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User Reviews for Quetiapine

Also known as: Seroquel, Seroquel XR

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Quetiapine Rating Summary

7.3/10 Average Rating

403 Ratings with 345 User Reviews

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "I've been taking this for a few weeks and I think I've already gained 10 pounds because I am hungry 100% of the time. I've had insomnia for all 20 years of my life and have yet to find a medication that makes me sleep till this one, and on the 50 mg dose. That would be amazing if it did not make me sleep for the rest of the day too. It shuts me down to the point where it is harder than normal to breathe. I've been staying with it in hopes that I would improve but all I've noticed is that I am more irritated by even the smallest things."

   
2.0

Aubrey O September 23, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "Love love love this drug. It has normalized my sleep, though the initial morning grogginess was hard to deal with. However, this side effect went away after the first month or two. I'm at 300mg and it has normalized my moods and has mostly gotten rid of my anxiety. The only downside is that it causes some pretty extreme "munchies," which does lead to some weight gain. May also have contributed to my pre-diabetic condition."

   
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AudgePodge September 23, 2016

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"I have been on and off Seroquel generic instant release for years. Doses anywhere from 25 mg to 300 mg. It works for me absolutely. Have tried Zyprexa, Geodon, Risperdal, Latuda and Saphris. Always back to Seroquel though. Calms racing thoughts, squashes anxiety with the hammer of Thor, sleep like a stone. No weight gain for me, worst side effect is headache for me. Great med, recommend it for BPD. Bipolar, Anxiety or Panic and Insomnia."

   
9.0

CastielMinion (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 17, 2016

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"I've been taking seroquel 200mg for years...I am bi polar but I'm manic I don't get depressed. Anyway Doc increased the dose to 400 mg..ok I have anxiety and panic attacks..I also take.buspirone 30mg twice a day...I can't sleep...and when I do its only a couple of hours..I also gained weight and have a little twitch and my hands shake...What do I do..Doctors don't listen to what you say...and put you on a bunch of crap..thanks for listening any impute is welcome"

Kathleengist September 16, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "I am into week 2 of taking Seroquel for Bipolar disorder. The main side effects that I am noticing are the feeling about 20 minutes after taking it (makes me feel the same way Trazadone did when I took it for insomnia), and the cloudiness the next day. I have had several situations where something will come up, and I'll recall a conversation or physical activity that I truly think happened, but I cannot determine if I dreamed it or if it really happened. But, I am already noticing a major difference in the way I feel and am able to concentrate and interact while at work, and even with family (in a good way). Since it's only been 2 weeks, of course I am going to give it a little more time."

   
7.0

Chell GH September 13, 2016

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Seroquel XR (quetiapine): "Have been on Seroquel XR 25mg (once before bed) for about 6 months now and my life has completely changed for the better. Yeah, the weight gain is a pain but its a small price to pay for normality. Social anxiety / severe insomnia has not been an issue for months!! Am finally myself again. Have tried other antipsychotics but nothing works as well as this one. Only downside is an insatiable appetite - but you can minimize weight gain by substituting with fruits etc, which is what Im currently doing."

   
8.0

vanillacoke (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 13, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "After being on this medication for several months, I finally reached a dosage (600mg) that helped. I needed this to calm down my manic state. This being said, I gained close to 20lbs. As a 18 year old girl, this affected my confidence greatly. I was on a vegan diet for 7 months prior to being on this medication, and stayed on the diet while taking it. My weight was stable around 125 for all those months, however upon starting I went up to 145. Not to mention how absolutely exhausted this medication made me. I highly suggest trying to find another medication."

   
4.0

st3619 September 11, 2016

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"Quetiapine's great but definitely take it at night otherwise it can cause a twilight type of drowsiness over the day."

   
8.0

psychr (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 10, 2016

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"I took just 25mg and I felt awful -stomach, pain, headache and weaknesses. I had problem with falling a sleep and when I did I had nightmares. In the morning couldn't get up, spend all my day in bed with muscles pain and headache. But the worse was feeling irritated and restless, I felt really down and depressed I even had the thoughts of hurting myself...shame because I had a lot of hopes with it:-(. This meds is not for me..."

