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I'm middle aged and have had problems with depression and probably schizophrenia, though I would say it is mild to moderate. I am taking Seroquel, Remeron and Clonazepam. Have read that Seroquel is mainly used for bipolar and schizophrenia. I have to admit I have acted out some strange behaviors in past years. I still have strange and disturbing feelings and thoughts on ocassion. The meds I take seem to help some, but never completely relieves them.

Is any one here taking Seroquel or generic Quetiapine (kwe-tye-a-peen)? Seroquel is over priced. Highway robbery. I recently just found out about the Quetiapine, but you have to get it from overseas. It's a lot cheaper than Seroquel and I was surprised. I'm going to try it. Insurance only covers up to a certain amount per year and then I have to start paying a lot more for my meds. Called my pharmacy and asked about Quetiapine and she acted as though it didn't exist. Earliest for a U.S. generic might be September 2011, if then.

I hope to post replies to others here and elsewhere. Hope everyone is doing ok. Thanks for reading.
Hello madasahatter and Leahcim. Thanks for responding. Hope you two are doing well. I was taking 600mg of Seroquel, but cut down to 300mg partly to help keep costs down. I may really need 600mg but will talk to my doctor about it soon. As for now I have already ordered the Quetiapine.

I don't have any problems with hearing voices, but I might sometimes imagine things that aren't there. Like my eyes are playing tricks on me. Anyway I have no real big issues up to now. It's funny how some meds can give someone a sweet tooth. It's happened to me.:)

Leahcim I was taking risperdal at one time. Not very long though. It gave me a bad side effect and so I quit taking it. That was several years ago though. As for sleep, I need all the sleep I can get and I don't really get enough. I am usually up by 5:00am. The Remeron also helps sleep a little. Take care all.
Hi Bluehills,
Please help me to understand your board. I am from England and I have been diagnosed with paranoid DID. In England, some of us do not have to pay for our meds, so I understand your distress at not being able to afford the medication you desperatly need. My confussion is as the same as your chemist, as far as I'm aware Seroquel is Quetiapine. In-fact I know it is, Ive been taking it for nearly two years, so by changing your meds will make no difference to your health. I suggest you buy the cheaper of the two as they are exactly the same meds.
I only wish I could send you them from England as they are quite cheap here.
Goodluck. xxx
sax123 I don't understand what you mean by the DID after paranoid. Did you mean something else? I didn't see anything related to paranoid DID on the net. Please excuse me if that is what it really is.;)

I can only guess that everything is higher here in the states, or so it seems. I do have insurance coverage, but there is a limit on it per year. It's like I can only buy about 4 months worth of Seroquel and I would be very near my total $ limit for the year. I also have 3 other meds to buy. What I mean is I have a small co-pay, but the grand total $ of seroquel goes against my insurance total per year.

I'll just say that Seroquel is several hundred dollars per 30 day supply. Can you believe that? Not sure how that translates into England currency, but that should give you some idea.

Yes you are right that Seroquel and Quetiapine are the same. Just when I first discovered it is when I really didn't know if it was exactly the same. My doctor approved of me ordering from out of country. I searched around and found the cheapest price for Quetiapine. Odd thing is is that there is a third party involved. I guess I can't order it directly from England, only Canada, but it ships from overseas. Could be England, Europe or even India.

You are lucky to live in England. I know it is cheaper where you are. To give you some idea what I pay for Quetiapine, it's almost 1/4 the cost of Seroquel. That helps a bunch. I also take 600 mgs at night daily.

If I didn't have any insurance I would be able to get Seroquel free from the maker. I am on disability, but have had insurance for several years. I looked into finding ways to get help with it. There are several places here, but the bad thing is they are for people without insurance. Take care.
[QUOTE=mariethereseg77;3684414]i used to be on serequal i felt like a walking zombie.now i'm on zeldox it has turned my life around big time, were i have gone back to study and having no sytoms,i see my doctor every six weeks just to keep tabs on my meds.Several months have passed by since I started taking Seroquel/Quetiapine. My doctor wants to keep me on it since it has helped. Very expensive med if bought here. I get my Quetiapine (generic) from overseas and save $$$.

