor says that I wont feel the full effects until I am on 400mg! I am currently on 100mg and counting. When will I feel desirable effects. I want positive desireable effects. I am not set on becoming a zombie, especially when it feels this bad. If it were up to me I would throw that bottle of pills out the window; but my doctor still has me convinced there is hope. If things do not change soon, I am going to have this changed.

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Eleora
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Southern Ontario
Posts: 264
Tue October 23, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Great for sleep and psychosis
CONS: I was hungier, and a bit groggy in the mornings

I find this medication extremely useful. It helps me sleep, and has cut-back on hallucinations.

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