User Reviews for Quetiapine (Page 7)
Also known as: Seroquel, Seroquel XR
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|Intermittent Explosive Disorder||2 reviews||0 medications|
|Paranoid Disorder||7 reviews||2 medications|
|Insomnia||171 reviews||110 medications|
|Borderline Personality Disorder||41 reviews||6 medications|
|Generalized Anxiety Disorder||66 reviews||7 medications|
|Obsessive Compulsive Disorder||15 reviews||13 medications|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||23 reviews||5 medications|
|Bipolar Disorder||311 reviews||33 medications|
|Depression||87 reviews||79 medications|
|Schizophrenia||21 reviews||42 medications|
|Schizoaffective Disorder||32 reviews||28 medications|
|Tourette's Syndrome||1 reviews||12 medications|
|Major Depressive Disorder||16 reviews||47 medications|
|Summary of Quetiapine reviews||793 reviews||7.5|
Reviews for Quetiapine
For Insomnia: "I've been taking a very low dose of Seroquel (1/2 tab, 12.5 mg I think) off and on for several months now, for anxiety, depression and insomnia (off-label). It is the most effective sleep inducer I have every taken. The problem for me is that the effects lasts for about 36 hours, not just 8! The whole next day is low-energy, although it is also low anxiety. So it is good when you absolutely need to recover sleep or take a break, but I cannot use it on a regular basis at all and continue to function at work etc."
Nerfball (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 10, 2015
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For Insomnia: "Prescribed this medication at the age of 16 for insomnia. 25 mg. Knocked me out for 14-20 hours at a time. Changed to half a 25 mg tablet. Sleep just fine. Now at the age of 20 after not using it for 3 years still works the exact same way, no side effects, helps me fall asleep and stay asleep for at least 8 hours. LIFE SAVER. Never been on a higher dose than 25 mg, solely used for sleep."
BrennanHP October 10, 2015
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Seroquel XR (quetiapine) for Bipolar Disorder: "I have been taking seroquel for a little over a year and a half now and it has been the best thing for me. I started off at 350mg when my mania was insanely uncontrollable. But after 2 months I was able to go down to 250 and ever since its been perfect because I don't fight the drowsiness in the mornings and get a great nights rest. I did gain weight, only 20 pounds, but I have always been extremely athletic (2 sport collegiate athlete) and it didn't really affect me at all. Just as long as it keeps the manic/depressive episodes on lock down I think I can handle a curvier body. I seriously reccommend this if you can handle a little weight gain!"
Ann2002 October 8, 2015
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For Insomnia: "This is a fantastic medication. For years I have dealt with severe cases of sleepwalking that doctors were unable to find a solution for. A family member one night gave me a seroquel 25 milligram tablet and for the first time in years I had a zero sleepwalking. I immediately went to my physician and told him of the fantastic progress this medication has made. He first prescribed me 25 milligram dose at bedtime this over the first month increase to 250 milligrams which I feel is an absolutely fantastic dose for me. I have taken this medication now at the 250 milligram dose and find it still works amazingly. I get an absolutely complete night sleep and no side effects in the morning. I was never a morning person do to sleep walking. 100% better"
Sleepwalking-in-newfoundland (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 7, 2015
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For Insomnia: "This drug was a life-saver. I had severe insomnia, the doctor said one of the hardest cases he has ever treated. I tried all the usuals, would get some sleep every couple of days. I started on this medication at 50mg, and moved up gradually to 300mg. Within a week I was sleeping wonderfully. It is a deep deep sleep, and it was hard to rouse at the higher dosage. Very vivid dreams. I did not experience any hunger or weight gain. I moved back gradually to 25mg, and would sometimes only take half of that tablet. I just quit taking Seroquel totally after 8 months."
MBrook (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 6, 2015
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For Schizophrenia: "Very good drug. Tried olanzapine and aripiprazole and this is the best. Made my depression a bit better also. Better than lithium citalapram and sertraline as I've tried all these for depression with no success. Relieved me of anxiety too. Does make you super groggy after taking it so be careful guys"
supershid (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 5, 2015
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For Insomnia: "I have been taking Quetiapine 50mg every night for almost four years for mainly insomnia and bipolar episodes. This drug makes me fall asleep within 90 minutes of taking it. It took about 6 months to finally figure out when the best time for me to take it was. I recommend having the same bed time every night for best nights sleep with this drug. When I first started taking quetiapine, I had mild hallucinations as I got drowsy Little things like the wall `tingling` have been seen. After over 3 years of taking this medication, my muscles have started twitching randomly. Each month it is getting slightly worse. My doctor and I are thinking of switching to another drug. Overall this is a great medication for insomnia, not for long term use."