Zeldox must be fairly new. I was reading up on it and ony saw patients side effects go back only as far as 2007. I might know what you mean about feeling like a zombie being on Seroquel. It does make me feel tired a little during the day. That doesn't help things much either. But have been on it for so long I am more used to it now.

Glad to hear the Zeldox has helped you. I didn't even know it existed. Doctor never mentioned it to me. I also don't know how expensive it is. Might mention it to my doctor mext time I go later this month just to see what they say about it. Take care.
Hey, I've been on seroquel... I was on risperdal at first, didn't work for me... Not even gunna start... (Hence I stopped)

Seroquel, the regular type, I was on 300mg at first, and it was ALOT better than risperdal... Took away paranoid thoughts, controlled my moods... However, it made me sleepy, even moreso than risperdal... I didn't have alot of weight gain, I gained alittle, but it was healthy weight... I was able to be creative and write alot with seroquel, but not with risperdal... So it was a miracle drug for me...

I stopped taking seroquel, and went on seroquel XR... (Extended Release) I was taking 600mg... Which was/is alot better... It took away ALL the sleepyness, since it was extended release, it was released into my system alot more timed out... Which meant it wasn't like taking 600mg all at once, it was like taking 600mg spread out over a 24hour period... Which in my opinion, made all the difference... Was still creative, etc...

BUT, with the extended release, there was one added symptom... Constipation... It was BAD, really bad, and I don't want to get into details, ahaha, as I know you won't want neither... BUT, basically, it wasn't good to the point where I had to take laxatives regularly, twice/three times a day before and after every meal so that it wasn't so bad... I got the doctors to lower the dose to 400mg because of this, but that didn't help at all, so I just quit taking it... Been off meds completely for about 2 - 3 months now, been okay, withdrawal was terrible coming off seroquel xr, but I had also been taking it for nearly a year, so thats probably another reason why it was so bad, even with the careful weaning down...

Hope I was a help... If I would go back on another antipsychotic, I'd probably go with this one, it was certainly a hundred times better than risperdal... But remember, everyone reacts differently, and I'm usually quite sensitive to any meds... As I'm small, and relatively light weight with a quick metabolism... :)

I've lost 10 pounds since I quit taking meds...

8800GTS glad to hear you are doing ok without meds. Is that right? Nothing? I have been on Seroquel I think for over 3 years. I know about the constipation, I still have problems with that ocassionally. I try to eat more balanced meals. I personally didn't care about the XR Seroquel because it caused me to feel more hungover the next day.

Due to insurance I get Quetiapine through Canada which in turns gets it from overseas like Europe or even other countries. I don't know why we can't get it directly from Europe. Technicalities I guess. My insurance only covers so much per year and then I would have to start paying full price for meds. Generic Quetiapine is about a third or fourth the cost of Seroquel. The price of Seroquel is way over priced. They really need to lower it. It does help a lot of people though.

I took Risperdal many years ago and it gave me real bad constipation. Couldn't take it very long. I have tried dozens of meds through the years to help fight my depression. I take Remeron and Clonazepam along with 600mgs of Quetiapine at night. I still have bad days, but they were even worse several months ago. Take care.
Hi BlueHills,
I take Seroquel 100mg + Effexor XR 300mg. The seroquel was a godsend for me. Chronic insomnia, exhaustion, voices "no", smells "yes", visual distortion "yes".

Seroquel Side effects: sweet tooth, carbohydrate craving (weigt gain), constipation, a little forgetful, better sleeping routine.

Good luck, waratah
[QUOTE=waratah;3708154]Hi BlueHills,
I take Seroquel 100mg + Effexor XR 300mg. The seroquel was a godsend for me. Chronic insomnia, exhaustion, voices "no", smells "yes", visual distortion "yes".

Seroquel Side effects: sweet tooth, carbohydrate craving (weigt gain), constipation, a little forgetful, better sleeping routine.

Good luck, waratahYeah, to me it would seem that being on only 100mgs of Seroquel would be only to help you sleep. It was that way for me at first. But I started on only 50mgs at first to help sleep. Of course through the years, that has risen to 600mgs.

