Blood work, but Im not sure why?
- 26 Jul 2010 by grey_cypress
- seroquel, xanax, depression, anxiety, insomnia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, blood disorders
Hi. I just recently went to my psychiatrist and hes starting me on seroquel 150XR (for insomnia) at night. Hes also trying to ween me off xanax (which is going to be a whole different monster on its own) but my question pertains to the seroquel.
He wants me to go get blood work done, the paperwork said something about fasting (not that i had to fast before the test, like it was testing me to see IF i was fasting). I have some trouble eating/ keeping food down sometimes and i have told him this before, but he never seemed too interested in it until he wanted to start seroquel.
So my question i guess is; is there a connection between some type of blood work (like low iron or something like that, not something like sickle-cell or a genetic thing) that would make me unable to safely take seroquel? Cause i found this a really weird thing as a prerequisite for seroquel
26 Jul 2010
I found this information I thought might be helpful. Bloodwork may show a lot of things, including liver function, heart problems, etc. I wouldn't worry too much about it. He's probably just being cautious as it can be fatal in older people with certain conditions.
" If you have any of these other conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take Seroquel:"
* liver or kidney disease;
heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems;
a history of heart attack or stroke;
a history of low white blood cell (WBC) counts;
a thyroid disorder;
seizures or epilepsy;
high cholesterol or triglycerides;
a personal or family history of diabetes; or
26 Jul 2010
Hi, no there is no connection with low iron or anything else you mentioned. When "your" in the hospital they take numerous of blood tests, I don't know why myself. There just looking to make sure your ok. Your doctor might be just causious. Why you have to fast, you got me?? You shouldn't have to fast. Well call him up today and ask him what hes checking, I'd like to know too. He might just be checking everything. Is there a CBC panel on there, TSH and cholestoral.
Ah AH AH it says they may be special tests done if you have trouble swallowing... that it what hes checking, bingo.Do you have high cholestoral? You have to fast for that and might be checkng that as well and your thyroid.
26 Jul 2010
Hi grey, I'm sure 'tis just a precautionary measure, worry not.
26 Jul 2010
Working at a psych hospital, I can tell you that your doctor is asking you to have the blood work before prescribing the seroquel because it can cause some people to contract cardiovascular disease and it can cause you to experience orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure when standing). He wants to determine your normal baseline before starting the medication because if your blood sugars and blood pressure starts getting too low, you may have to come off of the medication or you may have to get the dose adjusted. The blood test will determine your baseline blood glucose, your cholestorol profile, and your LFTs (which is a measure of gases in the blood and the pressure they exert on artery walls). I assure it is a routine procedure with seroquel. Hope this helps.
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