Seroquel..can anyone give me info on this drug?

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rdmoklahoma
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   Posted 12/15/2006 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to a my first therapist yesterday for my a/p. He asked me the standard quetions that they ask, we didn't have time to get into any of the things that I think are causing me to have such anxiety the past year.He kind of rushed me through everything and then said that he thinks that I have a form of bi-polar. I dont't know if I agree with that, for one thing because I am nver moody or have mood swings, so I don't know how he could come to that conclusion. He put me on Seroquel. I srarted out last night at 50mg. tonight I take 100mg tomorrow night 200mg and the fourth night I am taking 300mg. Does anyone know anything about this drug? I have just been having a/p attacks off and on for the past year while going through a divorce, if theres something really stressful I have a panic attack. In my opinion ,and all of my friends who know me better than anyone I have never shown any signs of being bi-polar. What are the signs of bi-polar? maybe I just don't know the signs of the disease. I just don't want to be put on something that is going to make me worse. I took the 50mg last night and I had to call in sick to work today because I fell so dizzy and tired. I need to know something about thisdrug if anyone could help...thanks
 
      Rhonda

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/15/2006 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
HI there I think your best bet would be to check out the Bi Polar forum
I know there are some on here I believe on this med and will answer your post
I looked in my book and could not find it
I called my pharmacist and was told this is mostly used for sleeping and
yes Bi polar
So again I would check out and ask on Bi Polar forum ......
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rdmoklahoma
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   Posted 12/15/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Lyn, I just found that site and was checking it out. By reading about it, I don't think I fit any of the criteria of that disease. Maybe I am trying to self- diagnosis myself. I just don't want to be put on a psychotic drug that is wrong for me. This is all pretty scary. I know that there are so so many people that are alot worse off than me, and my heart goes out to all of them.


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   Posted 12/15/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya I really do
Hoping you get the dx straightened out and you are feeling better soon
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Green Lantern
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   Posted 12/15/2006 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Theoretically, there is a diagnosis called bipolar mixed, which I may have.  I was originally diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder.  The reason my pdoc thinks I may actually be bp mixed is that I have no reaction, or the opposite reaction to, antidepressants that are supposed to help with depression and anxiety.  Bp mixed doesn't involve mood swings, but rather, you experience your depression and mania at the same time, which can cause your mania to manifest itself in anxiety, irritability, aggression, etc.  After I did the research on my own, and after trying multiple antidepressants, lithium and Xanax, I thought I may have this condition.  The research I did led me to believe that a combination of Seroquel and Depakote would help with the anxiety and depression (I, unlike you, am extremely anxious, irritable, and can blow up at the drop of a hat).  I discussed this with my pdoc and he agreed that I may be correct.  So far so good.

As far as Seroquel goes, it is an antipsychotic and the therapeutic ranges I found on the internet were 400mg - 800mg daily in divided doses.  I currently take 100mg only at night and it knocks me on my ass.  I also have difficulty waking up in the morning.  I took it once during the day and had to close the door to my office to take a nap.  That said, with the 100mg of Seroquel, I also take 1500mg of Depakote (an anticonvulsant) at night, which is also sedating, and 4 mg/day of Xanax (more sedation), which I am tapering off of.  I have found Seroquel (or the combination of medications) very helpful in both the depression and anxiety I was experiencing prior to the medication, and boy has it helped with the insomnia.  Both Seroquel and Depakote are used to treat acute mania, among other uses.  It doesn't sound like we have the same symptoms, but just thought I would share my experience with it.  Good luck.

 


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GFK
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   Posted 12/15/2006 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you should seek a second opinion? Seems like he made a pretty quick diagnosis (the first session?!). If it were me I'd seek another opinion.

Karen

rdmoklahoma
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   Posted 12/15/2006 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the info. and for caring. I think I am going to seek a second opinion.

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 12/15/2006 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Do a google search and some site have a quiz whereby you rate yourself on a series of questions. Of course, phychiatrists are finding out that their are more types of bi-polar than what is common now. I sometimes wonder if I have it b/c I go really down and then up to a normal level. I don't have "mania" as described most often. Mine is like a straight line that dips down and then comes to the baseline and then dips down again. I would seek a 2nd opinion. 1 session is not enough.

My pdoc refuses to prescribe benzos so she had me take Seroquel for my crying spells and bouts with anxiety. I was a ZOMBIE on this drug. I never thought of using it for sleep. Darn, I s/h tried that.

Here is some info I found about bipolar:

Where Unipolar Depression and Bipolar Depression Converge
With these difficult to treat depressions the circle closes, as we begin to see traits that have something in common with bipolar disorder, not enough to suggest a bipolar diagnosis, perhaps, at least not right now. Should a future DSM, however, adopt softer criteria, we may well see bipolar disorder broken down not only into I and II - as it has been since the 1980s - but also bipolar III, IV, and maybe even V. Here, truly we are talking about a multipolar phenomenon.
Dr Akiskal has been the main proponent of an expanded definition of bipolar disorder, one that would incorporate a good deal of the current unipolar population. Dr Akiskal has pointed out that many patients with so-called unipolar depression exhibit certain hypomanic (mild mania) symptoms. Though these symptoms may not add up to an actual hypomanic episode, Dr Akiskal maintains they constitute sufficient evidence of bipolarity, and thus has urged that this population be diagnosed accordingly.
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AngMichelle
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   Posted 12/16/2006 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I hated it. It made my muscles cramp and made me so doped up. I was so sleepy but couldn't sleep because of leg cramps. It cause me to gain weight, and made me feel more "crazy". I couldn't stand it. I was also wrongly and quickly dx's with BP but I have NO form of mania what so ever. Every doc i've seen since says NO WAY.

Just be carefull, your upping the dose really fast, to somewhat high levels. Be prepared to sleep and have dreams.

I hope it works for you.

Twiggy2
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   Posted 12/16/2006 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I too was just recently put on serequol 25mgs. So far it does help me to sleep at night it is the day time that i sometimes have trouble with i see a new pysch doc on the 23rd and maybe i can explain things to him better and he can put me on the right meds anyway good luck. Twiggy2. Also take 0,5 of klonopin during the day if needed or valium if i really need it but i pratice breathing excersises which do help to a certain degree hope this helps u feel a little better i too never thought i had a BP problem either but i have been having trouble with the left side of my brain wanting to race almost to the point of being very edgy if u catch my drift but it seems to be getting a bit better so there is hope just hang in there i tell my self that every day.

panicy one
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   Posted 12/16/2006 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on seroquel for atleast 3 years at first I was on the 200 mg but since then I have managed to get down to 50 mg I have panic disorder and gad and this is the only thing that has worked for me but I also take zoloft. My doctor told me they work together. This drug has worked nicely for some people who have panic and gad I take it before bed and I am fine the next day because I have to be to work by 5:00am at first you will have the tired yuck feeling but that does go away after time.
150mg zoloft,50mg seroquel,1mg ativan and 25mgtoprol(beta blocker)
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athmlldy411
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   Posted 12/16/2006 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
i was put on seroquel about a month ago 25mg and worked my way up to 100mg. i could not function. all i done was sleep night and the majority of the day. i cut myself back to 50mg. all i have been diagnosed with is : p/a disorder , agoraphobia and ocd.

of course my therapist thinks that i just need to jump in head first and get over and take control. well if it was that easy i wouldn't be seeing him.

i have gained weight and just feel like crud.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/17/2006 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the input
I am glad you are getting a second opinion
Please keep us posted
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