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Low Dose Seroquel With An Antidepressant?


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#1 Brokenme

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 03:58 AM

I'd been trialed on seroquel when I was inpatient in hospital, 12.5 at night and 25 prn (as needed) during the day
12.5 did nothing but 25 knocked me out cold -- it was prescribed to me for anxiety
I stopped taking it on discharge (doctors agreed to it) but now it has been prescribed to me again (25mg, for anxiety)
I don't know if I should fill the script..?! it's a bit expensive and I'm not particularly keen on being sedated...
anyone have experience with it in combination with an AD?:)

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 02:59 PM

I'd been trialed on seroquel when I was inpatient in hospital, 12.5 at night and 25 prn (as needed) during the day
12.5 did nothing but 25 knocked me out cold -- it was prescribed to me for anxiety
I stopped taking it on discharge (doctors agreed to it) but now it has been prescribed to me again (25mg, for anxiety)
I don't know if I should fill the script..?! it's a bit expensive and I'm not particularly keen on being sedated...
anyone have experience with it in combination with an AD?:)



I was prescribed Seroquel 50mg when I was in hospital too, but for sleep, next day, was prescribed 200mg lol I really don't think I had a say in the matter, but yeah both doses knocked me out cold.

I stayed on Seroquel for two months after leaving the hospital, but then me and my pdoc decided it wasn't necessary.

I never took it during the day, not sure if I would be able to function with it during the day, makes me way too drowsy.

If you're having doubts about the med, reach out to your pdoc and discuss it with him/her.

good luck!



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Posted 17 September 2011 - 04:26 PM

Have you considered Seroquel XR (extended-release)? I take 300mg Seroquel XR every night for depression & anxiety. I take several other medications (including antidepressants) but have been very happy with Seroquel. It doesn't knock me out, sometimes makes me a little sleepy, but I think I sleep better with it.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:26 AM

Hi guys
No, I haven't considered a higher dose of seroquel, 25mg already knocks me out, I remember I was given one 25 in the middle of the day once (was very upset and anxious) I was out cold for ~3 hours just like that. But the 12.5 at night did nothing; psychiatrist wants me to take 25 at night to make me sleep and help with the thoughts.
My lexapro was increased to 20mg at the same time.
I did talk to him about it but basically he just wants me to try it.. but in the end its up to me whether I *do*..
PS I've never heard of just seroquel as an antidepressant?

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:47 AM

also what alternatives are there to antipsychotics for sleep?
not benzos (i don't want something addictive, and doctors agree with me plus im a student and can't withstand extra memory loss)
melatonin? first generation antihistamines?
anyone have experience and/or know anything about their efficacy, and pros and cons?
thanks :smile:

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 04:27 PM

also what alternatives are there to antipsychotics for sleep?
not benzos (i don't want something addictive, and doctors agree with me plus im a student and can't withstand extra memory loss)
melatonin? first generation antihistamines?
anyone have experience and/or know anything about their efficacy, and pros and cons?
thanks :smile:


The antidepressant Remeron is sometimes given for sleep. Also trazadone. Bewarned that both of these AD's can cause serious sedation. I'm not sure why you don't want Seroquel because it is a good sleep aid, and at higher doses (~200 mg) it is useful for depression. There were even some commercials about how Seroquel is useful for depression. If I recall correctly, the sedation improves as your body adjusts to the Seroquel.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. The information provided by me is intended purely for entertainment purposes.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 04:47 PM

Remeron had been offered to me several times before and i'd rejected that because I don't want an antidepressant that also acts as a sedative because as an antidepressant I'd have to take it every day but I want something to help me sleep when I can't ie as needed.
I dont want seroquel at high dose for the same reason, im not sure about filling the script for seroquel because i cant afford it as its prescribed off label (only available on PBS in australia if you're schizophrenic)
sorry if im sounding muddled im a mess this morning

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 05:21 PM

also what alternatives are there to antipsychotics for sleep?
not benzos (i don't want something addictive, and doctors agree with me plus im a student and can't withstand extra memory loss)
melatonin? first generation antihistamines?
anyone have experience and/or know anything about their efficacy, and pros and cons?
thanks


Its best to ask your doctor for a recommendation for a med you can take on an as needed basis that's not an AD, benzo, or antipsychotic med. As far as efficacy is concern meds effect us differently and what works for one may not another. You will good and bad experiences about any particular med but you won't know it efficacy with until you give it a try.

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Edited by lindahurt, 18 September 2011 - 05:22 PM.

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