serequel and risperodol

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thisistoocomplex
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   Posted 9/22/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
..exuse my spelling.
I was wondering if anyone else has had negative reactions to these two drugs. upon first being diagnosed as bipolar, I was put on these two anti-pychotic medications when in the hopsital, and i have to say they didnt help and only served to make my condition worse (as far as the pychosis) also physically I was in much pain almost to the point of muscular dytrophy- i do not make light of that condition but that is what it felt like. i was stiff and couldnt relax, i've never felt such pain in my muscles or joints.
its possible i had an allergic reaction or was given the wrong dose, or too much. was only wondering if others have had this problem. i believe these medicines to be dangerous though have heard of them helping others..

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   Posted 9/22/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
The Seroquel made me depressed and tired all of the time, and Risperidal made me cycle from depression to violent angry episodes. I wasn't willing to try an increase or decrease in the dosage of either one because I felt so miserable.
 
Remember though, not everyone experiences the same reactions with most drugs. I was one of the unlucky ones.
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   Posted 9/22/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there. I have been on Seroquel for three years now and even while pregnant. I haven't had any side effects from it and it works wonderfully for me.

Like Lorraine said though, not everyone experiences the same reactions with drugs. I am sorry to hear that you went through that.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
smurf I am taking Seroquel and really like it! Have you gained any weight on this?






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   Posted 11/1/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ruth,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the Bipolar Board. It's good you jumped right in. When you get a second, take a moment to begin a "New Topic" and tell us a little bit about yourself and what you're looking for in a forum. So glad you're here.

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   Posted 11/1/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on seroquil for bipolar for almost 2 years and gained tons of weight and was also tired all the time
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   Posted 11/2/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
acaisha,

I never knew you were bipolar. Huh. What do you know? Welcome to the club.

What do you take now?

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   Posted 11/3/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Seroquel for about a month.  Gained lots of weight and felt like a zombie, though I did sleep well and my mind was not racing when I woke up.  Had to discontinue because I have a strong family history of diabetes and this is one drug that has been known to induce diabetes.  Right now I have just been put on Trileptal which so far is working well.  My "insides" feel calm instead of feeling like I am inside a blender all the time.  This is med #7 for me and I hope it works because I have had no side effects at all.  This was always the problem with me, unbearable side effects.
The key is to keep trying and find that right med. combo along with some positive mental adjustments.  All BP's I know are very caring, creative people. I wonder if any PDoc has ever done an IQ test on BP people?  I have an idea that the scores would be pretty much above average.
 
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   Posted 11/3/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Serafena I am not honestly sure I am bipolar. Or maybe i am bipolar in denial lol. I take nothing now but my mood swings and mania seem more connected to my period then anything. I honestly believe its hormonal and now that I am done being pregnant I am going to peruse that angle. When I read about premenstrual dysphoric disorder it seems to fit so close to the same symptoms of bipolar which I was diagnosed with by a pdoc, that I am not sure if he is correct. It seems more like instead of being a rapid cycler I am getting symptoms about 2 weeks before my period which is more like PDD then Bipolar. I had actually posted here way back asking if anyone had ever been told they were bipolar then looked into PDD (the ladies obviously). The reason I also think this is when I was pregnant I had no mood swings at all, no mania.. nothing.. but now that I am not I am getting them again.

I donno... I guess I'm confused and torn but either way I am just living with it O' Natural :)
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   Posted 11/3/2008 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
That's really interesting, Acaisha.

I haven't heard of that diagnosis getting confused with bipolar, but it seems to make total sense for you, so I'd go with it. If it works for you to go "O'Natural" then do it -- it's certainly better than being loaded up with drugs. The problem with most bipolars is that it absolutely doesn't work, which is a sign that you aren't truly bipolar, I'd say. Your mood swings would probably be getting worse, not better. But who knows? I'm no doc. :-) But any sort of mood disorder is no fun, so you're always welcome here, no matter what you've got, that's certain.

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   Posted 11/3/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I have heard of people being pregnant and their symptoms disappearing. I have just been keeping a close eye on things.
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   Posted 11/4/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thisistoocomplex-

my fiance, who is bp, has been taking risperdal for about a year. He takes it at night and his experience is that it controls the paranoia that he experiences with mania.

The one side effect (aside from the exhaustion, which is why he takes it before bed) is that sometimes he wakes with joint pain. His pdoc told him that if he cut his dose a bit, this would subside. Thankfully, this side effect has gone away on its own.

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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I was put on seroquel for severe anxiety and was helped a lot by it. I was having anxiety to such a degree that I could barely swallow food and was choking. I have had muscle tightness during panic attacks and soreness after. Not saying that is it just that is something that I have experienced. Have you tried anything for anxiety? It may only be temporary fix but it's a miserable feeling not to be able to relax. I take Ativan (Lorazepam generic).
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi bluerosesix,

Thanks for hopping on over to the bipolar board. It's nice to have you.

I think that's an excellent suggestion. Anxiety can produce some very real physical symptoms.

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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
acaisha said...
Serafena I am not honestly sure I am bipolar. Or maybe i am bipolar in denial lol. I take nothing now but my mood swings and mania seem more connected to my period then anything. I honestly believe its hormonal and now that I am done being pregnant I am going to peruse that angle. When I read about premenstrual dysphoric disorder it seems to fit so close to the same symptoms of bipolar which I was diagnosed with by a pdoc, that I am not sure if he is correct. It seems more like instead of being a rapid cycler I am getting symptoms about 2 weeks before my period which is more like PDD then Bipolar. I had actually posted here way back asking if anyone had ever been told they were bipolar then looked into PDD (the ladies obviously). The reason I also think this is when I was pregnant I had no mood swings at all, no mania.. nothing.. but now that I am not I am getting them again.

I donno... I guess I'm confused and torn but either way I am just living with it O' Natural :)

ADHD is often confused with, and many times go hand-in-hand with bipolar.  Have you been tested for that?

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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Lorraine-NL said...
The Seroquel made me depressed and tired all of the time, and Risperidal made me cycle from depression to violent angry episodes. I wasn't willing to try an increase or decrease in the dosage of either one because I felt so miserable.
 
Remember though, not everyone experiences the same reactions with most drugs. I was one of the unlucky ones.

Same reaction w/ my wife on Risperdol (and just aboutevery mood stabilizer)... cycling... feeling of hollowness, nothingness, etc.  Gained 20 pounds in 6 weeks before going off of it. 
 
 

fast1toochase
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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
this was such a helpful forfum! I learned alot of great info, about how people are handelling Seroquel. i don't think the seroquel is helping my depression, it just makes me tiered and dopey feeling. excuse the spelling. i am thinking about talking to dr's about maybe some thing else what do you think? is there something other than seroquel so i don't feel the pain and depression.

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   Posted 11/6/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Fast1toochase,

I don't think seroquel is really very good with depression at all. It's more for anxiety and mania. Your doc might give you something else for depression. There's a ton of anti-depressants, but not all work well with seroquel, and not all will work well for you. You definitely have to let the doc know, though.

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