I've been on Quetiapine Fumarate for almost 2 weeks. I started at 25mg at bedtime and then went up to 50mg at bedtime. This Friday night will mark 2 weeks. I've been diagnosed with Cyclothymia, a slight case of Borderline, and ADHD. I'm also going through a breakup, so I'm in a real funk. I suffer from anxiety as well. I know that I am supposed to wait at least a month but I am getting impatient and I need to get my life together. So I'd like to hear about other people's experience in regards to how long they had to wait (and and other details you'd like to share).I also get crazy jealous in my relationship, anyone have experience with that?
How long did it take for Seroquel to kick in? Aside for the sleeping effect, which I appreciate?
Question posted by RS92 on 21 Jan 2016
Last updated on 27 March 2021 by SueMM
I haven't had the greatest results with Seroquel. I used to take 400 mg at night to help decrease anxiety so I could sleep. There were many nights that it seemed to have the opposite effect; I would be extremely groggy and dizzy, but sleep never came. It takes hours for the "hangover effect" to wear off after a dose that high. I finally just quit nighttime Seroquel and starting taking 150 mg of Trazodone, which seems to agree with me much better and I am now getting more sleep. I have 25 mg Seroquel tabs that I can take prn during the day for anxiety, but I have never felt that Seroquel helped my anxiety--it only made me a anxious tired person, and yes--sometimes grumpy and idle.
For me, the tiredness and increased appetite was immediate with the first dose. The therapeutic aspects, however, took approximately 4 weeks to begin. Keeping in mind this was coupled with therapy. My beginning dose was 100mg 3x per day. It was eventually changed to 400mg 1x per day. So, keep in mind that the dose you are on now may not be the ideal dose for you. Over time you and your doctor can adjust the mg to find the best dose for you and when that's combined with whatever therapies you need the outcome is beautiful and definitely worth the wait time your body needs to adjust to this medication.
I felt really good the next day. I thought I had found the right one. Cleaned, showered, did a few other things but day 5, I feel like the bottom has fallen out from under me. Not much help here for you, sorry.
Two weeks just starting get the effects of ioomg seraqual got my first decent sleep for over three years so I'm over the moon
Immediate response for me 150mg XR 3 hours before bedtime, 0 anxiety very next day.
I was prescribed 150mg XR at bedtime worked immediately for insomnia, anxiety , take it 3 hours before bedtime and it knocks me out. Cons , the first week you can be unusually tired, but it subsides. Use it a lot for my own patients , in my humble opinion with accompanying anxiety, depression insomnia... I Always prescribe an XR ( extended release) and would never go through a family Dr. Only a psychiatrist! With the symptoms you are describing that is a considerably small dose, and I am not surprised you are not getting the relief you Need. .Hope that helps. And a reminder to all ... all meds in the antidepressant class have the potential to cause adverse side effects and it may not be the right drug for you. Have never had an issue with starting my patients and myself 150mg for the initial dose XR at bedtime. It is designed to decrease anxiety and agitation amongst other things.
Again, only work with a psychiatrist , one that will co partner with you and be patient and listen to you. Research, Research, Research your mental health symptoms , so you are well informed .
I started out on 100mg at night. It didnt help me at all. Now my dr just started me on 800mg at night. It still takes almost 2 hours to make me sleepy. I only sleep about 4 hrs. My depression and anxiety are still bad. I have ptsd and bipolar along with borderline so i dont really know why it doesnt work well for me. I hope you are feeling better.
Seroquel works great... i feel so much better on it... i switched from Seroquel XR to Seroquel 50mg. It helps with my moods as well as my sleeping.
I also take Zoloft and latuda
Hi, RS! I was diagnosed with a Bipolar II subtype when I started taking Seroquel. The drowsiness, as you know, kicks in immediately but the therapeutic effects took about 3-4 weeks for me.
I think you're probably real close so try to be patient just a little bit longer. If it works as well for you as it did for me then the wait will be worth it.
Best wishes, WCV
rs; Sorry no choice you have gotten half way through the blood level most start to feel much better between 3 and 4 weeks keep at it and all the other things should fall back together. chuck1957
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