hi i am 32 and have not taken meds 4 3 yrs. Although i suffer from depression, since the age of 21 i was put on ssris. I have taken all of these where it worked but put my mood through the roof!!! ive just been diagnosed with bipolar 1 where i knew i was bipolar anyway but due 2 the ssris i began self medicating with alchohol.. i am now a recovering alcoholic i have been abstinent for almost 2 yrs. During this period this is where i was on no meds at all and have only now been diagnosed with bipolar and have been prescribed seroquel 50 - 150mgs a night. I am very frightened of the effects of this due 2 undergone cbt and come off the ssris with the most horrible side effects. I know i should take my meds but theres something stopping me from the side and withdrawel i had before with anti-depressants!!! can anybody give me some advice?
Hello ryan1979. I understand how you are feeling. Congratulations on your two years. Good for you! I was on seroquel for some years. That you didn't do well on the ssri medications is too bad, but there are others. Seoquel as you know is an anti-psychotic. Its effective, and a popular medication. The side effects from seoquel are generally favorable. Weight gain, and increased tiredness, sleepy. Most people take it before bedtime, and so its not that much of a problem. If you decide to take seoquel, I believe that you'll find that things, moods will turn less gloomy, and it will help the ups and downs.I say give it a try, and if you find that there is no relief, ask your doctor for an adjustment or another medication. Hope that things go better for you in the days to come.
Hi ryan1979, I would say if you & your doctor have determined you need this medication, plus apparently you have checked out the "possible" side effects, all you can do is to try it to see if it helps you or not. All medications have side effects, & if we were to read, & believe we would get all of them, no one would ever take even an aspirin! This of course is just my personal opinion. I checked out the side effects for this med up above at Drugs A to Z as I was not familiar with it's side effects. As I said, if you truly need this med , & your question makes me wonder if you truly trust your doctor, but if you do & keep in contact with him if there are any ill effects you should be ok. Just my thoughts...
I was prescribed Seroquel for a depression by a psychiatrist and had a psychoatic episode. I was admited to hospital for 6 months before the psychiatrist found meds that work for me. I am on Lithium and Manerix. Lithium is used for bipolar also. Some people are fine with Seroquel but some of us are just not. Hope you find the right meds for yourself. Sometimes it takes time to find the right ones. Good luck and take care!
Well done on your 2 years sobar,i understand you're worry about trying new medication but i do think the benefits outweigh the negatives,is it not better to be on the meds and feel better then not take any and have depressive episodes and mood probs?The seroquel might work for you-fingers crossed it will,and if you keep in contact with the doc that has prescribed it for you,you can both keep an extra eye on things til you know the med is agreeing with you,and if the seroquel is not for you,theres plenty more to try.
I would not be worried,its best you get your condition under wraps rather then suffer from it.I understand the thoughts of wd's is scarey but if and when that time comes,you will get through it,you've already been through so much and come out the otherside.Could you also attend therapy while taking the meds to help you through your worries?Just a thought.
Wishing you the best with this and take care
Hello Ryan. Congrats on your sobriety, and your eagerness for information pertaining to medications you may be (or may be considering) taking! I should quickly tell you that we have a lot in common. I too was recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (BD) after 11 years of treatment for 'depression'. Here are my thoughts re: you ... I know that many, if not most, of the alcohol treatment programs stress the importance of abstinence from ALL alcohol, and many of the types of medications we 'psych cases' sometimes need (point is, they would never advocate telling a diabetic to avoid insulin - they understand some of our meds come with excessive risks). During your nearly 2 years, you have undoubtedly taken great pride in your complete abstinence from meds. But the day you were diagnosed with BD, the playing field changed Ryan.
With some rare exceptions, BD patients NEED to take medication -- not temporarily to cure their BD, but long-term in order to live with it. The alternative is ... you don't want to go there. As for Seroquel, it is not a controlled substance and I can personally tell you I stopped it very abruptly without adverse effect. Please follow your doctor's orders and know that, while very commendable, your concerns are not issues that should stop from taking prescribed Bipolar medications.
- Seroquel Information for Consumers
- Seroquel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Seroquel (detailed)
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