Even after taking all these meds (Quetiapine, Remeron and Clonazepam) you would think that I would sleep more. But I get up very early around 4 A.M. or so. But I usually take a nap in the afternoon to make up for lost sleep.

I don't hear voices like some other people might. I feel as though I imagine things that aren't really there. For the most part Quetiapine does seem to help aside from a little constipation at times. Take care waratah.
Yes, you're right about 100mg's... Sometimes doctors actually prescribe it specifically for sleep problems. Like even with people who have no psychosis whatsoever... BUT, that tends to be as low as 25 - 50mg's a night. So 100mg's is almost like a part of the mixture with the other meds... To work together as one... There is alot of theories about how mixing antidepressants with antipsychotics gets the best results... I don't know if its true, but I've tried it and it seemed to do the trick for the time I was on them...

Effexor XR is an antidepressant, (SNRI) I was on it at one point. It works with serotonin, AND norepinephrine, which is said to be directly linked to anxiety... So its used as antidepressants, AND; for anxiety disorders... From what I remember, it really makes moods better, atleast it did for me. So aside from the moods; the only thing that 100mg's of seroquel would do, is gurantee alittle bit of sleep everynight; given that its taken before bed. However, with the Effexor XR, it helps clear out anxiolytic symptoms; allowing for a good sleep and clear mind... Which altogether allows for a better mood, life, etc...

I can see how that would help someone out though, especially when psychotic symptoms/psychiatric symptoms are often times; exacerbated by lack of sleep... Sleep is very important. I remember when I started on meds, the first thing I asked the doctors was; "IS it normal, to be sleeping like 14 hours a day?" And the doctors laughed, and said, "YES!" Especially with antipsychotics. Usually they have such a numbing effect that sleep is almost guranteed in everyone who allows it into their system... Which is good for people who are psychotic, because for one, it allows them a break from IT all... Two, sleep is essential for good stability in all aspects of emotions/perceptions, etc... And three, its a way to determine if sleep is in fact; exacerbating the symptoms...

With bipolar disorder, however, it is kinda hard to make a form of treatment with meds, especially when moods; (depression/mania) seem to control what the treatment ends up being... LIKE, someone with psychosis without mood disorders, can stay on antipsychotics no problem, but someone with bipolar can be sent to manic or depression mode; while taking antipsychotics... So they have to use a mood stabilizer to hopefully help things out alittle... Lithium is usually used... But sometimes simply mixing in an antidepressant is enough. It all depends on whether or not the patient shows signs of mania/hypomania/depression and what levels of each/cycles etc...

...Say for instance, a bipolar patient has been stable for years while taking antipsychotics and antidepressants... But suddenly this individual goes manic... The first thing the doctor would probably end up doing is taking antidepressants DOWN, or OFF... Because with bipolar patients, antidepressants are rarely used... Its proven that it can and does; cause mania/hypomania in those susceptible to highs and lows... The doctor could even cut off all antidepressants, increase antipsychotics, and introduce mood stabilizer's to try evening things out... Its confusing thats for sure... But every patients different, and I mean, you can't compare anyone with anyone, even if they're exact clones; judging from the DSM-IV manual... There are also different types of bipolar. Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and I think its called clythomia or something like that... And each are different in terms of just how far moods can and do go...

The thing is, with bipolar... Is that the moods patients get in, usually end up exacerbating the psychosis... Not all bipolar patients have psychosis, BUT, all patients CAN have psychosis... So the idea is, to control the moods first, then theoretically, you can/should control the psychosis, hopefully some ups and downs, etc... Whereas with strictly psychotic illnesses; Schizophrenia; you can and do have psychotic symptoms before moods change(s), and or, even; without ANY mood disturbances...

(This is how I think about this... Its NOT by any means textbook 100% correct, but this is how I get the differences between bipolar/schizophrenia clear in my mind. As they are SO alike, its often thought they're the exact same thing(s))

Bipolar: Moods exacerbate psychosis.
Schizophrenia: Psychosis exacerbates mood.

