Seroquel as lone mood stabilizer

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   Posted 9/11/2005 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
  After being dx w being BP-2 (mixed)----my pdoc prescribed 100mg of Seroquel at bedtime---& a very low dose (of course BP must be careful with anti-depressants)---of Effexor 37.5 mg once/day.        Lately been doing lots of reading on Seoquel---& it is now being used for acute mania in BP 1 as well.    
  So, my question.   Is there anyone else who is BP----who is taking Seroquel as their lone mood stabilizer?    It does help me sleep well--& good sleep is so important.       Thanks---Robert

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   Posted 9/11/2005 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Robert,

I am not on Seroquel, but here is some good information.

I hope this helps a little.


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   Posted 9/11/2005 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Robert I do not take Seroquel, however I know alone it usually doesn't work . It is important to be on a few meds at the same time to work accurately. Best wishes, nickie

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   Posted 9/12/2005 5:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Seroquel is not usually used for monotherapy in more severe BP.  It is used in combination with a mood stabilizer to control mania. 

However, since you have soft BP spectrum, both would be too heavy for you, so the seroquel alone will probably get it. 

Variety is the spice of life, BP is the key

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   Posted 9/18/2005 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   

  Hi Jennifer & all who responded,

   I've often heard that Seroquel is usually not enough alone as a mood stabilizer.   However, i did a search on this.   On the Seroquel site     There it is stated that Seroquel can be used as a "mood stabilzer" for acute mania in BP 1.      I found this surprising , since i know it's a atypical anti-psychotic.     I thought it was usually used in conjunction with another mood stabilizer.  I was surprised to read this.   I guess this is a fairly recent development.   I'm still waiting to hear from others who are taking Seroquel as monotherapy for BP mania...either BP 1 or the hypomania of BP 2.   Thanks---Robert 


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