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Is seroquel (quetiapine) an antipsychotic medication or a sleep aid?

Is seroquel (quetiapine) an antipsychotic medication or a sleep aid?

Antipsychotic: Useful for bipolar disorder and squizophrenia, seroquel (quetiapine) antagonizes serotonon and Dopamine receptores. Somnolence is a side efect useful for pts with insomnia. ...Read more

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Quetiapine (Definition)

Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of ...Read more


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What happens if you mix seroquel- a sleeping aid, with allergy medication?

What happens if you mix seroquel- a sleeping aid, with allergy medication?

Depends: On what allergy med ur taking: traditional antihistamines like benadryl/tavist will add drowsiness; newer "non-sedating" ones like Allegra (fexofenadine) should be ok; zyrtec may add drowsiness in some people. Ask ur doc or pharmacist. ...Read more

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I was consid. Sub. Melatonin for seroquel (quetiapine) as I have iss. W/ the side effects. Weigh about 90 lbs what dose of melat. Wld be advisable? For Sleep aid?

I was consid. Sub. Melatonin for seroquel (quetiapine) as I have iss. W/ the side effects. Weigh about 90 lbs what dose of melat. Wld be advisable? For Sleep aid?

First and foremost: Do not discontinue Seroquel (quetiapine) without discussing this with your prescribing physician, That said, 3 mg of Melatonin is a reasonable starting dose if you weight 90 lbs. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for a sleep aid but after researching it im scared to take it. What should I do?

My dr prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for a sleep aid but after researching it im scared to take it. What should I do?

See your doctor: Seroquel (quetiapine) has many possible uses. Not knowing the details of your specific clinical situation makes it difficult to give you a specific answer. Best to go back to your doctor and discuss your concerns. ...Read more

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I've tried many sleep aid remeron trazadone Ambien (zolpidem) some depressant none workd doc keeps mentioning seroquel is it the last thing they want 2 prescribe?

I've tried many sleep aid remeron trazadone Ambien (zolpidem) some depressant none workd doc keeps mentioning seroquel is it the last thing they want 2 prescribe?

Healthier Suggestion: How about we figure out why a 23-year-old woman has insomnia that is so pervasive she needs to be tried on so many different sleeping medications that don't seem to work? Don't you agree that finding the root cause would be the better solution? Be happy to guide you as a neurologist. Write to me @ www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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After being on many antipsychotics and switching to seroquel (quetiapine) I find it is not sedating enough? Will I need to switch to something that puts me 2 sleep

After being on many antipsychotics and switching to seroquel (quetiapine) I find it is not sedating enough? Will I need to switch to something that puts me 2 sleep

Talk w/psychiatrist: I'm sorry, but without knowing you it's impossible for any of us here to say what you'll need to do. We don't even know the diagnosis or why antipsychotics have been prescribed. I suggest discussing your concerns with your own psychiatrist who does know you and how various medications have affected you. Dose adjustments may be possible. ...Read more

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Is it true that atypical anti psychotics mess up sleep patterns that one cannot sleep without it or a sleeping aid. Cause more mental illness than b4?

Meds: No its not true, while they can have various side effects, they generally help in those whom it works, hope you are not trying to rationalize, talk to your md. ...Read more

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I am on 25mg quetiapine at night to aid insomnia and anxiety. Is it safe to take an antipsychotic for this complaint? I would rather not take it.

I am on 25mg quetiapine at night to aid insomnia and anxiety. Is it safe to take an antipsychotic for this complaint? I would rather not take it.

Yes and No: It is not the safest med for this although it is frequently used for this purpose. Low grade risks are tardive dyskinesia, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and elevated triglycerides. Other options include trazodone, which in the long run may be safer. Cbti therapy for insomnia is another option. ...Read more

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Can antipsychotic meds cause diastolic heart dysfunction/failure? I am currently on 15mg saphris (asenapine) and 150mg seroquel XR plus various other drugs

Not likely: Antipsychotics should be used w/ caution in people w/ heart disease as they may exacerbate preexisting conditions. However, I haven't heard of saphris (asenapine) ; seroquel directly causing diastolic heart failure. If you suffer from other medical illnesses such as sleep apnea, diabetes, ; high blood pressure, then they are the more likely causes. ...Read more

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Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids I can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?

Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids I can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?

Melatonin: Melatonin is the hormone that turns on the sleep cycle in our brain. Versions sold otc are very safe and fairly inexpensive and do not interact with other medications. You can also try Diphenhydramine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but it may make you more sleepy the next morning. ...Read more

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Can there be any other "atypical antipsychotics" superior to seroquel (quetiapine)?

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Antipsychotic: There are several options. Individuals vary as to their susceptibility & tolerance to different medications. Review with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I am having constipation and not pooping enough with 400mg seroquel (quetiapine) does it mean I need to change antipsychotics?

If I am having constipation and not pooping enough with 400mg seroquel (quetiapine) does it mean I need to change antipsychotics?

May mean U need to: exercise more. If you move and walk more, it stmulates your bowels to poop more regularly. Hydrate so you aren't constipated from your meds, and hydrate even more if you exercise, so you don't get dehydrated. You want to poop minimally twice a day. Norma is 3 (each time after meals). If not, you can use bulk laxatives, or just eat more greens and roughage in your diet. ...Read more

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Say I have the equivalent dosage of seroquel & zyprexa. Would seroquel be a weaker antipsychotic compared to zyprexa if they are around the same dose?

Say I have the equivalent dosage of seroquel & zyprexa. Would seroquel be a weaker antipsychotic compared to zyprexa if they are around the same dose?

Depends: Great question, tough to say definitively because there's a few things to consider. Clinical efficacy depends more on the individual. Some people respond better to some drugs than others, despite them being in the same sub-class. Likewise, some people have a greater risk for side effects from one med compared to another. Both aspects are usually dose related. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Bad hallucinations had them for 20 yrs or more on no antipsychotic med what is the best one to get on. Tried risperdole seroquel (quetiapine) thorazine etc help?

Bad hallucinations had them for 20 yrs or more on no antipsychotic med what is the best one to get on. Tried risperdole seroquel (quetiapine) thorazine etc help?

Options: If hallucinations are auditory or visual and thought to be associated with a mood or thought disorder then most efficacious (reducing severity of symptoms) are Olanzapine and clozapine. These two unfortunately have a high side effect burden. ...Read more

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I read seroquel (quetiapine) can cause hypothyroidism as a rare side effect. Is this true with other antipsychotics too? I got the hypothyroidism but don't know

I read seroquel (quetiapine) can cause hypothyroidism as a rare side effect. Is this true with other antipsychotics too? I got the hypothyroidism but don't know

Medical evaluation: You should see a doctor for a medical evaluation. They will review all of your medical problems and medications to determine what might be causing your hypothyroidism, and then decide how to treat it. ...Read more

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How do I know If I have hyperprolactinemia from seroquel (quetiapine). Currently experiencing symptoms of sexual dysfunction from antipsychotics. Is there solution?

Blood prolactin leve: A blood prolactin level will tell you if you have hyperprolactinemia from any cause. Generally it should be drawn fasting and early in the morning (8 a.m. is pretty standard.) ...Read more

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When I take Seroquel and other antipsychotics it shrinks my penis but taking geodon (ziprasidone) is fine. Is there some sort of medical reason?

Makes no sense: Although Seroquel, Geodon (ziprasidone) and other second generation antipsychotics can cause sexual side effects such as decreased libido or achieving orgasm, they do not affect the size of the penis. How has your sexual functioning been on such medications? You list anxiety as one of your conditions. If anxiety is severe enough, it can distort one's perception of body image. Hope this is helpful. Best. ...Read more

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Does seroquel (quetiapine) increase growth hormone? Do other antipsychotics decrease or increase it? How about zyprexa increasing growth hormone?

Growth hormone: Yes, seroquel (quetiapine) can increase growth hormone: http://tinyurl. Com/ldxorm9 the authors of this study opined that it might be related to antihistaminic activity. Zyprexa seems to decrease the natural growth hormone surge at sleep onset: http://tinyurl. Com/mdlx7d8. ...Read more

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Antipsychotics (Definition)

These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more