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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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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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cmac62
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Registered: August 2007
Tue August 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS:
CONS:

LONG ANALYSIS BUT VERY GOOD FOR BIPOLAR PEOPLE WHO WANT STABILITY WITHOUT SACRIFICING INTELECT.I have been diagnosed with bipolar w/ psychosis. I was diagnosed with this after being hospitalized because I thought that I was being chased by the police for a crime I thought I commited. It was a very scary experience both during the hallucinations and after that I can go from being a completely normal young man to a deranged psycho. In the hospital it took me a week and a half to recover and return to somewhat normalcy. I forget the drugs I was on but they were very old and powerful.I tried albilify and depakote. I consider myself a very smart third year engineering student and I could notice the slightest feeling of being sedated or druged. When I switched to seroquel I began taking provigil along with it to help with my concentration.I take seroquel (300mg) at night before bed and it puts me to sleep in about 30-45min (which I think is a huge plus b/c sleep is vital to having a healty psych). It sedates me at night but by morning I am refreshed and ready to study. My moods are very stable and I am happy to say I am neither manic or depressed. I only see my psychiatrist every couple of months and at my last visit I discussed getting off the drug because I was feeling so good. She said that it is great I am feeling this good but getting off the medicine risks me having another episode. I never want to go back to that place. So I will continue this medication my whole life.Only side effects are immediate sedation and weight gain. I have gained around 20 lbs and I am sure I can work that off once I get in a workout routine.I highly recommend this drug for bipolar people who do not want to lose any intelect from their treatment program.

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Twiztid
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Registered: August 2007
Sat August 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: puts me to sleep so i dont have to deal with my heaches or anyone bothering me
CONS: when i finally get woken up i am in a fog state and pist off more and my day or night is ruined everyone is mad at me and blamming me for everything

i dont really get any side effects from any meds so idk. this really just knocks me out with in 30 minutes atleast. i have to take atleast 100mg for it to do anything. but then i am taken so many other meds and taken care of my child alone to so i am on overload and managing. this is really on knocking me out when i wake up i get pist more and yelled at for being more angry like its my fault anyway. that is really pissing me off. i am really just taking this medication as a test subject for the government due to i am a military member and meds dont really work for me so the shit will effect on the civilians in a bad way if they go off of what it does to me. i dont take this shit like it says on the website says to take it. they havent told me how to take it. i just was told to she what works. i read it and i am like oh great. i got siezures already and this shit can screw me up. i am on to many meds and this can make me die and they dont care. thank you us government. lol but besides all that i havent had any problems and i am liken the effects so far from what i am doing with it but the part with the ppl that are living with me and forcing me to live a "normal" life and wake up at 0500 and find a job when i am disabled and can't work so they try and find stuff for me to do so i am awake when they are at work. that pisses me off. and they say i am phsyco because i am angry. why do you think i am angry. for over a year i have been living this way and i got major head trauma and was dead for a while and in a coma and when i woke up i fought to get back to walking and when i did, everyone said he is fine get him the hell out of here and start working. but i can't if i was able to do so i would still be in the marine corps fighting for this country. bad memory, bad eyesight now, loss of hearing, sever headaches, mild seizures. and they say i am fine and they get pist at me when i get angry at them when they yell at me and kick me out of the house when i sleep due to the meds wtf. can you stop the pills from making you sleep.

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goofygirl
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Registered: May 2005
Location: Iowa
Posts: 183
Sun August 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $16.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Really has helped with irritability, and sleep...and no mania yet, not even hypo!
CONS: Has been upped to get me to sleep; anxiety has increased

I'm on Medicaid... otherwise it would be over $200 for 30-200mg pills and $50 for my 25mg. I like it, but I'm probably going to get upped again.

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sweetleaf
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Registered: July 2007
Location: south florida
Posts: 15
Sun July 29, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: can't even remember because of the fog i was in
CONS: slept all the time, groggy,

Tried it while looking for treatment of bipolar2. The whole time is a blur of mostly sleeping. I don't know how I felt, but I certainly couldn't function like that. I think this one is more suited for those with psychotic symptoms.

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Anonymous
Sat July 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: good for anxiety and sleep
CONS: weight gain; too drowsy at times; can cause blood sugars to be raised

I stopped taking this about a year ago and have recently gone back on it. After I came off I lost about 15kg but in the last couple of months have put weight on again. I am VERY sensitive to meds and am easily sedated- serequel even at 25mg put me to sleep where-ever I was (at the table, on the floor etc)once it worked.After a month I adjusted and was able to increase my dose ok. (was on 225mg/day; currently on 50-100mg/day)

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findebsoon
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Registered: June 2006
Location: Alberta, Canada.
Posts: 84
Fri July 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: As soon as two years went by my psychosis was at less than 30%from 90%
CONS: through many serious doubts/anxiety to almost physical breakdown

It totally turned my whole perspective on its ear. Sometimes my delusions and the belief I would get through it demanded my every bit of strength and then some. I fortunately had alot of very loving individuals who were very capable and I will always remember their kindness and forthought. The seroquel was my saviour.