Spityyy October 5, 2015
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Seroquel XR (quetiapine) for Depression: "I have taken it for PTSD at night for a long time. I'm able to sleep without having horrific nightmares. There is weight gain, but that boosts me to eat healthy and exercise, which helps my depression! klonipin to help with daytime anxiety and Seroquel before bed are the two drugs that keep me sane and able to live a normal life."
Kmtdstr (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 2, 2015
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Seroquel (quetiapine) for Bipolar Disorder: "This was the first anti-psychotic I was put on, I was pushed into it by my psychiatrist at the time. I was on a low dose, 150mg. I took it for four months before taking myself off it due to extreme tiredness and horrific weight gain...I gained over 2.5 stones in the time I was on it, despite managing my food intake very carefully and exercising rigorously. A couple of years later I wound up being prescribed Seroquel again, this time at 300mg. Same as last time it really knocked me out and once again I gained weight. This med did nothing for my mood, but I kept being told to 'give the medication time to work.' After 6 months I came off it again. Since weaning off the med I haven't slept properly, and that was almost 3 months ago."
WhichMed (taken for 6 months to 1 year) October 2, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "I suffer from Bipolar disorder and found that this drug works wonders. If I may say, this is the wonder drug they say that doesn't exist. Now, I would usually complain how I went from x stone to y stone, but I'm drastically slim, so it's done me well to gain 60 pounds. This medicine helps controls Psychotic disorders by allowing you that extra few seconds to respond, whereas before you would just react without thinking. It is known as a major sedative because, well, it slows you down. This drug is usually used in conjunction of Antidepressant medications, and mood stabilizers. I suggest this drug, don't listen to the annoyed people who are now 20 pounds heavier. There is nothing to complain about if it helps, then it's worth every pound"
PsychiatricEarth September 30, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "I am being court ordered to take this prescribed medication. I don't like taking any drug. The side effects I have are lethargy, diziness, my tongue doesn't work at times, I have knots in my stomach, headache, I sleep for more than half the day, lower back pain and leg pain and cramping. I am prescribed 25mg but I break the pill in half so I am only taking half per day. I am less angry maybe because I have no desire to do anything. I have been taking the drug for five months now. I just want to be drug free. I don't think I will check this site again but I would like some responses."
mama29 September 29, 2015
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Seroquel (quetiapine) for Bipolar Disorder: "Worst medication ever! I took a small dose of 50 mg at bedtime and it gave me the WORST sugar cravings and made me eat uncontrollably!! I took seroquel for 9 months and gained 40 pounds. Do not take this medication it destroyed my health!"
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 28, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "I first tried the generic for topamax and I just felt depressed. I've been on lexpro also for about 2 years. When I got prescribed seroquel I was nervous about the "tired" side effect, but my Pdoc said as long as I take it before bed I should be okay and might feel some fatigue. First week, I was EXTREMELY tired when waking up. I would sleep at least 10 hours and it was still difficult for me to wake up. I slept the whole night and fell asleep great, but WOW it was very difficult to get out of bed in the morning. I was told no not up my dose the 2nd week. After 2 full weeks I felt like a zombie. Yay for being calm, but I was too calm. No motivation to work, college homework, and I started feeling sad and crying for no reason. Not for me."
BipolarllQueen95 September 25, 2015
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For Depression: "Was put on Seroquel as a mood stabilizer along with my anti depressant 3 years ago. Worked wonderfully. Was able to sleep, eat (which I couldn't do due to anxiety) and felt good. At first. After 3 years I gained 40 pounds, ate like a pig and had heart palpitations, high prolactin levels and felt like a zombie. I have been off of it for almost a month. Terrible drug for me."
cyvettee September 22, 2015
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For Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: "I experienced a major traumatic event that resulted in the loss of my 4 year old daughter and almost the loss of my own life with permanent organ damage. In the hospital, I was started on high doses of lorazepam which did nothing. When I returned home I deteriorated fast and the PTSD symptoms increased. Anyone who has PTSD can tell you it's completely paralyzing. I was taken to the emergency room and given Seroquel to take 25mg in the morning and 50mg before bedtime. This medicine honestly saved my life. I was able to make it through her funeral and some very hard times. It's been 1 1/2 years and with therapy I've been able to taper down to 12.5mg at bedtime. This dose easily puts me to sleep and has a calming effect."
