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mark26
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Earlier this year I was put on Seroquel (400mg) I used to take Risperidone. I was doing fine on the Risperidone for a number of years. I used to drink on it the normal amount of alcohol someone who would socially binge drink on a night out would use to drink on a weekly night out. Anyway I came off the Risperidone because they thought I was ok without it. After a few weeks my symptoms came back (I was getting more worried and paranoid -Schizophrenic symptoms?), anyway I went back onto the Risperidone but after a blood test I was advised to go onto Seroquel due to high Prolactin levels and a few side effects including drowsiness. Anyway when I went onto the Seroquel it has just started making me even more drowsy when I take it and if I sleep on it I would sleep for 12 hours +. Especially if I drank with it..I could stay in bed up to 16 hours or just turn up at work like a zombie. I didn't want to though I was trying to get myself back to normal. On top of that I started to get high levels of anxiety and nervousness. To an extent that my new team at work think I'm a psycho and to an extent bully or joke about me. Anyway I was advised to start taking the tablet at 12pm lunchtime and to avoid the drinking (so I know drink a maximum of 2-3 drinks once a week). It worked for 2 or 3 weeks and I felt much happier the best I'd felt for a long while, but now the medication just kicks in an hour or two after I take it and I just feel heavily sedated and drowsy and the anxiety comes back. Even last night I went for a night out and was falling asleep in a nightclub! I then came back and slept for about 13 hours straight until my Dad woke me up. I'm due another dose now but am scared to take it.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Mark26 to Healingwell. To be honest, I really don't think you should be drinking at all on these meds. I just don't think the two together mix well. I think you could be doing yourself more harm. I would talk to your pdoc about this again. I think you should be taking your meds, but adding alchohol to the mix could be dangerous.

Good luck,
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Mark26,

I do agree with Nanners about mixing alcohol with your meds. Alcohol is known for its effects in depressing the body (and mind, too, in my personal experience), and combining that with a medication designed for the same purpose is not wise.

Regarding the drowsiness, that could be a side effect of your new med, as I know for me, some side effects kicked in as I was just starting a med, and others not until it had reached its saturation point in my body (2, 3, 4 weeks into treatment). I really encourage you to phone your doctor and ask him/her about the drowsiness. Maybe this drug isn't the right one for you at this point, and your doc can help you sort that out.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Mark,

Welcome to HealingWell.

It is not good to combine alcohol and Seroquel. Taking these two substances together can increase the side effects of Seroquel, especially drowsiness or low blood pressure. A person's tolerance for alcohol may also be affected. If you decide to drink anyhow, talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol and Seroquel, including how it affects your specific situation.

I hope you get to feeling better but please do see your physician.

Again a warm welcome

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Meemur
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   Posted 1/11/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, i have tried both these meds for short periods of time...

the seroquel made me feel like a zombie as well, when i would take it i would have to go straight to sleep otherwise i would barely be able to make it into my bed. I would feel like i was tripping and start having vivid dreams... it was awful.

seroquel has an off-label use for anxiety, but in fact it can also cause anxiety in some people, which is aggravating. it caused me to feel jittery and out of it which made me very anxious.

definitely try to not drink on it, it just makes the symptoms soooooo much worse, chose one or the other.

good luck!

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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Mark26 :)

It is nice to meet you and welcome to HealingWell! I don't want to rehash what you have already been advised because you know deep down that mixing your meds and alcohol is not healthy. I suggest you let your doc know about the problems you are having and if you can't handle quittting drinking, you might consider checking into rehab to have people on hand to help you. I wish you the best of luck!
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mark26
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the advice folks, I guess it's safer not drinking on this stuff, but recently I was regularly drinking up to 15-20 drinks on a regular night. Now i've cut right down to 2-3 drinks (once or twice per week). I'm kind of always out on the night, in the local indie music / gigs etc and it's kind of hard to adjust to not drinking as I'm really into those sort of nights out and their culture etc. I haven't taken any med today but will take a 100mg tonight and then hopefully get to speak to someone tomorrow at the mental health service. I'm sure the 400mg are far too powerful or at leaast not the right thing. Even if they're meant to be sustained release they still kick in far too fast.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome, Mark. i hear what you are saying about the industry being a tempting place with alcohol, and i totally applaud your effort to reduce your drinking, thats a huge improvement. but i agree with the others- I would wean myself off it altogether if i was you. Im 28 and have been medicated for nearly 15yrs, ive felt like a zombie, ive had the ups and downs with side effects- but the best thing i ever did for my mental and physical health was to quit drinking altogether. i know it sounds drastic, but i havent touched alcohol since i was 22, and i do not miss it. my colleagues have come to understand and accept this, as have my friends, who totally respect my decision. i also dont feel im having any less of a good time- i just came back from a beach weekend holiday party that went for 72hrs and all my mates were drunk, and i was totally sober, and i still had a blast.

Have you discussed what you are going through with your doctor? you really need a professional opinion, but remember we are here to listen, support, encourage, give advice where we can, and just help you. keep us posted,

Maz XX


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mark26
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   Posted 1/11/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I have a friend who's completely stopped drinking for several years now. To be honest though I kind of miss it even just cutting down to 2 or 3 drinks. It's also difficult when people ask you why you're not drinking when they're used to you drinking... I'm not really sure why...I just kind of enjoy the different feeling of being drunk for a while and enjoy the taste of so many alcholic drinks.

Is caffeine safe enough to drink when you're on Seroquel? I don't mind just having several red bulls on a night out it still seems alright.

I was thinking that maybe the high dosage I'm taking now (400mg) is too much now I'm not drinking. When I take the 400mg it just feels like an overdose and sedates me far too much.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   

anyone who suffers from anxiety, panic, depression etc should try and avoid caffeine as much as possible as it is a stimulant- energy drinks like red bull have a high caffeine quantity compared to an average cup of coffee, and it can make you nervy, heart race etc. i am actually allergic to caffeine, but even if i could tolerate it, i wouldnt, not with anxiety. i avoid all stimulants, and i avoid alcohol for my health- but also for religious reasons- but alcohol is a depressant, so be careful,

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. First diagnosed at 14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


mark26
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   Posted 1/12/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm just going to try taking the 100mg each night for a few days now until I can see someone from the health service on Thursday. Seems to be alright so far.

I seem to shiver a little bit when my bodies not had any seroquel for a few hours or when i'm due a dose I guess that's normal?

nervymeg
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   Posted 1/12/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mark,

That sounds like a really good plan to just take 100mg and build up slowly. New meds can really throw our bodies around a bit, so it's best to take it easy with doses. I hope you find this eases your anxiety about taking the med. Let us know how you go k?

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