Hi yall, I'm currently taking 160 mg, of geodon. I will be coming off it soon because of feeling like a zombie. I want to try seroquel, I know it helps with sleep. By the way i suffer from chronic sleepeness, i'm talking about just 3 hours a sleep in the mornong. By that time pratically everone is waking up. I've tried ambien, doesn't work, trazodone, doesn't work. I heard that seroquel make some people gain weight. I can deal with that. I also have panic attacks, occasionally. I heard that the seroquel helps with anxiety, is this true, for anyone who have tried seroquel. looking for any advice I heard it cuts, or i you suffer from it aniety, in half, by the time you wake up in the morning.Also let me know has anyone experienced, acting like a zombie on seroquel..By the way i know it is a a-typical antipsychotic.
20 Aug 2012
Hi, personally i think Seroquel is a very effective medication. I take it for BPD, but it does also aid my sleep, which is usually very erratic. I have definitely experienced weight gain, but i weighed up the pro's and con's and decided to stick with it. I was quite like a 'zombie' for the first few months of taking it, but my doctor made a small adjustment and then it suited me fine. I would recommend giving it a go.
19 Aug 2012
With out meds I also have a very hard time sleeping at night. Usually, I can't fall asleep or stay asleep. But, I have been taking 200mgs of seroquel at bedtime for some time now. It works great for me. I usually get a full 8 hrs sleep with it and I dont wake up with a "hangover" or feel like a zombie. It does also help with my anxiety. Nothing that I've tried has helped me like seroquel. I hope this helps and good luck to you!
23 Oct 2012
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that I've tried Seroquel and many of the same meds you've mentioned, including Ambien for many years. I have finally settled on something called Restoril, which doesn't have the side effects of the others and still puts me to sleep without making me feel groggy the next day. For anxiety, I take 10 mg Valium with it at bedtime which gives it a boost. I have Lupus, Fibromyalgia, diabetes, and BPD with depression.
19 Aug 2012
Hello Morton, Everyone is different and reacts differently to medication. What helps for one person may not help the next. Like Key had stated that it works good for her sleep issues as well as her anxiety. For me when I took seroquel it made me very tired and zombie like for like half of the day. I do not know why I continued taking it for many yrs. However; one day I just said no more feeling this way. Seroquel also gave me vivid dreams, and when I would get up at night I would be all confused and some dreams were so real. My husband told me I was very active in my sleep eg: talking a lot, moving about and sleep walking etc..
Like I said though everyone is different and you may find you do good with it. Just give it a try and stay on it, or if it doesn't agree with you try to stop before too long or you will need to taper down. Best to you.. hope this has helped.
20 Aug 2012
Sorry I haven't tried Seroquel. I have gotten some help from Amitryptaline and from Klonopin. I have REM Behavior Disorder and do so much in my sleep - you would not believe! Much of the past two years I've spent only sleeping 3-4 hrs a night, so I know how you feel. I do get help with the daytime sleepiness by taking Nuvigil. It isn't a stimulant, but it does keep me awake some at night but at least I'm awake during the day. I did get a lot of help from Klonopin for a very long time, and still do. Before I went on that I had night terrors - waking up 5 and 6 times a night screaming my head off. Horrible! I have sleep apnea so it isn't a consideration for me but you might want to see a sleep neurologist about a trial of sodium oxybate - Xyrem. It's rufies - the Date Rape Drug, but it is very tightly controlled, dispensed by only 1 pharmacy in the US, but it has great reviews from people with narcolepsy and other sleep disorders.
There's a lot of red tape to go through - that's why it's necessary to see a sleep neurologist. Take care - and get some sleep! ElizaJane
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