   
1.0

Lu125 September 8, 2016

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" Caused depression and negative, self defeating thoughts early on. They just got worse and worse until finally it peaked in major anxiety and panic attacks so bad I could barley speak. Then I had to step down from the drug slowly due to the well documented withdrawal problems. So more time feeling god awful and wasted time out of my life. In my opinion, avoid this med if you can. It's a serious drug."

   
1.0

JT111 August 25, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "I felt more emotionally stable on this, meaning when I would have usually gotten to a certain point, the medication stopped it before it could escalate. For the first few months I was thankful for not completely crashing and burning every couple of weeks (I was in a particularly stressful situation in the period of time I was taking this so my hopelessness was exasperated), significant reduction in hallucinations and paranoid delusions, not being able to cry, sleeping consistently and having no memory of my dreams. The reasons as to why I stopped taking it were degenerated eyesight (my eyesight had been perfect prior to meds), severely effected long and short term memory and zero motivation in all areas of life. I didn't feel like myself."

   
6.0

ConcaveEarth (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 25, 2016

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Seroquel XR (quetiapine): "This med is pretty wonderful for my bipolar mania and my bipolar depression. Only set back is the sedation, but at the same time I've always struggled with anciety, so this side effect is okay with me as it helps the anxiety. Really saved my life."

   
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AngelBunny0316 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) August 23, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "Very horrible experience on this medication that I took years a go. Side effects were not pleasant."

   
2.0

PostmodenistCupie (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 19, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "I am currently on 50mg of Seroquel in addition to other meds. It has certainly made a huge positive difference in my paranoid thinking and obsessive-compulsive spartanism. It has leveled out my wild swings between anxiety and depression somewhat. It works great on my insomnia too. It causes me constipation and aggravates my essential tremor, but its benefits are well worth the price. I have not yet experienced the increase in appetite it's known for."

   
9.0

SereneCeline August 17, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "Seroquel XR definitely helped me with my moods and rapid cycling. But.... gave it away because I was forever hungry. I lost all internal compass on whether or not I required food. Which is scary for me because I've always been normal weight and relied upon internal hunger cues to direct my eating. These cues were lost on seroquel. I wanted to eat all the time! I put myself on a strict diet yet the weight still kept creeping on. In my opinion, seroquel lowers the metabolism. Such that you'd have to restrict your calorie intake quite seriously. I'm going to try Latuda instead as it's a "weight neutral" preparation."

   
6.0

BrizVegasGal August 15, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "It didn't work and made me gain 70+ pounds. Conning off was AWFUL!"

   
1.0

TamaraJKelley (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 9, 2016

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"I love Seroquel. I do. I've been on as much as 200 mg/day for the the last 8 months and now am currently hoping 75-100 mg/day will prove as effective as 200 at eliminating bipolar depression. I've honestly never been happier or more stable in my memorable life and I'm 34. The sleep is fantastic, anxiety an issue of the past and I just have such a high but stable mood. As for the reviewers promising this drug will not cause you to gain unless you increase your food consumption: Don't believe it! Research it! You might be lucky but this drug does NOT only increase appetite--it can decrease some core metabolic functions. Many people have to really restrict calories & up exercise just to maintain pre-Seroquel weight!"

