*Very* helpful -- thanks Judy!! I think if people investigate this and read your post in Wotan's "Weaning off Seroquel" thread (which I'm quoting below because I like it so much) they will be helped hugely.
I don't want to endorse a site and don't know if I can even post this. A moderator will have to tell me. But there is a site that I visit a lot that has to do with medications of all kinds. IT's called remedyfind.com. On this site consumers like us rate medicatons for different illnesses, on their effectiveness, side effects, ect. I find it very helpful. Professional information is given on all the illnesses and medication. Then you can go to an area where the patients discuss and rate the medications according to its unefulness in for them. Medications work differenty for all of us, and we take differerent combinations of medicaton. I believe we should be very aware of any and all side effects and interactions with other meds we are taking.
As far as seroquel, I have not taken it. I take lamictal and lithum for bipolar 2, as well as an antidepressant. I do know people who have taken it and have had success and some who have had problems. I would not indorse it or tell someone not to take it. Information and knowledge and powerful tools that we can use to help us better manage our illnesses. I have had mental/emotional problems for years so I know more about them than the physical problems I am facing now.
But I am trying my best to learn as much as I can about the new health issues I have.
The long term effects of seroquel should be looked at, and the short tem too. It is widely prescribed, but few doctors discuss the long term side effects with their patients.
I am just a big advocate for learning all you an about all the medicatons you take. Also, we cannot depend on the medicaton to solve everthing. It takes work on our part too. Changes in our lives, working through issues with a therapist, whatever it takes to acomplish good mental & physical health. I used to think that if I took medicine that it would make everything ok. I now believe the medicaton helps us to get to a place mentally and emotionally where we can deal with things and work through issues in our lives that cause us stress that can bring on these symptoms. I might be healthier physically now if I had eaten better, gotten more exercise, checked out the psych. drugs I took for long term side effects, and in general known more about my body and mind. But, it's never too late.
That's the good news.
I wish I had done more of this with my physical health. But, better late than never!
People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.
When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...
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