Its kinda wierd looking at it this way, but because my doctors cannot find out which I am of these two above... Its almost like I need to figure things out for myself, than just accept an educated guess, when it doesn't really matter at all. The treatments may be slightly different, but the goal is not. Getting better is the reason for any medication to be entering your body... And you've got to accept the illness before it can be given to ya. (Could be forced) BUT, before it will start to work, getting better is not ALL about taking meds. Alot of it is getting over denail, accepting an illness, and searching for an answer outside yourself, that you can bring into yourself; so that you can then see the world more clearly; and apply it to daily living and avoid any negative thoughts/moods/psychosis, etc...

Hopefully this kinda makes sense ahaha, I'm tired again... :)

You were long winded there.:) Appreciate some of the info you provided. Seems you've done some homework. It's too bad there isn't an easy way for doctors to measure chemicals in the brain to give a more accurate diagnosis of what a particular individual needs. I mean wouldn't that be great. Get to the chase instead of trying med after med taking months or even years to find something that works...and then only maybe.

As for me I have been on different meds for about 25 years. I believe I have tried probably 80% of all meds out there. Seems like it anyway. I was used as an experiment it would have seemed. I was only successful with Zoloft back in the late '80s to early '90s. But it only worked for about four to five years. Even tried again later with an increase in dosage up to 200mgs. No luck.

I don't think I have a major problem with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. I am though more prone to being paranoid more than anything. Of course I have read that Seroquel is mainly used for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I can't say that I have either one of those, but my doctor made the diagnosis several years ago. I also take Remeron and Clonazepam for my anxiety.

To support that I may be more paranoid than anything, the doctor cut me down from 600mgs to 300mgs of Quetiapine a few months ago to help out with my financial condition at the time. But I believe when I cut down I became more paranoid. At least that is how it seemed. Just small changes seemed noticeable. I'm a self concious person and always feel like people are looking at me. So later the doctor upped the dosage back to 600mgs.

I'm only doing fair I would say. But depression is the biggest thing that needs help with. My anxiety is mainly in check with the Clonazepam. Thanks goodness for anti-anxiety meds for almost immediate results.
[QUOTE=8800GTS;3710098]Bluehills, thanks for the quick reply! Awesome, this is getting good! I'm glad some of my wind was of use to ya... I know I ramble alot of things, and I do repeat myself ahahha, its bad, but I have a hard time explaining feelings in short sentences, so I write endless stuff ahaha. Fill me in on more if you want, I'm totally game for hearing anything and everything... :)


Hi 8800GTS and Bluehills,

This discussion is really really interesting. The symptoms you're discussing are ones that I myself experience from time to time. But I'm not Bi-polar, but have Dx for Borderline PD, PTSD, Hashimoto's & CFD.

But I have to sale the being overly self-conscious and a bit paranoid deninitley has some resonance.

Is this what Seroquel is prescribed for? Paranoia?

I thought I was given Seroquel for sleep and anxiety. hmmmm , not sure at all now.

Regards, waratah
Hello, thanks Waratah, I'm glad you replied. I'm also happy to see that you agree this is getting interesting! This may be a good forums piece for alot of peoples!

Waratah, thanks for being honest about your situation/diagnosis's, etc... It makes it that much easier to give in ideas and such... I'm surprised; to be honest; that you have a Personality Disorder... That you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well... And Hashimotos thyroid disorder... I personally have never heard the name, "Hashimoto's," though, neither about, "CFD." Please, fill me in on these things; if and when you can... It would help me learn more as well. :)

So because you have a thyroid problem, I'm assuming at one point, when you went to see doctors, they were doing the trial and error list of finding out which diagnosis you truly have... And I'm assuming that they gave you a blood test of some sort; to test the levels of hormones/molecules that reside in your thyroid... (I'm alittle fuzzy to all the specific details behind thyroidism) I ask this; because I too was given this test... When I went into my psychiatrists office, they DID prescribe me meds right off the bat, BUT; they also asked that I go for a blood test to help determine whether or not its a physical, or mental issue thats been causing my psychotic-like symptoms... I was negative on the thyroid test, which is what the doctors usually use to determine if its a thyroid problem thats causing psychosis-like symptoms; OR; if its in fact; a malfunction somewhere else... (Perhaps the brain)