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Anonymous
Sat June 23, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: If you want to zoned out for sleep, this is the drug for you..
CONS: Getting out of the fog bank the next morning, weight gain.

I'm BP with CRPS, in pain all the time, major mood swings and deperssion. I've ran the gamit of most drugs like this by far it's the worst I've taken. Such a deep sleep, vivid nightmares I could not awake from. Study up on this one!

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nibbanalice
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Registered: May 2007
Thu May 24, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: nothing positive
CONS: takes away your personality/life/future/energy

One of the worst nightmare medicine. I was on it for I don't know what. I gained 70lb in one month! Experienced ulcer like symptms, developed acne, lost hair, face became 3X the original size, lost entire future plans. I had no life. Stopped me from eating well. Lost sleep. Knees got weak. Could no longer barely walk. Lost vision. Could not stay still, lay still. The worst!

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ouch
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Registered: June 2006
Posts: 321
Mon May 21, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: helps to sleep (which is why I took it)
CONS: made me feel hungover the next day

Felt SOOO tired the next day - felt like a zombie.

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cherryblossom
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Registered: April 2007
Posts: 15
Sat May 12, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: helped me sleep when I took it
CONS: DON'T wear off good

when I took this it worked to good.I feel asleep and had a accident.I rearended someone.I could have got killed.

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inkgirl
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Registered: May 2007
Location: trail bc canada
Wed May 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: worked in1 day
CONS: weight gain ,tired

changed my life can manage my moods and think before acting just changed my life and mental healyh

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DarkSoldier
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Registered: April 2007
Sun April 29, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: The only way I can sleep
CONS: The effect wears off too soon

I've been on this and another medication for yrs and it worked wonders when I'm really hostile.

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prime23
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Registered: April 2007
Location: California
Posts: 5
Tue April 17, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $0.03| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Puts me to sleep. Keeps me from going insane.
CONS: Sometimes makes me very drowsy and clumsy when I don't particularly want to be.

I've taken a bunch of antipsychotics, and this one works best for me. I hate to think how many days (weeks?) it would take me to get to sleep if I didn't take it every night.

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romosexual
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Registered: April 2007
Tue April 17, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
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Very Very expensive without good insurance. Without insurance 800 mg a day cost me 763 dollars a month. Even when my insurance started to cover it i still had a 300 dollar copay.

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pepperoni
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Registered: April 2007
Location: NJ
Posts: 12
Mon April 16, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: i dont know
CONS: bloating

As soon as I started Seroquel I looked pregnant (and I'm a skinny guy).That did an awful number on self esteem.I will never take this med again.

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tawny762
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Registered: April 2007
Location: Illinois
Mon April 16, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS:
CONS: it knocked me out, I had major aggression, I experienced very combative behavior. I hated it. Never will take it again

works for some but didn't work for me. Made me more of a combative zombie.

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romosexual
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Registered: April 2007
Thu April 12, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Takes care of most of my manic and depression episodes
CONS: kinda makes you groggy, forgetfull.

I was diagnosed as bipolar II 5 years ago. I was constantly on zoloft or effexor which took care of the depressed side, but they always sent me in a mania. Seroquel seems to take care of both sides. I'm taking 800 mg a day of it, and the only thing that i don't really like about it is that it seems to make me forgetfull and so taking 4 pills a day sometimes is hard unless I leave my self notes in my house and office to remind me to take the meds. I'm also on several other meds to help me sleep at night.

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darklands
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Registered: April 2007
Fri April 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Helped calm my rapid cycling, took the edge off the depression, helped combat negative effects of other antideppressants
CONS: intense drowsiness for the first couple weeks, increased appitite

After starting prozac i started cycling rapidly between acute mania and intense depression with psychosis. I would switch up to 8 times a day. It was very exhausting and debilitating. I started Seroquel at 100mg a day. I currently take 700mg after taking it for two months. It really helped stop the intense, troubling cycling and helped me get back to functioning properly. I am currently taking zoloft to help with depression. The Seroquel really helps with the negative side effects (more intense mania and anxiety associated with use of ssri's in bipolar patients) and makes it bearable.

