My father is unable to sleep at night and becomes very agitated. He has dementia. Seroquel or risperdol are either appropriate to help with this issue.
Hi, although Seroquel can be used successfully to aid sleep, personally, i wouldn't recommend it for this reason, as it is a strong psychotropic medication and can be subject to a lot of unwanted side effects. If the benefits outweigh the 'risks', such as using it in cases of Bipolar or BPD, then i would review it differently...
We have found with my Dad who suffers from dementia/alzheimers that seroquel gave him bad side affects so we do not take that med anymore. For my Dad's restlessness and sleeplessness we use over the counter melatonin, combined with a tylenol pm or if it is really bad he takes the prescription medication Trazodone. The prescription med works very well with no side affects. We try to stay away from as many prescription meds that have side affects as possible but, there are somethings which prescription meds must be used for.
Trazodone has been a wonder drug for me. I am younger, but when I saw this question I felt I should share. I was put on this medication for sleep disorders about 6 years ago and at first I hated it! I had bad headaches and ver weird dreams. My dr urged me to hang in there another 2 weeks and I agreed. I’m so thankful for that dr because this medicine has turned out to be a life saver for me. It used to used as an antidepressant before all the new stuff came out, so it can help some if depression is a problem. Mainly now though it is prescribed for sleep disorders because sleepiness is such a prevalent side effect. It helps me fall asleep and for the most part stay asleep without feeling groggy in the morning. My dr started me with 50mg at night and over a period of time raised it too 100mg. I am now on 150 and find that if I’m tired enough half is enough.
If you are going to try it, stick with it for 4-6 weeks before you make up your mind. It doesn’t work for anyone the same. Hope this helps someone out there!
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