He tells me that he still feels like he needs something, like a cigarette, every minute of the day.
I suffer from BPD and I understand your son absolutely, as I am 99.9% of the time undergoing a manic phase (I do not smoke though), but anyway I take seroquel which the active ingredient is quetiapine, what your son is on. Being manic has plenty to do with being impulsive, taking unnecessary risks, acting before rationalizing (being impulsive). Presently I take 400mg of seroquel at night, and if I need to take some during the day I do. I am 45 y/o and also take zyprexa 5mg. (olanzapine) at night to help me with the insomnia I only sleep 2 to 3 hrs., perhaps if you mention this last medication to his Dr. it might help him slow down, also abilify (aripiprazole) helps, and for the mood swings I take lamictal in the mornings and the active ingredient is lamotrigine, this too might help your son. I almost forgot, sports might be of help also, in the mornings aerobics, not at night because as you probably are aware aerobics hyperventilates one´s organism causing him to be accelerated and that is not good for "sleeping", just some suggestions, as I practice sports in the a.m. and it helps me. I suffer from BPD all my life (not comparing only sharing) and with the right support from one´s family a good Dr. and the right medications I have managed to lead a "normal" life, I hope your son does too.
Well, I hope I have been of some help.
- Quetiapine Information for Consumers
- Quetiapine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Quetiapine (detailed)
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