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lisad
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Iowa
Posts: 9
Mon March 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.35| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Not as cranky or moody... makes me feel evened out
CONS: 200 and I sleep like a baby... but it stays with me til early afternoon

I'll probably like it more when we get an antidepressant added that doesn't cause me to stay up for most of a weekend.

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loupopeye22
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 1
Tue March 20, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: reduces pychosis/manic depressive symptoms
CONS: tiredness in the mornings

helps to reduce psychosis/manic depressive symptoms also concentration have been improved a lot since started the meds. Sleep patterns are much better now than before but eating habits aren't getting any better as I have eaten too much choccy now than ever cos the taste is so so lovier as in paradise!

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boomslang
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 16
Wed February 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: Knocks me out so stops a manic episode
CONS: Takes awhile to kick in (up to an hour) so manic episodes have already wrecked havoc

1year, 2 months250mg now down to 150/daySide effects: EXTREME drowsiness Confusion/Paranoia/Groggy/Almost complete loss of short-term memory Fast heart rate/Heart arrythmias Shortness of breath Mad Munchies (which will make you gain weight - though I haven't gained any b/c my metabolism is very fast)It did it's job while I was on it but I am now in search for a better med. The 'job' I am referring to is to knock-you-out so you don't do or think crazy things. It basically is designed to sedate you enough so you cannot function.------------------------------ March 16, 2008I am now on Lamictal 200mg 2x day, Fluphenazine 1mg morning 2mg night, Xanax XR 1mg/day, Ativan 0.5mg night, and Focalin XR 20mg morning, for Bipolar I, ADHD, Tourrete's Syndrome, and Anxiety. I no longer take Seroquel. I stopped taking it back in January of 2007 because I went Paramedic school and could not think while on it. Thank god I stopped seroquel. I now have a full time job as a Paramedic and have had one since December 4th 2007. I am a certified Paramedic. I have completed both EMT-Basic (Jan-July 07, and EMT-Paramedic, March-Dec 07). Now I work 2-3x 24 hour shifts a week saving people's lives. I just want to let you know that there is hope for you when you are down. I was in a deep dark horrific place for over 2 years and now I am doing great! I wish the best for you!

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Sikboy
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Registered: February 2007
Mon February 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS:
CONS:

I would like to ask, is the weight gain on quetiapine fat gain or water weight gain? Does the drug make you crave foods more?Thanks.

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ifwinterends
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 14
Mon February 26, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: knocks you out fairly quickly
CONS: tired all day, inability to dream, weight gain

I was given this for insomnia and nightmares related to PTSD. For the first few months it worked great. I slept the whole night through and got to sleep quickly, as compared to lying awake at 3am and waking frequently. After a year, the side effects kicked in. I woke up a few times to hallucinations similar to those experienced on Ketamine (possibly a flash-back), went from weighing 120 to 145 quickly, and became entirely apathetic (I used to be an artist and musician, now I have no passion for either). So I would only recommend this for a few month's good sleep.

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dukat
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Registered: November 2006
Sat February 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $60.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Helped me sleep for the first few years of using it.
CONS: Weight gain, heat strokes, akathesia

This stopped working after 5 years at 600mg/night. Voices came back stronger than ever. I also took Wellbutrin SR, lorazepan, Depakote, Neurontin, Benadryl, Verapamil, Atenolol, Trazadone, Artane, and Ambien. All at the same time, so it was hard to tell which drug was causing which problem. I have been slowly reducing the meds on my own since no doc will help. I hate sie effects! They are worse than the illness!

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FlashDuck
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Canberra, Australia
Tue February 6, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Works for me!
CONS: Would be very expensive if on a high dose

I am on the minimum dose (25mg at night) and find that it is perfect for me.It allows me to sleep with few discernable side effects, and perhaps more importantly, removes the intrusive nightmares, images and thoughts that plague me with PTSD. To date (about 6-8 months) I have not noticed a dose related dependence or need to increase for the same effect. On the occasions that I have missed it, or take it too late in the evening (I find that around 7pm for a 10pm bed time), difficulties in falling asleep and 'bad thoughts' return.Maybe not for everyone, but I'm a convert.

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tommy_boy
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Registered: January 2007
Location: iowa
Thu January 18, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: great for sleep
CONS: very tired/hard to go in the morning

Definetly gives me some peace in my head,along with a good nights sleep. Have had a mild back ache since i have started on this drug. Doc. says its nothing to worry about though. Still have very much anger and agitation within just to tired to care. Has helped with other symtoms, somewhat leveled off for a couple of months.

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dooris
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Northern Europe
Posts: 1
Sun January 14, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: helps with sleep
CONS: i'm confused, tired and have lost my appetite, dry mouth and nose, nose bleeding

I have bipolar with mild psychotic mania. Seroquel 300mg nightly.

