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Old 05-18-2013, 06:09 PM   #1
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seroquel for sleep

My pyschiatrist has prescribed me 50 mg seroquel extended release for sleep. I'm supposed to take at 5:00 so it reaches it peak effect at 11:00.

I don't sleep well because of anxiety, depression and muscle/skeleton pain.
I'm currently on low dose of clonazapam (1.25 mg - .5 at midday and .75 at night). My doctor said I can still keep taking the clonazapam if I take the seroquel.

I do understand that seroquel is used for different purposes at different doses - 50 mg for sleep; 150 mg for depression and much higher doses for serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

I know it can potentially affect your blood sugar and cholestral levels. I had mine tested and they are normal and my pyschiatrist said she will order regular blood tests to monitor and if my levels go up, we'll stop the seroquel.

Nevertheless, I'm concerned about side affects. The most common thing I read is that it really, really knocks you out and you can't function the next day, but I've also read horror stories so I don't know what to believe.

I also have heard and been advised that it can potentially cause weight gain - which is a big concern of mine (I have limited mobility so I'm not getting very much exercise).

Has anyone been on low doses of seroquel and have a positive experience? Does it help you sleep? Can you function the next day? How do you manage weight gain?

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Re: seroquel for sleep

i've been on seroquel for about 10 years on huge doses. it did help but i want off now and i cant without withdrawals. but i've never had any problem getting up or feeling groggy the next day. you should be ok on a low dose. but good luck getting off if you ever want too. i gained a lot of weight but then i was taking 800 mg to 1000 mg. i'm tapering myself down and will get off completely some day when i have a couple weeks off work.
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Re: seroquel for sleep

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i've been on seroquel for about 10 years on huge doses. it did help but i want off now and i cant without withdrawals. but i've never had any problem getting up or feeling groggy the next day. you should be ok on a low dose. but good luck getting off if you ever want too. i gained a lot of weight but then i was taking 800 mg to 1000 mg. i'm tapering myself down and will get off completely some day when i have a couple weeks off work.
Thanks for your reply. I actually went ahead and tried 50 mg extended release - it did put me to sleep but I felt awful the next morning - didn't want to get out of bed, groggy, no energy, head ache etc. So I talked to my psychiatrist again and we are going to try 25 mg (not extended release) and see if I feel less "hungover" in the morning. I do have concerns about being on seroquel, even on low dose, but I need sleep and my psyschitrist thinks seroquel is less addictive than other sleeping pills. Anyways, we'll see how it goes. Good luck to you and take care.

 
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definetely seroquel is not addictive, i abused the hell out of sleeping pills, but never needed to abuse seroquel. even though i did take more than i needed too sometimes. i'm just tired of paying so much money for them and i dont like being a slave to a drug. but i do have a sleep disorder so they helped me a lot. wish i could take such a low dose and sleep, but i cant sleep unless its 500 or 600 mg. any lower and it doesnt work.
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Re: seroquel for sleep

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definetely seroquel is not addictive, i abused the hell out of sleeping pills, but never needed to abuse seroquel. even though i did take more than i needed too sometimes. i'm just tired of paying so much money for them and i dont like being a slave to a drug. but i do have a sleep disorder so they helped me a lot. wish i could take such a low dose and sleep, but i cant sleep unless its 500 or 600 mg. any lower and it doesnt work.
Thanks for your response. I don't what kind of sleep disorder you have but I am surprised that you are on that high of a dose. My psychiatrist as well as the pharmacist I spoke to about taking seroquel said that the maximum dose for sleep is 50 mg - higher does in the range of 150 are used to treat depression and much higher doses than that are used to treat mental illness like bipolar or schizophrenia. Anyways, I'm sure you know that all ready but if you are using seroquel just for a sleep disorder maybe you should talk to your doctor - who is hopefully a sleep specialist - maybe there are other medications?. I know that is easier said than done in the States - everything costs money for health care. But it just seems odd to me and I'm not judging you or being critical because I don't know your circumstances, I'm just concerned about whether you are getting the appropriate care. Anyways, take care and thanks again for your response.

 
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i didnt start out at a high dose, but gradually went up until we found the right dose. i dont react normally to drugs, drugs that sedate people make me agitated, and i need huge amounts of anything for it to work. now i cant sleep without a bunch but to be honest, i havent been sleeping all that great anyway even with it, so i'm ready to try to see if i can learn to sleep without it. i do have a very stressful job and when i was trying to cold turkey off the seroquel, i cried all the time, even at work and had huge anxiety attacks. so i dont know if that was because of withdrawals or if the seroquel has kept me calm all these years. i cant use normal sleeping pills, i end up with such a high tolerance that i was taking 100 mg a day of ambein. and lost my job and ended up with a dui, so seroquel has been a safe drug, but at such huge doses, hasnt done my health any good. i'm hoping to reverse the damage, i dont know if thats possible, but it would be nice to not have diabetes anymore. not to mention all the weight i gained. you should be ok on small amounts. i'm just not normal in any way!
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