So far, I've had that test twice... Because after I was taking the meds for awhile I started to get where I thought I was showing signs of diabetes, it runs in our family, but also the antipsychotic medication, "Seroquel," is particularly linked to causing daibetes in its users... I'm curious, however... If maybe you're starting to rethink your diagnosis somewhat by hearing all of these conversations that you can/do relate to... Perhaps it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor IF you could do another blood test to see if your thyroid is in fact causing this...? It won't make a difference as to what you're treatment ends up being, but it would make a difference to you. And thats important too. :)

I'm shocked because you have so many diagnosis's because I'm getting a vibe that you're also relatively close to what I've been through; in terms of onset of symptoms/order of events, etc... Do you personally notice that these diagnosis's seem correct from what you've experienced; and told to your doctor? Is it somewhat different? If so, maybe getting a second opinion would also be a thought to think about...

You're question as to what seroquel is prescribed for...? Sometimes its just prescribed for sleep, even for people without mental illnesses, or anything like that... Its a psychotropic, BUT; but its also a tranquilizer. And I don't know if those words mean anything different, but to me its a way of saying that its either used for psychiatric uses specifically; and or; used to tranquilize (put to sleep) at lower doses... The thing with antipsychotics is that its used for alot of different things as well... This is where my knowledge lacks because I don't like meds, BUT; I know for certain its not just used for any one thing... It is used for paranoid thinking... Irrational thinking/thoughts... Anxiety as you said, also to help sleep, etc... Things like that for sure... It basically effects dopamine in the brain, its a neurotransmitter; thats what they say it does anyways... And dopamine is what controls alot of things in the brain... I'm fuzzy on just what its for, BUT; I'll look and later on I'll post some info or find a good website, as for now; I'm extremely tired...

Anyways, I'm babbling, so please, let me know if this makes any sense at all, hopefully I've said something useful... Thank you for sharing more about yourself, I'm either schizophrenic/bipolar... BUT; I'm weary on all the diagnosis's because it doesn't matter what it is...

Hi 8800GTS,

Thanks for your reply. I completely agree with you that it doesn't matter which label is applied to the symptoms, just so long as there is someone to help with meds to quell those symptoms to a manageable level.

All those diagnosis mentioned have been applied to me over the past few years. I am a 47 year old mother, with 2 teenagers, married 16+ years, professional, employed, suburban mom.

I have shortcommings about each and every Dx received because, I don't fit neatly into a perfect fit with each of those Dx. e.g Borderline PD - Of the 5-6 categories identified in this disorder i.e Identity disturbance, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal, dissociation, extreme behaviour, suicidal and paranoid ideation, (and I've already forgotten the others) - I only identify with one or two of the milder symptoms, so this is called an 'underlying borderline personality structure'. Lucky me . . . .lol. . . .

But when I'm in a bad way, on a psychological downhill decline, well then, all bets are off - and nearly anything is possible.

I received the PTSD Dx in 2006 when I first sought professional help for those troubling psychological problems, apparently these are related to my childhood tauma and abuse.
So, OK, now each time I go and see the 'lady shrink' I ask her if she still thinks it's BPD, and she always answers - Yes!" Does she think it's PTSD - "yes"

Those more extreme symptoms such as dissociation, paranoid & suicidal ideation arrive when I'm on a serious downhill trajectory - I can feel the decline, I begin to not be able to comprehend events and what people are saying to me. I hear them, but can't make sense of what is being said.

In terms of you being either Bi-polar or schitzophrenic, is it possible to reside somewhere on a continum, or perhaps within a matrix of diagnostic symptoms? I guess what I'm asking is that do you really need a label to your symptoms, to know you need meds to quell the symptoms?

My feeling is that OK, lablels help us make sense of the world, but targeting meds in treating symptoms, seems to me to be a far more focused approach than labelling, and treating to the label.

I do not know if I had a psychosis last year, perhpas it was only dellirium, perhapas I may never know, but when I feel myself sliding into the abyss, I know I have to get around the paranoid ideation, and seek assistance too.

I wonder if the Seroquel was intended to address both insomnia and psychosis? I'm anti-meds too, but I don't think I'd have survived too long in my state of deterioation for very long, so meds were the avenue of least harm.

