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Hello. I was just wondering if anyone has experienced extreme lethargy while first taking Seroquel. Also, if you have, how long did this last? And I'm not talking about drowsiness, I have honestly never felt this tired before. Also, I was wondering about side effects, if any, from Abilify and Lamictal. I am currently on all three, but I took the Lamictal yesterday around 3:00 or so and the Seroquel at about 11 at night. I wouldn't think Lamictal has the potency to last through the night and into today, but I'd feel more comfortable if I heard some other opinions. Thanks!
Hi Rhetics-
I'm usually up at the Bipolar board, but I saw your post and had to check in. I am on Abilify and Lamictal along with other meds and doing great. The Abilify and Lamictal don't sedate like the Seroquel did for me. I was on a high dose of Seroquel-enough to put a horse to sleep! :eek:
From my limited experience with Lamictal, it does a good job of controlling my symptoms w/Abilify. I would like Seroquel for the sleep benefit. I take nothing that helps me sleep except a small dose of trazadone. BTW what is your diagnosis(bipolar, schiz, schizoaffective, depression)?

See ya later :wave:
seroquel completely knocked me out in the beginning, and i was only at 100 mg at the time. generally after about 3 days the fatigue starts to wear off.. it's quite remarkable, because i'm at over 600 mg now and i really don't feel tired at all. your body gets used to it rather quickly, at least from my experience.
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Hi Rhetics-
I'm usually up at the Bipolar board, but I saw your post and had to check in. I am on Abilify and Lamictal along with other meds and doing great. The Abilify and Lamictal don't sedate like the Seroquel did for me. I was on a high dose of Seroquel-enough to put a horse to sleep! :eek:
From my limited experience with Lamictal, it does a good job of controlling my symptoms w/Abilify. I would like Seroquel for the sleep benefit. I take nothing that helps me sleep except a small dose of trazadone. BTW what is your diagnosis(bipolar, schiz, schizoaffective, depression)?

See ya later :wave:



Hi... I had to take 200 mils of seroquel while coming out of a manic bipolor episode, it nocked me out , but it did help me get through a rough time , i was paranoid, and thought i was a prophet for God and th9ught my hubby was a spy for the govt ..... it was quite a rough episode
I am back on Seroquel-100 mg at PM, along with Abilify, Lithium, Topamax, and Lamictal. The trazadone is history, I have always done better-sleepwise on Seroquel. BUT, doc is toying with the notion of d/c Lithium in favor of a maintenace dose of Lamictal, and increasing Seroquel into the 300-400 mg range.

I am currently on the more hypomanic side, and he thinks the Seroquel will lessen the over-agitation I sometimes experience. My Lith level is at .5 (very low for me-used to run.8-.9) so I don't even know what good Lithium is doing for me. Doc says Seroquel is approved for type 1 bipolar-mania. :confused:
:bouncing: Hello,

Actually, I have been taking Seroquel I think since 1996 when it came out (not sure there) which replaced "severe anxiety problems I was having....I don't like chaning drugs.....its a scary procedure to me...but Seroquel worked like a charm....no anxiety, days are smooth, sleep like that horse, the lady state below. I think more would do me well about 200 mg and I could get off other medications.

Now my doctor for my situation wants me off because of WEIGHT GAIN.....has anyone experienced such weight gain after several years there doctors want them to come off Seroquel, when it works so great for me. I have worked for years on it, and besides being a little "hard to wake up at first, I was on the go !" Now they want me to try Lamictal...

In 16 years I have never tried any other drug......so Lamiktal, it is spelled on my script just sits on the COUCH, until I get some GOOD FEEDBACK ABOUT IT....Does anybody feel LESS ANXIOUS ON LAMICTAL ? The doctor told me about a rash I could get in the first 8 weeks....I HAVE DONE GREAT ON SEROQUEL........and wish I could stay on it, but I am having a good dose of weight gain, and he wants me to stop it.......anybody gaining weight on SEROQUEL........ I am ADD with severe anxiety....and after Hurricane Katrina, no telling how SEVERE it is now ! Anybody like their Lamictal ? :wave:

Thanks worried
happyhome, there is another good med called Topamax, which isn't as risky as the one you mentioned (Lamictal) but is the same class of med. I used it for awhile and it worked well. It is associated with weight loss and controls anxiety. I don't think it blocks Histamine so it might not make you sleep like Seroquel though.
Thanks Toby,

My doctor did give me a script for Topomax, since I have gained so much weight on seroquel......it is now on the internet for "weight gain" and diabetes II, which I both now have, and went from 133 pounds to 260 ........

NOW THEY WANT ME OFF, AND IT IS GREAT !

My cobra insurance runs out and I am afraid if I take Topomax will I be able to afford it after........I think sometimes the best thing to do is research the drug and its know side affect, and how long on the market, before we become a study statitstic..........I have great on serouquel, but now I do have diabetes II , and it does not run in the family, probably from all this weight......I even read how great is stores in the liver.....in which my liver is up for SGOT and SPGT or something....

I just have been through med changes and :eek:

Did Topamx control any anxiety you may have ? Thanks happyhome !
Topamax is less than half the price of Seroquel.
:wave: Thanks for the info Sassafrass627, although I know things are different for different people.........Barkingshark, have you ever taken topamax ? I have anxiety problems, and my doctor was using Seroquel for the last 6 yrs at low dose for anxiety and sleep, and I can't say enough good about it, except the weight gain................and the cost !

