I was recently diagnosed as bipolar type one and my psychiatrist put me on seroquel and lamictal(generic brands). It says to take at bedtime and shortly after I take them I get really groggy then fall asleep. The problem is that I then sleep all day and have a really hard time waking up, and once I do I’m out of it for the next hour or so. I know that it’s common and will go away over time as my body gets used to it, but how long should it take before that happens? Im on the lowest dosage of lamictal and am due to change to a higher dosage soon and am on the lowest dosage of seroquel and I cut the pill in half because my dosage is half a tablet to a full one. I’m also on Wellbutrin xl 300 mg. I am out of work right now on short term disability while we figure out my medications but I’m afraid I won’t be able to work if this doesn’t go away. I also have passed on seeing my daughter when I have visitation because I don’t feel like I can care for her like this. I just want to have my life back and not always be in a drugged induced coma/stupor.
I have taken both Lamictal and Seroquel at the same time. Seroquel was a huge problem for me, I had to quit it. I was frequently either passing out and injuring myself, or almost passing out and having to grip a wall or something. Seroquel also increased my blood sugar about 4x, which isn’t good. I still take Lamictal, and don’t really feel anything after taking it, but I’ve noticed, over time, that I don’t get manic as often as I used to. I stopped Lamictal for a month and got horribly depressed. It is doing something. After stopping the Seroquel my MD prescribed Prazosin, Remeron, and hydroxyzine, which got me to sleep without the wicked long groggy, foggy effects of Seroquel. I also found Sonata (sleeping pill) effective. Maybe you could ask your doctor about all your options - it’s your life on the line. Be your own best advocate!
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