Does anyone else feel like after you walk a few feet that you start to breath heavily and your heart starts to race? I love seroquel cause its the only think that will put me to sleep and I think it works some with my bipolar. But has anyone had an experience like that before?
Seroquel - heart racing and heavy breathing?
- 14 May 2014 by hollylaine
- 20 Dec 2016
- seroquel, bipolar disorder, sleep, heart, breathing
Added 14 May 2014:
This only happens to me after 30mins when the medication is fully in my body, but it freaks me out cause ive noticed on it while in the hospital my heart rate was in the 115s and before that it was even higher like in the 120s-130s. I was on 200mg but because of those reactions I had my dr reduce it over time and im back down to 25mg. Anyone else know what im talking about or had it happen to them?
Hi, holly! It's very rare but Seroquel can cause tachycardia in a handful of users. I had your exact symptoms ~ racing, pounding heartbeat and huffing and puffing to the point of wheezing.
I didn't want to reduce my dosage as it really had me leveled out so we switched to the Seroquel XR formulation and the symptoms completely resolved. I don't sleep as well with the XR, but plenty good enough.
Best wishes, WCV
Definitely. I've had that for years. But now, my fatigue and racing heart has gotten worse. I've also have had a lot of mania lately. So, my new doctor raised my dose from 50 to 90mg and, let me tell you, I not only woke up with very rapid/pounding heartbeat 3 times, but I awoke feeling like I was suffocating (not taking in enough air) for 15 minutes. Scary crap. After that, it went away. I've been on Seroquel since 1999, and much higher doses, too. It does seem to calm the mania down, so it stinks if I have to go off it or cut down more. I've never had too many problems on it(save for the not-so-bad weight gain and sleeping a lot) for obviously a LONG time, until the last 4 years. The problems are: I am VERY heat sensitive(NEVER was like that in my life), fatigue, moodiness, pre-diabetic and possible low blood sugar spikes, and Serotonin excess attacks.
Serotonin excess or Serotonin Syndrome (even worse) sucks. I had it 2 years ago and they were scary and debilitating. I couldn't go out for a rightful fear of an attack. Also, I went to different doctors who couldn't figure it out, even a neurologist. Finally, my psychiatrist said 'whoa, whoa. Instead of going to all these doctors, lets cut down on the Seroquel and Luvox. You probably just have a build up of Serotonin. And sure enough, in 3-4 weeks, any remaining symptoms vanished for the next year(there were exceptions). I guess Seroquel combined with other Serotonin producing drugs such as Luvox can give you this. It's weird that my body handled all of it fine from 24 years old to late 30s with no problems and suddenly, I'm hit with a few of these debilitating problems. But, my doctor said it just happens sometimes as time goes on, like developing an allergic reaction. If you've never had a Serotonin excess attack, I'll tell you: you have anxiety and maybe dread(a rush), a total change of consciousness(you're not processing things cognitively like usual and just trying to get thru it), taught muscles(especially in your upper thighs, neck, or arms), tremoring hands, muscle twitching all over your body, and, when severe, whole twitching limbs, specifically your legs, like your knees are going to buckle. If you read in your drug facts sheets, it says you could get Serotonin excess by using it alone, but the chances are greater with other Serotonin producing meds. For years, I was on the same dosage of the same 4 meds. I take. But, unfortunately, due to these problems I've been having lately, I'm in the middle of playing around with them. It stinks, because Seroquel has helped me mentally, emotionally, sleeping. And, yes, when I sometimes walk around at night or even just stand, my heart races a little and I'm a little out of breath. But, compared to these other problems, to me that's not that bad. But, you're very right to be concerned and tell your doctor. I can't believe he didn't know what you were talking about. When I was on my heaviest dose in 2000, I couldn't hardly breath in thru my nose for 3 hours after taking it. Best wishes.
I am currently taking 600 mg a day of Seroquel and 100mg of Trazodone for bipolar disorder. I get winded very easily climbing steps. My heart pounds and i get shortness of breath and gasp for air. I frequently feel heart palpitations and feel very heavy and sluggish once my meds have kicked in. I wake up gasping fir air like im about to die. However, i have been taking between 400-600mg seroquel for the last 4 years and i have an ECG every six months. My results are always normal. I've also been tested for sleep apnea and that was normal. I think if you are only taking 25 mg that is an extremely low dose so if my heart is healthy taking 600mg i wouldn't worry too much. It may just be harmless side effects although it seems scary. Im surprised to hear you find 25mg helpful for bipolar. The minimum seroquel therapeutic dose for bipolar is 300mg daily but averaging between 300mg -600mg to be effective. Are you sure about your diagnosis?
- Seroquel Information for Consumers
- Seroquel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Seroquel (detailed)
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