Now being a Katrina victim, price is of great concern, and what I can afford after.........and even higher anxiety........had any good luck with Topomax ? May have to start new thread to ask .............thanks for the $ issue.....

Someone gave me a link to go online and see if drug companies can help when your insurance runs out, and my doctor said it will be of GREAT HELP.....and need, especially down here, where everything in Pharmacy is going fast ! Thanks !
Quote from Rhetics:
Hello. I was just wondering if anyone has experienced extreme lethargy while first taking Seroquel. Also, if you have, how long did this last? And I'm not talking about drowsiness, I have honestly never felt this tired before. Also, I was wondering about side effects, if any, from Abilify and Lamictal. I am currently on all three, but I took the Lamictal yesterday around 3:00 or so and the Seroquel at about 11 at night. I wouldn't think Lamictal has the potency to last through the night and into today, but I'd feel more comfortable if I heard some other opinions. Thanks!



Yea, when I first started taking serequel i slept for 3 days strait... I'm on abilify now which doesn't make me tired at all, I even take it in the morning. I don't understand why they would have you on abilify and seroquel..
I've just started taking 400mg of seroquel per day for psychotic depression and am also feeling extremely tired. I've basically sleep for the past two days. If this keeps up I'm gonna have to change meds.

Best,

Dave_81
I have been taking 100 to 200 milligrams of Seroquel for 5 years for anxiety problems, and when had stressfull job, needed it to stay working.....I have they say depression with major anxiety which is a hard combination to manage ...I suppose......I love my serouquel, but have gained weight and after 5 yrs want to take me off, but I love it, it makes me stay calm, but Yes it does make for lethargy........I have to admit......in the beginning depending how much they start.....

But I needed it to sleep, and to calm me down, so I love it....they want to put me on Lamictal.....and I don't want to change.......maybe you can tell me what Lamitacl does...........

Seroquel does, have a profound lethargy at first, depending on the dose, but I have done very well on this drug and wish I could go down to about 50 milligram one day.....to get a little more pep ! Maybe a smaller dose one day will work great.....
happyhome-

I couldn't agree more with you about the Seroquel if I tried. :) I am on 150 mg with my Abilify, Topamax, and Lithium Carbonate. The Seroquel helps me sleep soundly and I actually don't have those bizarre "illusions" before going to sleep, that some BP/schiz have at night.

Good Luck to you and Happy New Year!!
:bouncing: Thanks Toby, like I said without Seroquel, I would not have endured years, of pstd and hurricane Katrina.......I have been on many meds since 1990, and I would't care if they took them all , but Seroquel...excellent drug, once you pass the lethargy part......I have just lost my insurance and it is very expensive.......I hope I can keep affording it....thanks for the reinforcement of a drug used for MULTIPLE PURPOSES, in my case for extreme anxiety....I sleep soundly and awak a new person ! Love Thanks !
hi, i have to start Seroquel, half of 25 grams a night, my problem is anxiety and hipoconria... that amount of medication will make me feel too tirend and profound lethargy ? please, let meknow thanks you
bridget
brid-

I think you'll do fine on the Seroquel, I take my evening meds an hour and a half before going to sleep and always fall fast asleep...
Hey,
I currently take 700mg of seroquel every night along with Prozac and Wellbutrin, and have been on this combination for 5 years. I hate to be a bearer of bad news, but I have found that seroquel makes me unbelievably tired, even after this prolonged use. I take all of my medicine at night, and I have found that in doing this and allowing at least 6 hours of sleep, I can function normally. Unfortunately, it is still hard for me to wake up in the morning, but I have learned to adapt to this side effect. :cool:
Hi! I noticed this thread is pretty long and you've probably heard all this already but just to add my two cents. I'm on seroquel now as treatment for schizophrenia. I was on 650 mgs at the start and I honestly thought something else was wrong with me. I've tried a number of antipsychotic medication but this particular one really knocked me out. I got twitching in my facial muscles when I started on it and it left me feeling dizzy fairlyoften. The side effects did diminish after about a couple of months. Then my dose was lowered to 400, then 300. I started getting sick again and the dose was changed back to 600 about a month ago. Sothe lethargy is back, though not in full force like it was when Ifirst started the drug.

I also noticed that I had a bit of depersonalization at the start of this drug therapy. I also find it's come back heavily since the dose was increased again. But honestly, this is the best antipsychotic I've ever used. The one side effect I have the worst is sluggishness and apathy and a feeling of disconnectedness. Those all went away within a few months as my bodygot use to this drug (and also got used to being on a drug I'd actuallytake every day)

But then again, drugs are different for different people. I hope you can find one that works well for you. If the side effectsare really disrupting your life and don't seem to be getting better, you might do better on another drug. But you also might find this one works perfectly after the side effects diminish, if theydo foryou.

Good luck!

love and peace
pea
Quote from Rhetics:
Hello. I was just wondering if anyone has experienced extreme lethargy while first taking Seroquel. Also, if you have, how long did this last? And I'm not talking about drowsiness, I have honestly never felt this tired before. Also, I was wondering about side effects, if any, from Abilify and Lamictal. I am currently on all three, but I took the Lamictal yesterday around 3:00 or so and the Seroquel at about 11 at night. I wouldn't think Lamictal has the potency to last through the night and into today, but I'd feel more comfortable if I heard some other opinions. Thanks!
yes,I am on seroquel,My Doc intentionally upped my dose so I would sleep through a particular bad delusional bout,but after aprox 2 weeks,I am able to function well in day,sleep at night without that dog tired feeling all through the day,and it has helped my mindset alot.Goodluck.