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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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Is Silenor a new sleep medication and is it similar to ambien (zolpidem)?

Is Silenor a new sleep medication and is it similar to ambien (zolpidem)?

For sleep, but....: Silenor is a sleep medication but it works very differently from ambien. Silenor's chemical name is doxepin, this has been used as an antidepressant for many years (at much higher doses 100-300mg/day vs 3-6mg for silenor). It works similar to OTC sleep aids like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doxylamine by blocking histamine. Zolpidem works in a more complex way on hormones that regulate sleep. ...Read more

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Which medicine is better for insomnia trazadone or zoplicone?

Which medicine is better for insomnia trazadone or zoplicone?

Insomnia: Zopiclone is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and trazodone is an antidepressant. Both can be used for insomnia. I find with these medications - that determining what will work best for a person - requires a medication trial to find out. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a sleeping medicine stronger than restoril (temazepam) (30mg) that is not an antipsychotic?

Simpler meds: First of all do all the things that are recommended for good sleep. The list is long and many help a lot. Have you tried melatonin-a natural substance that the brain produces to promote sleep. What about trazadone? It used to be used an an antidepressant until it was discovered not to be especially effective but most people who used it found it to be very effective for sleep. ...Read more

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Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Is the sleep provided by mirtazapine remeron considered restful sleep or is it restless sleep? considered real sleep or is it a drug induced coma?fake

Remeron (mirtazapine) is used: to treat depression, so it depends on why you’re taking it. Without knowing more about the underlying reasons for your sleep problems, if they’re related to depression for example, it’s hard to say whether or not this will give you restful sleep. Remeron is not a sleep med but is sedating; it treats depression, which can treat insomnia that is related to depression. ...Read more

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What is a better sleep aid lorazapan or ambian?

What is a better sleep aid lorazapan or ambian?

Depends on problem: It depends on the exact problem for which the patient is unable to sleep. Lorazepam is indicated to treat anxiety symptoms. Ambien (zolpidem) is indicated for insomnia of the type where sleep initiation isThe problem.if it is anxiety that prevents you from falling or staying asleep then, perhaps lorazepam is better.if one does not suffer from anxiety symptoms but cannot sleep then, perhaps Ambien (zolpidem) is better. ...Read more

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Which is best for anxiety: seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal?

Which is best for anxiety: seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal?

Neither: Although Seroquel (quetiapine) and Risperdal (risperidone) both strongly reduce anxiety, neither are first-line treatments, as their side-effect risks are too great. For most people, better treatments for anxiety include non-drugs like psychotherapy, relaxation training, mindfulness mediation, etc, or SSRI antidepressants (which also treat anxiety), Buspar, (buspirone) or "benzo" tranquilizers. ...Read more

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What puts you to sleep faster? 150 mg Trazodone or lunesta (eszopiclone) 3 mg? Which med is a stronger sleep aid?

What puts you to sleep faster? 150 mg Trazodone or lunesta (eszopiclone) 3 mg? Which med is a stronger sleep aid?

Lunesta (eszopiclone): Trazodone was originally introduced as an antidepressant, but was found to help induce normal sleep. Lunesta (eszopiclone) was developed for use in chronic primary insomnia, and has demonstrated rapid onset, adequate duration, and no significant tolerance or side effects over time. ...Read more

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Which medicine is better for panic attacks clonazepam or seroquel (quetiapine)?

Which medicine is better for panic attacks  clonazepam or seroquel (quetiapine)?

Different meds: Seroquel (quetiapine) is an antipsychotic med used for severe psychiatric disorders. It is not indicated for panic attacks in otherwise well-functioning people. Clonazepam has several uses including treating panic disorder. Be sure you discuss with prescribing doctor. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can a bad combination of psychiatric medications cause a bipolar patient to become manic? The meds are an anti-psychotic, an antidepressant, & a mood stablilizer.

Can a bad combination of psychiatric medications cause a bipolar patient to become manic? The meds are an anti-psychotic, an antidepressant, & a mood stablilizer.

Meds & mania: While antidepressants alone can trigger mania, usually antipsychotic medications and mood stabilizers are not only protective, but are the treatments for mania. Of course, i don't have the doses prescribed. Sometimes a person has a particularly severe natural mood swing and baseline meds need to be adjusted. The faster your psychiatrist knows about this, the faster she can act. Communicate asap. ...Read more

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Which is better for sleep onset problems? Xyprexa or Saphris (asenapine)?

Which is better for sleep onset problems? Xyprexa or Saphris (asenapine)?

Neither one: Both medications are antipsychotics prescribed for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. They can have a role in very severe depression that doesn't respond to other therapy, but neither is prescribed for insomnia. That being said, either medication can make you drowsy, but perhaps counterintuitively they both also commonly cause insomnia. I would not recommend either of these for sleep. ...Read more

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Which would you rather have a patient take for insomnia, rozerem (ramelteon) or an OTC melatonin supplement?

Which would you rather have a patient take for insomnia, rozerem (ramelteon) or an OTC melatonin supplement?

Evaluate first: Before medicating at all, i would rather the patient have a thorough evaluation of the insomnia. It has many possible causes, many of which can be eliminated with healthy sleep hygiene alone. In the right situations, melatonin can be very helpful (like disrupted sleep cycle due to traveling through time zones, etc. Rozerem (ramelteon) is a melotonin receptor agonist, not melatonin itself. ...Read more

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Is seroquel (quetiapine) an appropriate drug for schizophrenia?

Is seroquel (quetiapine) an appropriate drug for schizophrenia?

Usually: Seroquel (quetiapine) is one of many medications that are appropriate do treating schizophrenia. Which one should be picked is best decided on the basis of your unique risk of one vs another kind of side effect. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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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