I am not Bi-polar as I don't get those great highs, but gee sometimes I wouldn't mind. I imagine many Bi-polar highs are very productive and creative times for those that have them. What's it like? Can you explain it?

In terms of hallucinations - mmmmmm? Not really, but I do get lots of sweet pungent smells. e.g handcream, cookies baking, jasmine. Funny thing happened with my Year 11 Economics class early one morning, I could smell a strong smell of cinnamon doughnuts, and I asked the class, that whoever had the doughnuts had better have enough for all of us - or there'd be trouble. The whole class looked stony pale faced at me as I continued to protest about the strong smell of freshly cooked cinnamon doughnuts. Very very funny at the time . . . .. .lol. Now even my students know I'm a nutter - oh!, great . . . .lol

In terms of whether the psych problems stem from a Thyroid illness, well there's a whole pandoara's box full of worms on this topic. Just go and have a read over at the Thyroid board. I am marginally eythyroid (just within normal limits), BUT, have very very high Thyroid Anti-bodies about 250 times normal limits. There is much controversy in the literature on whether this can cause symptoms. Discussing it here on the boards or with medicos' well It's dangerous territory! Currently taking 50mcg thyroid replacement per day, and this current amount was recently reduced from an initial 100mcg daily dose.

Interesting that quetiapine is a 'neurotransmitter'. I wonder if in years to come, at the current rate of medical research, whether all these things currently labled 'mental illness' wil become accepted as part of the 'spectum of human diversity'.
Remember, that not so long ago, Autism, cretinism, Downs etc were considered 'mental illnesses'. Just wondering if the stigma and prejudice will ever abate?

"Knowledge and education is my mission - she say's to herself. . . . . .lol."

Anyway, bye for now, and I'm happy to discuss symptoms any time you like, These boards have just been a blessing for my sanity too.
regards, waratah
i am on Seroquel and have been for a couple months. its the 3rd antipsychotic ive been on. im on 600mg and im still not symptom free. although this is the first med to take the voices away im still incridebly paranoid and delusinal. im also on clonazopam which does calm me down alot. i agree its way to expsensive, if i wasnt covered by the gov. i would be paying 400$ a month for it. and theres no way i could do that plus the other meds im on aswell.

my mom has asked our pharamsist if theres a generic form available in canada but she said no. so that kinda sucks but i recently just got on disability so i have a drug card and luckily it covers seroquel itself.
Hi shananigans. I haven't posted here in quite some time, but wanted to respond to you. I am currently taking 600 mgs of the generic Seroquel (Quetiapine) and wanted to tell you it is just a fraction of the cost of brand name Seroquel.

If you're paying roughly $400 a month for a 30 day suply of Seroquel then that is about $150 less than what goes towards my insurance total drug cost. I mean I am allowed $2510 this year for total drug costs. About $550 a month went towards the allotted amount with Seroquel per month. So I went through my insurance only 3 times for Seroquel, Jan, Feb, Mar, before I started ordering it through Canada. So that it wouldn't take long to reach my total drug cost per year, and then I would have to pay the total drug cost of all my meds taken which I definitely could not afford. And I also take Remeron, Clonazepam, Depakote, Lipitor and Methotrexate for arthritis too.

Due to this, I found a pharmacy in Canada where I can get Quetiapine for around $314 for 200 ct pills. They only go as high as 300 mgs per pill, so you need to double your order. Still that is a 100 day supply. You have to go through a Canadian pharmacy to get it. Do some Googling and compare prices with other Canadian pharmacies. But Canada in turn gets it from overseas. I do not know why we can't order direct from Europe or India, etc. The U.S. must have the highest pricing of meds anywhere in the world is the way I look at it.

I also asked my pharmacy about Quetiapine, but she acted as though it didn't exist. I know she knew it did. For reasons unknown, we have to either pay the high price (rip off) of Seroquel here, or order it through a Canadian pharmacy that is a lot cheaper, but still a high price to pay compared to other meds.