   
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Gemi777 July 28, 2016

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"Well had many changes or should I say increases in medication as I seem to only get 12 months benefit then medication becomes less and less effective. Regarding quetiapine I was on 60mg a day. 9 months ago I started to become ill again. I became suicidal. so saw my psychiatrist. He said the current thinking was 600 to 800 mg of quetiapine. was the effective dose to take for bipolar. So now I am on 600mg every evening. I am back to being well and have been for many months The only side is effect is relaxing of muscles, talking like a drunk.So to take it early evening,and go to bed once I start feeling drowsy,"

   
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Andy Bipolar disorder (taken for 5 to 10 years) July 19, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "when I was first put on this medication in the emergency room, I was coming off heroin and my mood swings was horrific, and my anxiety was off the charts, they put me on 200 mg. immediately and was to take it 3 times a day. I was diagnosed as bipolar, ptsd severe anxiety disorder, hearing voices to kill myself, sleep disorder, among a few others. I have loved this medicine since day one almost 4 years ago. I have ended up 150 lbs. over weight, and diabetic. however one may see this, I call this my miracle pill. I wish I had been put on it as a teenager. I have told my psych don't ever try to take this away from me, I get paranoid at thinking about it. I may be fat and diabetic, but I have a good life and great family."

   
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lisa022 July 18, 2016

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Seroquel XR (quetiapine): "First of all, let me start by saying that I hear that this is an expensive drug because of how new it is. Luckily for me (perhaps, lol), my insurance considera me catastrophic due to my checkered past, and pays the entire price because they want me to take this medication and stfu lol. Since taking Seroquel XR, my life has improved so much, and I really have never felt more stable in my life. I've tried anticonvulsants and other antipsychotics and they have not worked for me. This medication really does, to my surprise! The only downfall is that I've gained 10 pounds taking it, but any antipsychotic will do that. Strongly recommend Seroquel XR!"

   
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JoeyBBY92 July 16, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "This medication was a life saver after being admitted in the hospital for being manic an very agaitated was titrated from 50mg to 250mg a day in it has cured my agitation 75% of my mood 50% of my deppression since most antidepressants make me manic I would recommend to anyone who has tried multiple medicines I can finally sleep feel relaxed in not stay angry for hours."

   
9.0

bipolardude July 15, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "I am a 42 yr. old woman with ADHD along with Bipolar Depression also coming off 8 yrs. of taking pain medications every day ( norco's as well as Percocet's) I was getting between both 300 a month.. I've been off the pain meds for 4 mth now so far so good.. But after the fog cleared from the pain meds all my other diagnoses come out full blast,. So I was taking a 2mg Xanax, 350mg soma, along with 300mg trazadone at night and still couldn't sleep. Thanks to my new doctor I'm on 1mg Xanax along with 100mg Seroquel at night and within a hour I'm asleep and I mean good sleep (no dreams getting up thru the night etc.,) so fingers crossed it stays that's way!!!"

   
9.0

PMA74 (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 4, 2016

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"My doctor prescribed me this medicine just two days ago and was able to pick up yesterday and took it before bed last night. I did start to feel drowsy and dizzy. As I tried to get comfortable, my heart was racing, my eyes, legs and arms were restless but my brain was asleep while my eyes were open. I felt like my dr prescribed me speed instead of sleeping meds, on top of that my mouth was as dry as a desert when I woke up this morning and no matter how much water I drank my mouth would not absorb it. Bottom of the story I felt like a tweeker and ended up getting barely any sleep at all. This is just night one, lets up trial nights two and three are better"

   
1.0

Sleep from hell (taken for less than 1 month) July 2, 2016

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Seroquel (quetiapine): "I'm at the two-week point. And while it's still a bit painful to get out of bed, once I do I no longer feel "stoned." There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Days one through five were as follows: 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg. Then it was a matter of getting my body acclimated to 400 mg, which I thought would never happen. If you are able to take vacation/sick days/medical leave, I do suggest it. I did not. Either way, just know it does get better within a matter of weeks."

   
8.0

Average New York Professional June 21, 2016

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"I'm at the two-week point. And while it's still a bit painful to get out of bed, once I do I no longer feel "stoned." There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Days one through five were as follows: 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg. Then it was a matter of getting my body acclimated to 400 mg, which I thought would never happen. If you are able to take vacation/sick days/medical leave, I do suggest it. I did not. Either way, just know it does get better within a matter of weeks."

   
8.0

Average New York Professional (taken for less than 1 month) June 21, 2016

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