Elisha, this is Jim again. The correct spelling of the medication is actually Quetiapine is known by the brand name Seriquil. It is classified as an antiphycotic. I take it at night and it is very good for sleep.
hello to all,
I have been diagnosed as atypical bipolar type II! The labels might bother some people, however it may have saved my life because now I am receiving treatment for bipolarII instead of depression! And... Lamictal, a mood stabilizer, seems to have put the depression syptoms into remission! (I cross my fingers and pray) I take a high dose of 400mg because 150 mg did not lesson the severe depression phase. I also take 100mg of effexor.
I have been dealling w/ depression all of my life! I did not even realize what was wrong w/ me until I was 28!! I thought I was moody, fat, lazy, mean, *****y! I never thought it was an actual disease because I would be normal for about 6 months and then suffer debilitating depression for about 2 months. This cycle played over and over for years and I did not know what was wrong with me!!!! I also did not see the pattern until I was about 32! I was finally able to predict the next time I would go down and I was quite accurate! (within 2 weeks)
One major event has helped me deal with depression....
I was diagnosed with stage III B breast cancer. This occurred almost 2 years ago and I had a mastectomy followed by chemo, then a severe bout of suicidal depression, and finally radiation! (I can not get the itallics to stop!!) So far I am doing ok as far as breast cancer... I will not hesitate to say that depression is sooooooooooo much harder to survive than cancer!!! Depression breaks your will to live and for some of us we somehow make it through. My heart goes out to those who do not survive depression. I was in an up phases during cancer treatments and I prayed to live, but during bouts of depression I prayed to die. Such termoil!
ElishaCo~Mod: DepressionModerator: Heart & Cardiovascular Diseasehttp://www.healingwell.com/donate
Have you ever been on effexor? My doctor recently suggested coming off effexor and going onto Mirtazapine. Apparently Mirtazapine is much better for sleep than effexor. I am really struggling with the sleep issue on 150mg effexor XL. Any advise on starting this new drug? Do I have to come off effexor totally before I can change to Mirtazapine?
Hi twopeople, I just wanted to let you know that Jim hasnt posted in quite sometime...this thread here is from last year so I dont know if he will reply to your post or not. I did want to weigh in on this though as I take Effexor and I have to take it in the morning or else I wouldnt be able to sleep at night...it gives me quite a boost of energy. I havent ever heard of Effexor being prescribed to help with sleep in combination with depression...that is odd.
I was prescribed Mirtazapine (Remeron) several years ago and was told by my doc to take it before bed as it would help for sleeping. It pretty much knocked me out flat within 15 minutes of taking it. I am pretty sensitive to medications . Anyway, Remeron didnt work out so well for me so I did end up going off of it and switching to something else. But, it is really good for people who have sleep issues and is an effective treatment for depression.
Good luck with the switch if you do decide to go for it...
Thank you for responding. When I said my doctor was considering changing me from Effexor to Mirtazapine to help sleep I meant that he thought I would sleep without sleeping tablets. I am currently on 150mg effexor which I take in the morning and just cannot sleep without a dalmane sleeping tablet at night. By changing to Mirtazapine I should be able to cut out the sleeping tablets altogether. I actually sleep very well using the dalmane and wake up refreshed but I suppose it is not good to be on sleeping tablets for ever!
Have you problems with sleep while taking effexor? Any tips gratefully received.
Glad to hear you have come out the other side again. It is a great feeling isn't it - why can't life be as good as this all the time? Maybe our bouts of depression make us really appreciate the good times that most other people seem to take for granted.
Interesting to hear that the effexor doesn't keep you awake at night. How much do you take. I have always been a fairly bad sleeper. My husband on the other hand would be sleeping as soon as his head hits the pillow