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wally
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Registered: December 2006
Location: richmond va
Posts: 84
Tue January 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Used to help with sleep
CONS: extreme drowsiness and dizziness

I just started this medication about a week ago. I am in an acute stage of hypomania and this medication does put me to sleep. However, it knocks me out and I find it difficult to keep up physically with my racing thoughts and even coffee has little effect in waking me now in the mornings. That being said, the verdict for me,is still out.

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swell
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Registered: December 2006
Posts: 2
Sat December 30, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: helped with sleep
CONS: extreme bloating/ weight gain

Its hard to determine all the positive aspects since I was on other medications. As soon as I started the treatment I gained nearly 40 lbs. People mistakenly thought I was pregnant. My sister too had the same exact side effects. As soon as I came off the bloating came down and so did some of the weight.

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undertheradar
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 95
Sat December 23, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helps me sleep 7-8 hours a night
CONS: daytime agitation

My pdoc put me on 150mg nightly to help me sleep and stabilize mood. I was taking it during the daytime and it would make me more agitated than I already was. I don't recommend it for day, but night is good

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crazymusiclvr
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Registered: January 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 97
Sun December 3, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Helps with mood. I get quality sleep
CONS: I have to take a different dose every night as the effects can vary daily.

This medication has saved me. It is expensive but it has helped with my elevated moods and I use it mainly as a sleep aid. I have been dreaming for the first time in a long time when I take it which means i'm getting better quality of sleep. I take between 300mg and 400mg before bed. The only weird part is I have to take a 100mg, wait an hour and see how it effects me because it's important not to take more than you need and it seems to affect me differently every day depending on my mood. It did take about 2 months to get used to this medication so give it time.

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Xilber
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Registered: December 2006
Sat December 2, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: great sleep, possible mood elevation
CONS: drowsy upon waking

Along with Lithium, took 100mg at night, and for the first few weeks it forced me to bed soon after taking it. Gradually I was able to stay up a few hours in a drowsy state. Sleep was very deep, I never once woke up during the night. Takes a while to get going in the morning. I sensed a slight improvement in my mood, but not much. Did not help with irritability I had been having.

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mcclt733
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Houston,Texas(USA)
Wed November 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: It does put you to sleep
CONS: I eat like crazy, I've gained a great deal of weight

I've been taking this for about a year and half now, and it does knock you out it does leave you dis-oriented should you wake up in the middle of the night & I sleepy all the time, but I also have to say that I 4 other drugs for depression,zoloft 200mg,mirtazapine 45mg,(buspirone 60mg,hydroxyzine 100mg,these are for anxiety),and to honest all of these have made me more withdrawn, not that I mind, I like being by myself.

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jenncsw
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Registered: November 2006
Fri November 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: keeps away most negative symptoms of bipolar
CONS: expensive

I have bipolar I, with psychosis. This is the only med that has ever helped with hallucinations and paranoia. I think it works way better than the lithium cr that I take. The lithium has so many side effects. Seroquel's main side effect that I have noticed is tiredness, and the weight gain that goes with it. Also, the actual price without insurance would be prohibitably expensive. I have not tried any other antipsychotics but this one does work well for me.

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kim7
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Alabama
Sun November 5, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: worked but...
CONS: Slept a lot, zombie-like, forgetful

Worked well, but the side affects weren't worth it.

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les61051
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Registered: November 2006
Fri November 3, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $329.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: this drug has made my sleepness night much better. the rapid thoughts have deceased incredibly
CONS: You feel like your a zombie--but to me, sometimes that is ok--quite sedating

Has made my horrible anxiety and increased aggression and emotional ups and down (I am a rapid cycler) more tolerable. I am not saying it is the greatest drug in the world, but I will say I do sleep better now, decision making has been better. My manic episodes have decreased, although when I get depressed I really get depressed. I can't take an antidepressant as part of my drug regeime because they cause extreme mania. Lamictal is for the stabalizing effect and Klonopin for the horrible anxiety I feel.

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Special_K
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Georgia, US
Thu November 2, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: helpful for anxiety
CONS: can take some time to adjust to and affect sleep quality

I was on 250mg of this 2x daily for a few years... I found it to be pretty good. It numbed my feelings basically, which was what I wanted. I stopped taking it because I was concerned about it affecting my cognition (starting back at school). Since then I've thought about going back on it and I have started taking it a couple of times. Each time I started I started on 50mg in the evening. I found it affected my quality of sleep (negatively). I would be zonked out (didn't wake up for a fire alarm) and I felt really groggy the next morning. It would also zonk me out at night within one hour. It takes around one week for your system to adjust to it. I found it to be fairly helpful but I'm concerned about not waking up for fire alarms so I'm not taking that one any more! That being said if I'm having a really hard time of it 50mg of Seroquel is a useful alternative to a benzo...

