Seroquel for sleep?

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   Posted 5/6/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone.
Well I went to my doctor's appointment yesterday, and he said the cut on my hand looked good and to just keep on doing what I'm doing. I have to make sure I keep it really clean cause it is on my hand, and hands attract alot of bacteria of course. Well my doctor said I was doing wonderful, he didnt even UA me cause he trusts me so much, which is great, but I wouldnt of mind cause of course I dont do any thing illegal at all, I dont even drink. But I told him about my sleeping issues and how I've tried everything over the counter and they just make me have more crazy dreams, and the melatonin didnt do anything. I get around 3 hours of sleep, usually after my kids go to school in the morning. So he gave me Seroquel 100mg, which I've had this med before for bipolar about 3-4 years ago, so I dont really remember the side effects. So I guess they couldnt of been that bad if I dont remember because I really remember all the ones that gave me bad side effects. But I was wondering if anyone here has ever tried seroquel for sleep. The doctor told me to wait til the weekend to start the seroquel incase I need to sleep in (my kids of course count on me waking them up in the mornings and making their lunch and giving them a ride to school cause we have a pervert walking around the school grounds reeling in kids with a cat and dog, so even sending my kids for a one block walk to school makes me nervous right now). but then again my kids love the weekends cause I always make them their favorite breakfasts, it's kinda like our fun family time sitting around in our PJs making a mess in the kitchen making home made donuts or chocolate chip pancakes, and I know if I sleep in, they will get upset at me. So taking a med that will make me feel sleepy all day makes me nervous. And the doctor said the only bad thing about this med is feeling hungry all the time, and I cant gain more weight, I'm already on borderline to become overweight. Well anyways, I must go, I'm starting to get a bad headache.
26 years old, single mother of 2 children, 7 year old girl and 9 year old boy
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neon cactus
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   Posted 5/7/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Low dose Seroquel is often prescribed as a sleeping aid - off label use. Works well, no hangover, just take it and go straight to bed or it can give you a 'snack attack'. If you do feel like having a wee snack, keep it smart and simple - like some apple wedges or grapes. If you stay up too long, you'll find yourself munching, and that's when the pounds creep on. Sweet Dreams!

Ankylosing Spondylitis & Crohns

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   Posted 5/7/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hello Kitty,

I have difficulty sleeping as well. One of the side effects of oxycodone for me is insomnia. It is kind of wierd. When I first take the med for pain I feel relaxed as it kicks in and relieves the pain. And then later on it does just the opposite, it keeps me up. My pain doc put me on Lunesta. He claims it is one of the "clean" sleeping aids..that is, low side effects. For me it does not have a next morning hang over, it goes to work quickly and I have very few bad dreams with it. It also appears to be non-habit forming. Again, this is how it works with me. Your mileage may vary. But it's worth a try. You might mention it to your doc.

Degenerative disc disease, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/10/2009 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
My Dr. gave me Serequel 50mg. for my insomnia about a year ago. I had the next am hangover if I couldn't spend at least 9-10hrs. sleeping. I gained 10 pounds in 2wks. without changing anything in my diet or exercise.
Need less to say...that was the end of me and Serequel.

Hope you can find something that works for you without the side effects.
Take care.

Stella Marie
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   Posted 5/11/2009 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Seroquel is an extremely powerful antipsychotic medication.  One of the side effects is sleepiness.  I has serious side effects - massive weight gain and adult diabetes for starters.  Unless I was suffering from serious depression and major psychiatric issues like Bipolar Disease or psychosis, I would have to think long and hard about using a power drug like that for a side effect. 

Stella Marie

Rare neurodegenerative disease called “Multiple System Atrophy”.  Wheelchair, O2, & Bipap, intrathecal pump, neurostimulator, dystonia, neuropathic pain,  spasticity...etc..etc.

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