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Taken seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep for yrs. Can it eventually quit helping you sleep? I wake up after 3 hrs each night.

Taken seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep for yrs. Can it eventually quit helping you sleep? I wake up after 3 hrs each night.

Dosage increase: The brain does become accustomed to constant histamine-stimulation from Seroquel (quetiapine) and the dosage might need to be increased to give the same effect. Hope that helps Linda! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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I have been prescribed seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, it seems to work like a charm, but the cost is during the day I my personality seems blunted, what now?

I have been prescribed seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, it seems to work like a charm, but the cost is during the day I my personality seems blunted, what now?

Ask your doc: Ask your doc about lowering the dose or trying a different med. Or ideally getting off sleeping pills all together (there's ways). ...Read more

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Lost insurance so coming off seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, how's Doxipin for sleep?

Lost insurance so coming off seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, how's Doxipin for sleep?

Yes: Both these medications can help someone fall sleep. Check with your psychiatrist Or your family doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I take seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep it always gives me nightmares is there anything I can do to prevent the nightmares?

I take seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep it always gives me nightmares is there anything I can do to prevent the nightmares?

See your Doctor: Nightmares and more commonly excessive vivid dream activity can be a side effect to medications acting on serotonin. If the medication can't be changed and something else tried, then prazocin (which is an old blood pressure medication) has been found helpful in these cases. Please see your doctor and discuss with him what is best for your particular situation. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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What are other strong medicine besides seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep? I take 200mg of seroquel (quetiapine) gained weight I had a sleep study as a child I tried trazadone

Need antipsychotic: For your sleep it would be nice to use an antipsychotic other than seroquel, however, if the seroquel is working, you have to weigh the risk/ benefit ratio of possible relapse. It is hard to recommend something without knowing your formal diagnosis. In general, the more sedating an antipsychotic is, the more prone to weight gain it can be. Discuss saphris (asenapine) with your doc. It is sedating, but less wt. ...Read more

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I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?

I have epilepsy, but my doctor prescribed me seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Why would he if seroquel (quetiapine) causes seizures?

?: Only thing I can think of is that he feels lack of restorative sleep is a major risk factor triggering your seizures, so quieting down your frontal brain lobe and improving your sleep quality will decrease your seizure episodes and their severity. You need to have this conversation with your doctor and a neurologist. ...Read more

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What to do if I used concerta today, because it is a stimulant I need seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep. Can I use it?

What can I take?: Although in low doses seroquel (quetiapine) and Concerta are safely taken on the same day, recommendations for what you should take need to be made by your prescribing physician. Communicate with your doctor. You may call him/her or the covering clinician. ...Read more

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Do I need to take food with seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep? It doesn't work if I don't eat eggs or a specific microwave pasta dinner with it.

Do I need to take food with seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep? It doesn't work if I don't eat eggs or a specific microwave pasta dinner with it.

Read directions: Seroquel (quetiapine) should be taken without food or with a light meal approximately 300 calories. I would speak to your psychiatrist about how you are taking it and how you are feeling. ...Read more

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Was just given seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep (narcolepsy) and I'm miserable! Does it go away? 40mg add in am doesn't even phase me. Scared of "sleeping pills"

Insomnia: Try using the free anti anxiety app to learn from videos, exercises and articles to lessen your tension so you can relax in the evening. Don't drink caffeine after 3pm, no alcohol in the evening or other illicit drugs, spend the last half hour doing whatever relaxes you, no work. Best. ...Read more

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I have bad insomnia I've seen someone die and was tortured I'm on 200mg seroquel (quetiapine) makes me eat a lot is risperdal powerful like seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep?

I have bad insomnia I've seen someone die and was tortured I'm on 200mg seroquel (quetiapine) makes me eat a lot is risperdal powerful like seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep?

Risperdal: Is a powerful atypical antipsychotic. It is excellent for sleep. However, seroquel (quetiapine) tends to be more weight neutral than risperdal. There have been studies that show if a person eats healthfully and remains physically active that often they gain no weight on an atypical antipsychotic. Consider asking your doctor for a nutrition consult. Take care. ...Read more

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Take 25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, woke w/ heart racing, took a few minutes to get it slowed down. Is this qt prolongation?

Take 25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, woke w/ heart racing, took a few minutes to get it slowed down. Is this qt prolongation?

Medication effects: I understand your distress of heart racing.

Seroquel side effects can be- tachycardia, palpitations and other cardiovascular effects.

QT prolongation may happen in patients who overdosed on this drug, in patients with other illness, and in patients taking drugs causing electrolyte imbalance or QT interval prolongation.
Please go to ER for Diagnosis and Treatment. ...Read more

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Take 25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Had ekg few months ago, everything fine. Took seroquel (quetiapine) then ate food woke shortly after, heart racing. Possible qt prolong?

Take 25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Had ekg few months ago, everything fine. Took seroquel (quetiapine) then ate food woke shortly after, heart racing. Possible qt prolong?

Unlikely, but. ..: It would should up on an EKG. It usually presents in the teenage population. You should have another EKG. Who put that idea into your head anyhow? ...Read more

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25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Couple hours after I took it, I ate a snack and went to sleep. Later woke, heart racing, couldn't get slowed. Is it qt prolongation?

25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep. Couple hours after I took it, I ate a snack and went to sleep. Later woke, heart racing, couldn't get slowed. Is it qt prolongation?

Possible: That is a low dose of seroquel, (quetiapine) but if you have a congenital QT prolongation, or are on other medications that can do that, it is possible. Get an EKG and avoid potential QT prolonging medications (and there are many - your pharmacist can advise) until you get an answer. There are other reasons for unexplained tachycardia and a cardiologist or your PCP can evaluate you for them. ...Read more

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My insomnia is caused by mania at night, which started at age 3 wasn't treated till adult, trazadone, klonopin, seroquel (quetiapine) 4 sleep dreams vivid, safe?