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ccpaz
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Registered: October 2006
Location: North West
Tue October 24, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: oh?
CONS: nightmares, downer, counter acted the effect of caffeine

I don't know how to explain this med well. It was provided to me by a health physician as a sleeping aide who thought that I may be bipolar the day she first met me. This stuff KNOCKED me out moments after i'd take them, then i'd have paranoid sleep and always had a hard time waking up out of a nightmare (usually after skipping a night) -- i took this stuff for about 2 weeks. When I told my physician, she told me not to skip and doubled my dose, hallejuah. So on the double dose i was so depressed I felt like killing myself so i bought a 5 shot mocha frap and never felt so depressed in my life. I ended up leaving work early and scheduled to meet with an actaul psychiatrist.

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endless_hysteria
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Worcester, UK
Posts: 2
Fri October 6, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS:
CONS:

i have mixed feelings about this drug. it made me feel great, got rid of all my "dark thoughts" but i did have a severe manic episode while taking them, much worse than usual.

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PasDeDeux
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Registered: July 2006
Posts: 750
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: can cause diabetes, and movement disorders as well as parkinson LIKE issues

I was given this for a sleep issue and didn't sleep much better but was very apathetic, flat affect, I did NOT eat much....I just sat till it wore off. I also had heart palpitations on it. I didn't like it at all and feel it should not be given unless one has a psychotic issue.

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eskielover
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 10968
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: helps control anxiety level, controls nightmares
CONS: difficult waking up after taking it.

I am provided this med from my pdoc's samples. I take it when my anxiety level is high & it helps best if I can just lay down & sleep off the anxiety attack. If I take a high dose, it is harder to wake up immediately & can be drowsy most of the day. It helps me go into a deep sleep to avoid the nightmares from the PTSD. During the day, if anxiety is high, a low dose helps keep me calm & can still function most of the time. I don't think it would be a good solution if I had a job due to the drowsyness. It was the replacement for thorazine when I had a bad reaction to it. I have been lucky to avoid a similar reaction with this med. I do have a hard time functioning when I need to take a larger dose of seroquel, but it has helped me through the PTSD symptoms I have been dealing with.

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Anonymous
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS:
CONS: disoriented, confused extremely drowsy, depressed

I have major depression and used seroquel to get some rest at night. I can't say I won't recommend it for others because I don't know. It made me too drowsy and I couldn't get up in the mornings. I was also very confused while on it and it only made my depression worse.

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bigdog1263
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Registered: September 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 23
Tue September 12, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: small doses good as a sleep aid
CONS: larger doses seem to fan the flames of my manic episode

terrible side effects, weight gain potential

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Daffy
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Registered: August 2006
Wed August 16, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Levels out mixed states
CONS: Sleep much of the day's

this is a good med with the exception of gained weight and wanting to sleep all the time

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Sarah116
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Registered: August 2006
Posts: 1449
Tue August 8, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: -
CONS: -

After getting started on it I had nasty side efffects and it did nothing! Depression, severe weight gain, headaches, makes veins, face and skin very nasty! Dizzy, faint feeling, extreme loss of contact with body (felt like I had a really nasty case of the flu or maybe even Autism.) Used it for Schizotypal!

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niko851
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Noblesville, IN USA
Posts: 75
Tue July 25, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $160.00| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Has somewhat reduced the # or severity of my manic states
CONS: KNOCKS YOU OUT, confusion (more-so than already), forgetfullness, VERY EXPENSIVE

This medicine is supposed to prevent psychotic episodes - or at least aleviate some of them - but I still have them. It is a guaranteed sleep medication for me - within a half hour, I am out and if I am woken up, I'm in the thickest fog imaginable. I become more forgetful than I already am and I am much more confused. Granted, I'd rather be 'catatonic' than raging, but I surely did not ask to become 'zombied out'.

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jennie
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Registered: December 2002
Location: DC metro area
Posts: 1366
Thu June 22, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: none
CONS: forgetfulness * confusion * tardive dyskinesia

Increased dosage caused forgetfulness which caused me to miss a few doses. I called the doc and had this medication adjusted again. Next thing I know I was locked up in the psych ward, confused, and had a medication-induced psychosis. If you take this drug, please be very careful taking this medication and have a pill organizer. You should also be monitored closely by your prescribing physician, counselor, family, and/or significant other. I do not recommend antipsychotics for anyone.

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