Hi! My daughter still stuck in the system for the last 6 years. Still got the voices in her head but quieter. Problems on clozapine, include large weight gain, one seizure, terrible reflux on a night which soaks pillow and makes her choke! head on one side and bad balance. We have had enough of it!, Drs and psychiatrist not seemingly bothered, so the only other newish tablet left that she hasnt tried is quetiapine. Please can anyone who has had similar experiences of either of these tablets share your views, Also anyone who has had any success with voices with ANY type of anti psychotic, please share also. old or new. Thanks Hazel hgte
I'm now on Seroquel/quetiapine at 600 mg at bedtime, 1/2 XR and 1/2 not XR. I've been on Zyprexa/olanzapine, Abilify/aripiprazole and Lamictal/lamotrigine. I have major depression, GAD and a little OCD. These drugs were used along with SSRIs and benzodiazepines (for the GAD). I don't hear voices. All of these medicines were added to the usual treatments for my diagnoses and they all were well tolerated by me for months or years. I'm now on Seroquel because my anxiety shot up like it was trying to give me a nervous breakdown.
Seroquel has a very strong sleepy side effect. That's just what I needed to counteract the anxiety. For years I used to keep Seroquel for my backup when I couldn't fall asleep. Usually trazodone 100 mg puts me to sleep, but not during this 8 month stretch of high anxiety. The 600 mg of Seroquel does help me sleep normally. I just don't want to sleep sometimes and don't take the Seroquel. Back when Seroquel was my bedtime backup, 25 mg could knock me out. Each time it took more, but there were only about 3 times.
Your daughter and you have had a very rough time. I wish it wasn't true. Seroquel can cause weight gain, but I've been able to keep my weight down, so there's hope. You don't sound like you have a decent psychiatrist. Can you ask around, like who other Drs. recommend, including your pharmacist? It's critical to have a good one so your daughter can do better. I'm sure you already know this. I also checked my psychiatrist's reviews online. There's several sources that have reviews, but never a high number of reviews. I love my Dr. now and found her by checking patient reviews.
Here's a link to a list of anti-psychotics just in case you've missed one:
And here's a link to drugs like Seroquel:
I sincerely hope you find a great Dr. for your daughter and that she is the best she can be.
Hi, hazel! I'm sorry to hear of this situation you're having with your poor daughter.
I've been on quetiapine for about 3 years now and I love it! I'm Bipolar II with psychotic features (auditory and visual hallucinations) and a whole host of pesky little neuroses. But the combination of lithium with Seroquel keeps me about 80% stable and fully functional. The only side effect I've had is a lot of morning grogginess for the first few weeks which passed with time and which, you wouldn't expect, decreases as you increase the dosage.
Everyone reacts to every medication differently than the next person. Nature of the beast. But your daughter cannot continue as is! As I said I've found Seroquel very effective and I hope you will see improvement with it too.
My best, WCV
I see this is an older post..sorry. Clozapine has been the most successful for my son's voices. He still is troubled by them at least once a month but manages to live and work independently. He does have severe reflux, drooling at night and now urinary retention which requires another med to relax bladder. He is on 500mg but I would like to see it lowered. All theses meds have terrible side effects. He had been on seroquel, zyprexa, ability, geodon, depakote, lithium, trazodone and benzos too. This was over a 6yr period.
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