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Re: Why Seroquel?

Posted by JD on June 26, 1999, at 16:23:21

In reply to Why Seroquel?, posted by Cass on June 26, 1999, at 0:09:15

While it's not as common as it used to be, some doctors routinely prescribe low doses of so-called
"anti-psychotic" medications as sedatives or sleeping aids, especially when they're concerned about their patients getting hooked on things like ativan or lorazepam, which can be very addictive. From what I gather, it's a tad controversial, but the newer medications like seroquel at least have a pretty good safety profile compared to some of the older ones. You may want simply to raise the issue with your doctor the next time you see him, so he can explain his rationale to you personally. If the seroquel "helps", that may actually be justification enough...

> My doctor recently prescribed Seroquel to me. I was shocked to see that the patient information says the drug is for Schizophrenia. I have never been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. No doctor has ever mentioned any possibility at all of my having that disease. When he was prescribing the med, my doctor told me that the drug was just a sedative. Also, he abruptly discontinued my use of Lorazepam, which he had prescribed to me for years. Is it possible that he prescribed the Seroquel for withdrawls from Lorazepam? Has anyone ever heard of a doctor doing that before? I know I sound clueless, but when I ask him questions, he starts spouting off medical terms which no layperson would understand.




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