Mood swings are becoming unbearable. Questions about Seroquel.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All.  Due to all the ongoing stress that I have been under, my major depression, anxiety and mood swings
have been making life much more difficult.  As some of you know I get really scared about adding/changing
medications.  For the past 9 months or so my therapist (who is a prescribing APRN) has been trying to get
me to take this -and I have been dead set against it as I can't stand the thought of gaining anymore weight
and more importantly the once or twice that I have tried it for a day -- it makes me feel so foggy and sleepy. 
But today she brought it up again, even after I said that I'm sick of taking medicine and don't want to do this
For those of you who have tried this and/or are on it, what were the side effects that you experienced and did these
side effects eventually go away?
Thanks ahead of time.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I am not familiar with APRN. Is there another name for it? Let me know. I will look it up for you and get the scoop on it.

Take care my friend. You are a wonderful person and need not suffer any longer.

Hugs, Karen
I just read your title, duh, seroquel.  My sister took that for a long time and it worked well for her, but I see a side effect is weight gain.  So I see why you don't want to take it.  I take abilify, I wonder if that would work for you too.  It is a mood stabilizer, but doesn't help with anxiety or anything like seroquel does.  But it is also for bipolar and an antipsychotic.  But it is a fantastic mood stabilizer. 
I hope that you can find what works for you.  and I hope that somebody who knows more about it with some information for you.
Hugs again, Karen

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Post Edited (getting by) : 10/21/2009 10:06:24 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/22/2009 1:28 AM (GMT -6)   
hi cass, it is a high level-(here in australia) anti-psychotic. my dr. is able to get for me as i am registered as having a personality disorder. here for the concession rate you are required to have a dx of schizophrenia. let me say this about seroquel. been on it nearly ten years, not one side effect. many people are using seroquel as mood stabilisers for affective disorders, for me it is only used at night for sleep. so you unserstamd i take a really high dose, otherwise i will not sleep. 900-1500mg. please remember that iam a severe insomniac as well, i also have somnambulism as well, this is where i go sleep walking and talking at the same time, people actually think i am awake!! seroquel has put the brakes on the walking, but not the talking as i talk and laugh, a lot in my dreams!! feel better soon. jamie.

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   Posted 10/22/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your input for Cass. As I am not that familiar with this medication. You are so wise.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 10/22/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Cass i've taken serequel before i didn't have any bad side effects but wieght gain not alot but some. It does have a calming effect though. It made me feel alot better for the time i was on it but the problem was i think it was causing my blood pressure to spike. It probably wont do that to you though. I think my blood pressure was already boderline. Good luck i hope it works well for you.

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   Posted 10/23/2009 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Cass I have been on seroquel for 1 yrs and she just changed my dose and made it higher. It's used for me for mood swings. Side effects the only side effects I have is weight gain when she first put me on it, and I couldn't figure out why I started gaining weight, so I found out that seroquel was doing it. Excersice while your taking it, that's helps alittle when U can climb out of bed to do it.


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   Posted 10/25/2009 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  hi cass i was on seroquel for about 6mths. I was put on this for bi-polar and ocd!! My side effects were to the extreme of the scale ok. I had massive weight gain,literally would fall asleep in my food. Never ever saw the television when it was on as i nodded off the whole time. I had dry mouth syndrome?? And the list goes on for "ME", as i said this was for me and most other people that have taken seroquel just had a small amount of weight gain. Hope your feeling better soon. Please give it a try as it wont hurt ok. take care of you!!!! beverley.... turn
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