I use Seroquel, have for about two years. It helps me sleep but I was in a pain management class and the doctor told me that the real problem with it is that it doesn't let you get deep, restorative sleep. I wonder how this is affecting my weight loss as well as the rest of my life. I have dry eyes and it seems to make these worse.
Fitness Minutes: (275) Posts: 64 12/22/13 11:28 P
have you looked into medicare advantage plans? or into medigap plans? the purpose of them is to help reduce the donut-hole and the out of pocket expense related to premiums, deductibles and copays.
also, cymbalta is an antidepressant and also a nerve pain reducer. it is not a sleeper.
also, there are very few drugs that are addictive. controlled substances, like for ADD, or for pain, like Vicodin or Morphine or benzodiazapenes like Xanax or clonipin are at risk for addiction, especially if used consistently over time. but antidepressants, like zoloft, cymbalta, effexor, trazodone, remeron,etc are not addictive. neither are antipsychotics like seroquel or resperdal or geodon. it is ONLY controlled substances, stimulants, pain killers, anti anxiety meds. so you cant be addicted to cymbalta or seroquel. this does not mean you might not have to wean off it. it just means you are not going to be going crazy trying to get more of this drug if you don't have it.
Edited by: KATBEESTON at: 12/22/2013 (23:37)
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Fitness Minutes: (275) Posts: 64 12/22/13 11:24 P
why would you want to get off of seroquel, if you have insomnia? seroquel is a godsend, without it, i would never sleep more than 3 hours. this is regular seroquel, not seroquel xr. they do not work the same.
i used to take xanax---12 mg total per day. that is a huge amount, way over the normal limits. it did work to mellow me out, but instead of really sleeping, i ended up in a kind of permanent haze where i was not very present. it took a lot of effort on my part to really have my focus in the present moment. this also kind of was the case when sleeping, i wasnt exactly asleep, but i wasn't really awake either.
i have used trazodone and remeron too, but other than the initial drowsniness, they did not help.
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Fitness Minutes: (67,845) Posts: 3,928 4/4/11 9:34 P
I was on Efexor XR years ago for depression. Not sure you can find it but if there is a non XR of the Seroquel ask for it. I could not get off the Efexor either. Every time I tried I could not stop crying. It was the XR part that made it hard, Sustained Release and a capsule. So She gave me the tablets that were not sustained release and I gradually cut back. She gave me the smallest dose pills possible. So took the equivilant in the beginning and very slowly decreased it.
I hope you can get off of it, or maybe the Dr. could put you on something different that will help you get off of it. HUGS!
Fitness Minutes: (67,845) Posts: 3,928 4/3/11 1:38 P
I'm on Seroquel - it's an atypical antipsychotic and I use it, in conjunction with SSRIs, to help control bipolar disorder. I've not tried to go off it - it works too well (for the mental illness - it makes me so hungry, though!), but I've stopped taking Zyprexa before, a quite similar drug, and found it was no problem. I would think that, as has been said, weaning would be the way to come off it and that your doctor is either being untruthful about why s/he wants you to stay on it, or incompetent if s/he really can't find a way to get you off it. What were your withdrawal symptoms? I'd like to stop taking it some day to help with the weight loss. Cheers Kristen
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Fitness Minutes: (35,479) Posts: 12 4/3/11 12:26 A
I haven't taken seroquel specifically, but I have taken medicines that can be hard to stop. The key is to wean off them by slowly reducing the dosage. Your doctor should be able to help you do this when the two of you decide its time....and honestly if he/she says he "can't" help you, I would consider finding a different doctor. Good luck!
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I don't know anything about the medicine you are taking. I know I am on cymbalta. This is so exspensive too. Because I don't always have the money for it , I have try to less on my own. Then I become very emotional and cry over everything. I don't want to be hooked on a drug either.
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Fitness Minutes: (91,152) Posts: 10,976 4/2/11 8:06 P
Thanks for the input, John. That's what SP is all about.
I know some docs only prescribe meds to help you get used to sleeping and changing your cycle. HOWEVER, most don't want you to stay on them because it trains the mind to expect a medication and can't continue allowing you to sleep without it.
Hello and to the SP I Need Sleep Team. I'm not familiar with Seroquel but it has only been out since 2008. Did you use it for depression?
However, here are some suggestions for insomnia 1. Get a notebook and keep it by your bed so you can 'program' your mind to recognize the signals that it is time for bed and sleep. 2. Turn out the lights, turn off the computer and TV about an hour before bed. 3. Brush your teeth and get in your jammies, along with the rest of your signals. 4. Get a fan or white noise machine to block out any unwanted noises 5. Make sure your bedroom is dark, even turn the face of your alarm clock away from you.
Has anybody ever successfully gotten off of seroquel? I tried once and ended up in the hospital with withdrawals. I really hate being addicted to it especially since it is so expensive (I don't have health insurance) When I went on it I was in a really dark and scary place in life. But now life is better for me. I won my custody battle, got a new apartment, got a job I love and I am involved in many rewarding activities. I don't want to have to take any unnecessary meds. Because of my withdrawal episode my doctor won't even consider me going off of it.
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