Posted by Gracie2 on September 26, 2002, at 21:30:39
In reply to Re: seroquel for insomnia, posted by jackstraw232 on September 22, 2002, at 2:21:08
It is gratifying to see that someone understands where you are coming from, rather than getting defensive.
I cannot stress how terribly my life was being affected by chronic bouts of insomnia. I spent my nights floating about the house like a ghost, tired and depressed and sick. I spent my days exhausted and barely functioning. Insomnia is a living hell. I had used, and then abused, every kind of OTC sleep-aid to the point where they no longer had any kind of effect except, at very high dosages, to make me ill.
Seroquel has changed all that. I take a maintenance dose of 400 mg and I almost never have to take any more than that to sleep well. At the same time, I did say that Seroquel was prescribed to me for my bipolar symptoms, and it has worked well. If I were prescribing for myself, I never would have thought of Seroquel. I know that it's an anti-pyschotic used to treat schizophrenia. I've never considered myself to be psychotic and I'm certainly not schizophrenic. Obviously, Seroquel has multiple uses.
If we've learned anything here on PB, we know that different people have different reactions to different drugs. I shudder at my own experience with Depakote, which turned me into a mindless automan. My own Depakote experiment was so horrendous, I did post several warnings against it, but now I know better. I cannot speak for everyone and have no business pretending that I am any kind of expert on Depakote.