My insomnia is caused by mania at night, which started at age 3 wasn't treated till adult, trazadone, klonopin, seroquel (quetiapine) 4 sleep dreams vivid, safe?

Maybe: If your insomnia is the product of a mania from bipolar disorder, then the medication combination you list is appropriate. However, if you are still having vivid dreams on that combination you need to talk to your doctor about tweaking it. In my experience, vivid dreams can be either a side effect of trazodone or from continued mood problem (i.e. Mania). ...Read more

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Take 25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, ate quite a bit of sugar before falling asleep, woke a few minutes later heart racing. Qt prolongation or cuz of sugar?

Take 25mg seroquel (quetiapine) for sleep, ate quite a bit of sugar before falling asleep, woke a few minutes later heart racing. Qt prolongation or cuz of sugar?

Below: Unable to answer this in this format.

QT prolongation can only be DXed with an EKG.

Suggest discussing your symptoms with the DR who gave you the Seroquel (quetiapine) before taking any more. ...Read more

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I have adhd, bipolar, schizophrenia and ptsd. I take 200mg of seroquel (quetiapine) to sleep but gained weight I used to weigh 164 now 230 are other meds to sleep?

Prazosin: You can add in prazosin for your ptsd. This will help with nightmares. Then you can pretty much select the antipsychotic medication of your choice and should be able to get a good nights sleep. Discuss this option with your psychiatrist and discuss with him or her what they think would be the best alternative antipsychotic for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I started taking seroquel (quetiapine) 50mg for sleep 11.14.14. It doesn't seem to be working. Does it take time to build up in my system before it works?

I started taking seroquel (quetiapine) 50mg for sleep 11.14.14. It doesn't seem to be working. Does it take time to build up in my system before it works?

Possibly: Sedation is a side effect of seroquel because it is a very powerful antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Though it is often used for anxiety and insomnia in doses up to 100 mg, there are many alternatives without risk of weight gain and other side effects. Above 100 mg it has more effect on serotonin and dopamine to help bipolar depression and schizophrenia ...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?

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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Help! I am forced to takes seroquel (quetiapine) at night for sleeping, anything that can block the sedative effect?

Help! I am forced to takes seroquel (quetiapine) at night for sleeping, anything that can block the sedative effect?

Are you asking how: To undo the sedative effect? I don't think your brain would like being treated like a ping pong ball. Taking one drug to fight the intended impact of another drug may not be in your best interest. ...Read more

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I have been taking seroquel (quetiapine) for depression and sleep issues, how much can I take before it becomes unhealthy?

I have been taking seroquel (quetiapine) for depression and sleep issues, how much can I take before it becomes unhealthy?

It depends.: Everyone responds differently to drugs based on body size, metabolism, and other factors, but the maximum recommended dose for most uses of seroquel (quetiapine) involving depression is around 300mg/day total at the high end. For insomnia, usually patients are started at a dose closer to 25-50mg/day. Seroquel (quetiapine) can have several side effects; see your doctor if you are experiencing something concerning. ...Read more

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My doctor has prescribed seroquel (quetiapine) at night for sleep, it works much better then any pill ever did. I can sleep but my personality changed, now what?

My doctor has prescribed seroquel (quetiapine) at night for sleep, it works much better then any pill ever did. I can sleep but my personality changed, now what?

Choose.: Seroquel (quetiapine) does not change personality per se, but may improve mood. May be that your personality is changing for other reasons including improved sleep. You may consider changing meds if your personality has changed for the worse and you don't like it. If you are fine onsider contiuing the med. ...Read more

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Is it possible to wean off seroquel (quetiapine) and get normal sleep patterns back? I heard there is long lasting insomnia and it never good back to normal.

Is it possible to wean off seroquel (quetiapine) and get normal sleep patterns back? I heard there is long lasting insomnia and it never good back to normal.

It depends: It depends on what the medicine is prescribed for, the insomnia is not inherent in the absence of sequel. An example is someone with Diabetes started on insulin, he may need it indefinitely not because he was started on it, rather because his body needs it. So discuss with your Doctor. Very often we wean Sequel off and the person sleep goes back to normal. Good luck and feel better ...Read more

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I have bad insomnia since stop taking Prozac and seroquel (quetiapine). I can only sleep now if I take seroquel (quetiapine). Is this because I stop taking Prozac 3 weeks ago. Will I be able to sleep w/o taking seroquel (quetiapine) ever?

I have bad insomnia since stop taking Prozac and seroquel (quetiapine). I can only sleep now if I take seroquel (quetiapine). Is this because I stop taking Prozac 3 weeks ago. Will I be able to sleep w/o taking seroquel (quetiapine) ever?

Consider Melatonin: With your doctor. Only means to getting regular sleep will be with a considered/ balanced approach with all of your medicines. Your doctor should help you choose what will work best. ...Read more

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Seroquel (quetiapine) 25 mg for problems with the onset of sleep?

Seroquel (quetiapine) 25 mg for problems with the onset of sleep?

Hi Tracy!: I think I answered this question a few minutes ago. I don't recommend Seroquel (quetiapine) for insomnia UNLESS it's caused by bipolar illness (manic-depressive illness). My other recommendations still apply! Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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What is the best dose of seroquel (quetiapine) if you are just using it for sleep?

What is the best dose of seroquel (quetiapine) if you are just using it for sleep?

Something else: I'm not wild about using it just for sleep, however, it is likely that your physician is using it to augment your antidepressant AND help you sleep. The effective dose range for augmentation can be fairly wide. There is no accepted number/dose for "sleep." ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

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Seroquel (Definition)

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