SEROQUEL QUESTION-AGAIN

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Wotan
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   Posted 3/16/2006 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again--Past January i posted a question re: Seroquel.   At the time--I also was on Effexor--which---Thank God---I'm off now over 6 weeks.
 
Here's my question. An hour before bed--I take 5 mg of Valium.  (Have been on Valium many years--it's good--no problem--only take 10 mg/day)
 
BUT---I've been on Seroquel since last Aug (little over 6 months)--50mg.
 
Past Jan. noted a strange thing---tho it RARELY happens----that---RIGHT BEFORE falling off to sleep---i AWAKE in a panic---(NOT a "panic attack")---feels like i am GOING to DIE!!!   Like---strange feeling w breathing & in my head---my heart is pounding.    As long as I stay awake---it's OK---as I FEAR trying to go to sleep again----in Jan---one nite it happened 2 or 3 times--BEFORE i finally got to sleep---once asleep--I'm OK.
 
Told my pdoc---he seem baffled--as did my therapist.   THEN---LAST NITE--happened AGAIN!   about to fall off--then jerk awake--TERRIFIED!  My wife in different room---I felt SO helpless--i nearly picked up my phone to CALL her --to call 911.    THAT is my "state of mind" is----it's so SCARY!
 
 I stayed up---had radio on--changed position---then---went back to sleep--thankfully--with no further problems.  I did a search today on this--& found ANOTHER "Forum" where a guy taking Seroquel--described---EXACT SAME THING--to a TEE!!  His seemed more frequent than mine (like i said----mine--just has happened 2 or 3 times in 6 months)
 
ANYONE---have this experience.  Please---this is NOT: 1) A "panic attack"---or #2) A "sleep jerk"....I'm talking about awakening & actually feeling IMMINENT DEATH!!      I left a message w my pdoc today--to call me.     ONE last question----anyone ever wean off Seroquel?   Does it have to be done VERY gradually (not like Effexor--Thank God)---again--I'm on 50 mg---would i go to 25mg for --like 2 weeks or so--then 12.5mg for another week.   PLEASE--someone---ANYONE get back.
 
I had my SSD Hearing this past Friday--it went well---my atty feels it's not a question of IF....I'm disabled...but--as of WHEN (My "onset date)----One last thing----i was thinking MAYBE its something i take WITH the Seroquel----some nites I take a lot of this "Ginger Candy" ---ALTOIDS---Strong Ginger---COULD the "ginger" be interacting WITH the Seroquel?  Who knows---Ginger can be strong stuff---Get back--Thanks--
 

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   Posted 3/16/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm really not sure Robert. I just didn't want you to think that your post was being ignored. The only experience I've had that's close to that is I wake on my feet in places I didn't go to sleep.
I hope someone has some answers for you.
Good Night and God Bless
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Wotan
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   Posted 3/17/2006 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ellie---So kind of you to respond.   Talked w my pdoc yesterday-& my pharmacist.  Both say it's nothing to worry about. Last nite-i slept fine.  I have theory---it's only happened twice over 6 months---both times---i went to much too late--AFTER taking my meds.     Would be interstering to read any other people.   Robert yeah

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   Posted 3/17/2006 5:23 PM (GMT 0)   
Hey Wotan,

Have you discussed with your psychiatrist why you're on Quetiapine at all? At that low of a dose, Quetiapine has not been shown to have any effects other than on the histimine receptors (i.e., sleep). According to Dr. Kapur and his colleagues -- in vivo studies show that Quetiapine starts really working at 100mg - 800mg (or higher).

Wotan
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   Posted 3/17/2006 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks--Yes, I'm on the Seroquel simply for sleep.  I'm on Neurontin for mood stabilization.    I'm aware of the Seroquel doses as an "anti-psychotic" ---Thanks---I'm trying to wean off of it.     I guess it's not like weaning off ant-depressants (EffexorXR)----I can just cut the dose in half -for--a week----then half again---& stop,    Thanks again--Robert  

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   Posted 3/22/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same thing happen with Seroquel.  I have very vivid and wild dreams resulting in me snoring and talking in my sleep.  But I, too, have the sudden awakening at the beginning of my sleep where I will sit straight up in the bed and have to re-group.  It's a sudden onset of doom or pending death!  Sometimes I even "think" I hear a loud noise that wakes me up and I will panic!  It is scary.  I'm on the same dosage but often take Xanax 2-3/day and 200 mg Zoloft per day for depression.  I have insomnia...another reason for the Seroquel....sleep!!  It does help me to sleep but it's rough getting there or staying asleep still.  Perhaps I need a bigger dosage??  Any doctors out there?
 
I'll ask my psych doc next time.  Thanks for sharing...me, too!!
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Wotan
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   Posted 3/22/2006 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
 Hi Fredschik-      How much Seroquel are you taking?

