Seroquel as a sleeping aide

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rachv12
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   Posted 5/16/2006 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Seroquel is supposed to help me sleep better, but it does nothing but leave me feeling terrible in the morning. The sleepiness doesnt wear off until late in the day. It does tend to knock me out at night,...but it doesnt keep me asleep. I take it about 1 hour before bedtime and i've experimented with taking it earlier. I know this is something I should take up with my doctor, but i dont go back for another 2 weeks. Has anyone had any success with Seroquel used as a sleeping aide?

Narianna
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   Posted 5/16/2006 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
i haven't tried that but trazadone did the same thing for me... The psychiatrist said the sleeping pill with the shortest half life and most agressive treatment is Ambien... However my insurance company won't pay for Ambien until i try 2 other sleeping pills first... i'm still trying the first of the 2 and i think it is called triazapam... Or something along those lines... It still doesn't wear off quick enough and i feel as though, to put me and keep me asleep, i need about 2 times the dosage i'm on... But i have found that it's better than the trazedone... Maybe suggest Ambien to Your doctor? Anyway, good luck...

mysts
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   Posted 5/16/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
my doctor prescribe me with Valium (Diazepam) then Lorazepam for my sleeping difficulties. They're more like a muscle relaxant or sedative. But they're habit forming drugs and you may become dependant or addictive.

Sory I don't know about Seroquel.

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Akram
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   Posted 5/17/2006 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I used serquel for a few months and it does help me sleep, i dont know how it works but i feel very tiered after i take it , and i get a slight dizzyness. i also noticed the side effects you mentioned, spesificly when i wake up in the morning i feel i want to continue sleeping and feel a little misrable. but then again i'm always having problems getting out of bed in the morning , just maybe serquel increased my problems.

I am now off serquel and i am happy to try to sleep on my own without medication, cause i normally dont have trouble sleeping i usually have problems waking up though.
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Narianna
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   Posted 5/17/2006 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Akram, i have the same problems also... Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep but then it seems like morning hits and all of a sudden i can't wake up... Sometimes i worry that i'm a friggin vampire... hehehe Just kidding... Anyway, i just wanted to let Ya know that i have the same probs and that's why Ambien was recommended to me... But i haven't tried it yet so i don't how well it works...

CassandraLee
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   Posted 5/17/2006 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi.  In regards to trouble falling asleep and staying asleep I have been battling both for quite awhile.  For a long time (i.e. several years) I was on Xanax, but my body became too used to it and it was not effective.  Then I was given Seroquel to try.  Like most of you I was very tired but very groggy in the morning.  I may have been able to work through this, except that by morning I was ravenous.  I couldn't stop shaking/eating for the rest of the day. And as I also have eating disorder(s) that wasn't good.  So, 2 weeks later I was put on Ambien and that worked well for a little while.  But when that stopped working (about 3 months later) I was told that our bodies get used to this too fast and it is only effective for short term use.  Now I am on Trazadone, which I take right before I go to bed.  And yes, yeah this knocks me out.  However, the one catch is I need to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, otherwise I sleep right through the alarm.  

Last, on a non-medicinal basis, listening to a hypnosis tape that my therapist did with me, helps me to relax and fall asleep easier. And others on this board have recently talked about girly baths, quiet music (Enya), reading or just quiet time before bedtime.  I truly hopes this helps and if I haven't put you to sleep yet.... redface I'm truly sorry.  I'm just about falling asleep writing this.

Good Luck,

Cass

 

 


Akram
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   Posted 5/18/2006 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
well i seem to be doing ok this week, 3 days on a row i wake up around 8:30 , no sleep in the afternoon. after working a full time job, i return home and i start getting sleepy at 8 for some reason . but when it becomes 12AM or 1AM i don't feel like sleeping, this is another problem.
I think you have to do these things to be able to sleep:
* stop any stimulating or excersize before 9M oclock to give you time to start relaxing
* don't eat food after 9 PM, glass of milk or water is ok
* dont put the PC im your bedroom
* hot bath might help also if you want
* use sleeping pils only when you feel your gona have trouble to sleep not everynight
* excersize , walking or gym
* dont sleep in the afternoon, if u feel tierd try relaxing on chair or just lie down for 5 mins

i do most of the above. but when i am not working i kind of screwup lol
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mysts
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   Posted 5/18/2006 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't know that actually Ambien is Stilnox! LOL! Well I was on Stilnox last year but not for long. Maybe one month and a half. It was ok but like cass said, our body get used with the drug. So my doctor stop prescribing me with it. But really, i had a tite sleep with the help of Stilnox (Ambien).

Good sleeping tips from Akram. Good luck rach!!
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karamac
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   Posted 5/20/2006 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
 
My doctor mentioned seroquel to me but I will try my darndest not to take an antipsychotic as it is possible to develop tardive dyskenesia from antipsycotics.
 
I have had a long standing problem with insomnia which has been made worse by antidepressants i've taken in the past. I have taken Immovane ( zopiclone ) for yrs and yrs now and it has always worked for me. I am trying the a/d remeron right now to try to address all three problems with one pill. Insomnia, anxiety and depression.
 
Hope you find what works for you.
Kara

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   Posted 7/19/2006 11:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Took Seroquel...it pout me to sleep within about 30 mins but was a somewhat uncomfortable sleep. It made my legs real jumpy. They now have another drug fro that....more darn pills.

Doc put me on Ambian. If taken on an empty stomach theyre great. They dont last that long. I usually take one at 10 pm then at 5 am and get up at 10 am rested and ready to roll!

Tried Lunesta and it didnt work well for me. Took to long to work, funny taste in mouth and dragged me out the next day.

Good l;uck.

els
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   Posted 7/20/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I don’t take Seroquel but recently my mom's doctor put her on it to help her sleep.  She is a nurse and works 12-hour night shifts so she is pretty stressed.  She was taking and has been for years 4mg of Xanax and 3 Tylenol PM to help her get to sleep.  My concern is that now the doc has put her on Lunesta, which she takes, the Seroquel and has slowly bumped it up to 400mg at bedtime.  She still isn’t sleeping properly in her estimation so she has started to take the Xanax with it again but only 2mg now.  I am worried she is going to end up taking too much...Plus, Seroquel is supposed to be an Antipsychotic medication in use for Bipolar Disorders which my mom doesn’t have, she does have Major Depression though, so I have some concerns on how effective this medication is for sleep on someone who doesn’t have BP?

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