Sophia10 September 19, 2015
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For Generalized Anxiety Disorder: "150 Mg controls my anxiety but leave me very tired. Within 2 hours of taking it at night I feel drugged and have to go to bed. I sleep all night without waking but sleep at least 10 hours a night. I'm looking for an alternative without the side effect."
Noah1 September 13, 2015
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Seroquel (quetiapine) for Bipolar Disorder: "Of all medications I have taken for mental illnesses, Seroquel has been the most effective. It started working almost immediately. At first 25mg nightly, then 50mg, to 75mg, to 100mg only at bed time due to the drowsiness that accompanies it. I now take 150mg at bed and 25mg with breakfast and 25mg at lunch time which is keeping anxiety at bay. It required an increase monthly for me until now. The biggest benefit was treatment of insomnia, which in turn helped me manage my days better. It hasn't been effective in preventing or even reducing the effects of mania which is why it didn't get a full 10/10 from me. The worse side effect has been the constant weight gain."
TheSunWillRiseToBetterDays September 12, 2015
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For Depression: "I had depression and could not sleep longer than 2 hour. With Seroquel 200 mg I was ok and slept 8 to 9 hours after 6 to 7 weeks. Side effects dizziness weakness, sweating, chills, cough loss of appetite. I got to dread taking it because of side effects. I would wait and fall asleep naturally but only last for 2 to 3 hours wake up take a short walk to feel tired again and then would take 100 mg and go to sleep still side effects not as bad but would get anxious upon awakening and needed to usually take lorazapam or equivalent. Going to see doc and hope he can suggest something different"
chevy39 September 9, 2015
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For Bipolar Disorder: "I have to say that seroquel has helped me out alot. I've been taking it for about 6 months now and it has stopped my terrible anxiety and mania. I have tried a lot of combinations of medications and I'm happy to finally be on the right stuff. My biggest issue with seroquel was that my doctor didn't warn me that I would want to sleep all day every day when first taking it. I have a baby and those first weeks on seroquel were extremely difficult. I am also awake right now at 3 am typing this because I forgot to get my prescription filled and didn't have a dose to take. You do become dependent on this medicine! Nights like this are terrible but I wouldn't trade it."
Littleton9 September 9, 2015
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Seroquel XR (quetiapine) for Schizoaffective Disorder: "*English is not my main language, so if something is not understood, know why* From the age 16 to 17 I had depression and I had social anxiety, then I tried to kill myself and went into a mental hospital. The trauma I had there made me do the same thing again. They tried every single medicationon on me, and than they decided seroquel xr is the best med for me. It really made me be balanced, but also made be apathetic and not connected to my feelings and thoughts. My memory was terrible, and I barely talked. I stopped taking it for one day and went into a manic-psychotic mood and I'm writing it from another mental hospital. I'm happy that I stopped taking this, I wanna feel alive, not like a zombie"
Liah September 6, 2015
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Seroquel (quetiapine) for Bipolar Disorder: "I have been on Seroquel for over 5 years, with varying doses ranging from 50 mg/day to 400 mg/day, for treatment resistent depression initially and bipolar disorder II recently, and it's been a gift from God. It doesn't cause the terrible inner restlessness that older antipsychotics or newer ones like Geodon, Risperdal, and Latuda produce, and it's effective against bipolar depression. I would give it a 10, but the side effects can be hard to deal with (drowsiness, tachycardia, BP changes)."
elgringodenm September 6, 2015
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Seroquel (quetiapine) for Bipolar Disorder: "It's a great medication. It helps me out a lot, the only thing is the weight gain. I've gain 30 pounds being on seroquel, if only there's another medicine you can take with it so you don't gain the weight that would be great"
kecasue (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 1, 2015
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For : "I was prescribed seroquel to mitigate my vyvanse over stimulation. At first I was alarmed because it is used to treat schizophrenia. It still bothers Mr that it is an anti-psychotic med.... anyway even on this vyvanse this med makes me really drowsy all day after taking it at bedtime. I hate it."
adhdgurl (taken for 2 to 5 years) August 29, 2015
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For Intermittent Explosive Disorder: "After many combos of medications used to control my IED (intermittent explosive disorder) within a few months of taking Seroquel, my rages stopped. This is an amazing and very effective medication. I'm only on Seroquel versus the 4 meds I was on prior"
TwiztidAngel August 28, 2015
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