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   Posted 3/27/2006 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont know a lot about the Seraquel, but I do know that at 200mgs it gives me horrid nite terrors. Nitemares where I wake screaming and in a sweat for some reason. I asked my Dr and he said that it does have that effect on some people ..... but then I take a multitude of things so it may be any of them. I also take lithium, prozac, clonazepam and welbutrin daily

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   Posted 1/31/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   
hello will this open this thread again as i realise its old.
i too am on quietipine was on 300 then 200 as i asked my doc to reduce cos i was sleeping too much .i also have awake mare's ( my invented word ) and been told that i talk in sleep and also when was on a working holiday my collegue said i woke up sat up and started shouting "get off" and punching outwards she said she said my name and i grunted and went back to sleep.
i've often wondered if it sleep apnea i'm in the process of been accessed as not doing that good at mo but getting it sorted hopefully. is there any other anti pychotic which i can try ?? as i've been on olanzapine for couple of yerars then rispiridone for bout 5 years then ambilify for few months i'd say and been on quitepine about a year and half now

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   Posted 1/31/2010 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello karonnyroo:

Welcome to HealingWell and the bipolar board.

There are plenty more antipsych's to try. Some of the newer ones have fewer dramatic side effects -- like Abilify. Not that they don't have any... and they may not be right for you. So talk to your doc.

Good luck,
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   Posted 2/13/2010 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi...

Last December I had this right when I fell asleep, waking up, sitting up, sometimes screaming, but always terrified.  I too got scared to go to sleep.  I was on 400mg of seroquel, plus  some other tried and true meds...klonopin being one of them that I had been on for years.  Well, everyone was baffled, because nothing had really changed in my meds except a prescrition antihistomine that my primary doc put me on.  I was taken off the antihistimine and within 3 days I was "normal", so look at all your drugs, over the counter, other than pysch drugs and see if you can come up with anything.  Good luck.  I know what you are going thru is horrible.  I hope you get relief soon.


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   Posted 8/25/2010 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on seroquel 600 dailly with zoloft and anafranil.. the pdoc gave me that for a panic in the morning i feel scary in my legs now after one month and a half i feel better but still there is some in the morning only.

Peace

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   Posted 8/25/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Peace! Welcome to HW! We're (I'm) only a little bit crazy here. LOLOL Isn't that a REALLY high dose for Seroquel. My pdoc said dose is 200 - 300 mg.
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   Posted 8/25/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
The recommended Seroquel dose range of 400 mg/day to 800 mg/day is  based on individaul response and tolerability.
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tortoise11
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   Posted 8/26/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
horse crazy said...

Hi...

Last December I had this right when I fell asleep, waking up, sitting up, sometimes screaming, but always terrified.  I too got scared to go to sleep.  I was on 400mg of seroquel, plus  some other tried and true meds...klonopin being one of them that I had been on for years.  Well, everyone was baffled, because nothing had really changed in my meds except a prescrition antihistomine that my primary doc put me on.  I was taken off the antihistimine and within 3 days I was "normal", so look at all your drugs, over the counter, other than pysch drugs and see if you can come up with anything.  Good luck.  I know what you are going thru is horrible.  I hope you get relief soon.

I agree to check OTC meds - all meds - for interactions!  I'm on Lamictal, Klonopin, and starting Seroquel.

I can't take:

  • Benadryl  (Loratidine is OK)
  • Tylenol (Ibuprofen is OK)
  • ANY cough/cold medicine (Loratidine helps for runny nose/post-nasal drip
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Alcohol

I can't even remember the last of the list.  I always think of benadrul and tylenol as "safe" and "benign" OTC meds.  Well if you ever combine Lamictal and Benadryl, you'll never forget being curled up in a fetal position in a black room with a killer migraine.


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   Posted 9/24/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. - my 32yo wife is on her 2nd night of 600mg Seroquel, prescribed after her first manic episode in 10yrs. She is talking and thrashing through her sleep next to me right now...apnea too....its clearly the seroquel. No other meds involved....just wanted to confirm what this thread suspects.

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   Posted 9/25/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
That's a crazy-high dose of Seroquel! Then again, I'm on a crazy-low dose of Seroquel.

Also, I can't tolerate regular Seroquel, but the XR version works great.
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manjushr
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   Posted 9/25/2010 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What reference do you have that 600mg of seroquel is a "crazy high dose"? Recommended dosages are in the 400 to 800 range. No?

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   Posted 9/25/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hm, taking Seroquel for sleep, and anxiety and it seems to be causing anxiety.

What about Trazadone? Some people have said that the "new" meds have more side effects than the old ones.

Just a thought, I'm not a doc.

Googled "side effects of Ginger" and did not find drug interactions with Seroquel or psych drugs, and side effects are usually GI in nature with high doses.

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   Posted 6/13/2011 11:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I use 2 b on 400mg a night this use 2 happen 2 me so scary I thought I was goin 2 die there & then every time! U r not alone.

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   Posted 6/14/2011 2:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on 600 mg for a few months a couple of years ago. I slept like a stone, but it did nothing to help with the depression. (That I could tell, any way.) I had been on 25 mg for a while, before sleep, and it was wonderful, because I woke up clear-headed and no matter what, I couldn't cry. So my doc increased it when I got sick last time. I went from about 50 mg to 600 mg and stayed there for several months. Then over the last year, our purpose was to reduce my seroquel, and we did, by 50 mg every months. It worked out okay, I still take 100 mg of Seroquel. I'm afraid to go off it.

I take 200 mg of Trazodone, and together with the 100 of Seroquel, it's a great goodnight cocktail.
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   Posted 6/14/2011 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
same on the xr. imment death. not sleeping on the regular at the moment, 900mg was up to 1200mg. been on it many yrs, with compassion, jamie., thought it wqas just me. cheers for posting your situation, i appreciate it.
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