Seroquel isn't a sleeping pill, it's an antipsychotic, so I would ask the doc what he's prescribing it for as it only works on positive symtpoms of Schizophrenia, although they do prescribe it for the Bipolar if psychosis is present. I'm not sure what your abbreviations mean so I'm not sure if they do indeed involve psychosis. But you should make your doctor clarify why he is recommending an antipsychotic when you don't mention hallucinations and delusions and it sounds like you just want to get some sleep :eek: .
As far as it putting you to sleep, Seroquel will knock you out cold in 15 minutes time and that effect doesn't wear off with continuous use like with a sleeping pill.
but Benadryl will do the same thing and is considered safer as it is sold over the counter. Like Seroquel, it is not a sleeping pill, but it will put you to sleep. And Benadryl won't make your blood pressure 90 over 48 like Seroquel might.
As far as withdrawals from Seroquel, mine included visual hallucinations for a few days, followed by a period of depression that lasted several weeks. I had real strange sensations when I would try to fall asleep that felt as if I was dying and falling at the same time and I would come instantly awake and leap out of bed at a run absolutely terrified. This lasted about 7 weeks before resolving and would happen 10-12 times a night before I would go to sleep.
Other times I have withdrawn from Seroquel I switched to another antipsychotic so it wasn't quite as bad. The last time I used it I didn't switch to another med and had no bad sensations.
I think it depends on the current chemical makeup of a person's brain how they withdraw from it. Maybe my brain got used to it by the last time I used it.
Most importantly you should ask why he is recommending an antipsychotic when you aren't psychotic. Doesn't make sense. Sounds suspiciously like a quack to me. :D There are other meds out there that a person should watch out for, like Klonopin. Once exposed to Klonopin, you'll never be the same. An antipsychotic is a big step, and like Klonopin, if there is nothing wrong with you that it can fix it can be a step in the wrong direction.
Best thing to do is really sit down and discuss meds and your symptoms with your doctor before you decide on a medicine. Don't let him decide for you, only permit him to explain your options and the drawbacks and benefits of each medicine. (You have to remember when you go to a psychiatrist that you are the one in control because it is ultimately you who are paying for his time and you who are consuming the medicines he prescribes and it is you who are ill and trying to heal, you need to direct the conversation so that you can get the utmost out of his knowledge and experience to best benefit yourself)
If you have some type of personality disorder, Seroquel might be of some benefit, but other than that I can't see it being of much use when a person can take over the counter Benadryl and get the same effect as far as sleep goes without the risk of movement disorders and low blood pressure that go along with antipsychotics like Seroquel.
If you're having trouble sleeping it may be from prolonged exposure to meds and it might resolve by itself in a few weeks.
From the meds you mentioned in your post, it oddly sounds like Bipolar combo meds. There is a website where you can look up each medicine and get the full prescribing info on it. No one is supposed to give out links on the forum so I'll just say it is 'rxlist'. The best thing a person can do for themselves before taking a medicine is see what it is FDA approved for, it's side effects and withdrawals.
I hope you do find something to get a little sleep. I took Risperdal for 5 years and haven't slept a night since and not even Seroquel will help it.