Shananigans, have you tried Navane. It is also treated for schizophrenia and paranoia. I used to take it, but my doctor took me off of it due to a chance of developing T.D. a rare but bothersome side effect. But Seroquel can do it too. When I recently changed doctors, I asked her to put me back on Navane because its generic is super cheap. I will take my chances and start using Navane again. I see my doctor again next Tuesday. She will say either yes or no. Actually it is up to me. It's my life and body. And Serquel / Quetiapine is hard on the currency. Take care.
the pharmasist that my mom spoke too said she had never heard of the generic form either. it is such a rip off to have to pay more when theres a cheaper way and they just wont tell you. im going to do some research and hopefully i can find the generic.

this other drug, Navane is it a newer drug cuz ive never heard of it. and is the T.D thing you were talking about that Tardive Dyskinsesia? because i really dont want that, and i was on Risperidal for about 3 yrs and i was showing signs of it so i had to go off the drug. i mean i was at a every high dose, 11mgs, so i would blink a lot more then normal, my hands would twitch and i would stick my tongue out almost licking my lips. but i had no idea i was really doing it. then other times i had to fight to stay still.

i really dont want that to come back. ive been off the risperidal for almost 2 yrs and im finally starting to go back to normal although the twitching hasnt stopped so im on cogentin for that. but so far the seroquel hasnt caused my face to move without my knowing, its just not helping my paranoia or dillusions so i might be put on a higher dose.... or a new drug completely. i will talk to my therapist about Navane and see what she says the only problem is if i change meds i have to be put in the hospital and ive already been admitted 3 times this yr so if i have to go back the dr. i had there said my case worker and therapist should look into long term phasilaties and that scares me soo much more then my symptoms.
Yes, you were right about T.D. Sounds sort of scary doesn't it? I hope you are getting over its side effects. And that could be embarrassing too. I don't have the percentages of someone getting it. Perhaps more research on the web would help. I'm not sure how long I was on it before my other doctor put me on Seroquel. But it was a long time and it did help me. I don't know why my other doctor didn't put me on Seroquel to begin with.

Anyway Seroquel is so high priced I just did some searching under Seroquel and sometimes in parenthesis(?sp) was the word Quetiapine. Do searches under that. You will get a lot of hits. Some pharmacies are much cheaper than others. Research it and you will find.

About the Navane, it is an old medication. But it is very cheap. $5 co-pay I think for me anyway. I've heard of people take up to 800 mgs of Seroquel. shananigens, I would stay on Seroquel if your parents would help you pay for it. I mean it is supposed to be safer, but high priced after I reached maximum $ permitted per year. It may be a risk for me, but I may go back on Navane. I'll see what my doctor says this Tuesday. Good luck.
There is no generic for seroquel. There are though two kinds, Seroquel XR and regular Seroquel. Ive been on both. I was on Seroquel for over 4 yrs. without insurace, it is EXTREMLY expensive. If you are getting it paid for, take advantage of it. By the time i was able to get off of this horrid medication i was taking up to 800mg a night and sometimes more during the day with absolutely no side effects and no sedatation effects either. It also raised my tolerance to all other medications that i put into my body. i warn you, seroquel is not a medication for long term use. It requires blood monitoring, it can be an onset for diabetes, you can develop tolerance easily, heart problems, high blood sugar, coma, and so much more.listen to the comercials that broadcast on television about it. look it up. I have permanent heart problems due to seroquel. I see tv showing off seroquel to everyone now like its the best new thing. its not. try and keep it at a low dose where its safe. the higher you go, the more you are at risk for health and tolerance and also, the price. Believe me. I have first-hand experience with the drug and many many others.
oh yes, and if you do want to look up seroquel, dont just look up quetiapine, look up the full name, quetiapine fumarate. you may find more. or just plain, Seroquel.
hi there, i live in new zealand and find it hard to imagine how you guys cope with the cost of quitiapine/seroquel. here it is subsidised and costs $3.00 per month. I have been using now for about a year and am now trying to come off it beause of the trouble i have waking up in mornings. It also caused my restless legs to get alot worse because it made me exessively tired. I now have an issue with the fact that i can no longer get to sleep at nights with out it. am exhausted but dont want to resort to sleeping tablets etc. This was not an issue for me prior to starting on quitiapine. does anyone have a clue how long it takes for your body to go back to normal after stopping this medication? i hope that you can all find a way of getting it cheaper as it is a good drug for alot of people. thanks