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Re: An update since Seroquel

Posted by fluffy on July 9, 2004, at 17:11:28

In reply to Re: An update since Seroquel fluffy, posted by BarbaraCat on July 9, 2004, at 16:02:43

Hey Barb--

No--I've never tried Seroquel. It was the other one they would have chosen if not Risperdal for me. But since Risperdal has helped me sleep, I don't think we'll be reaching for the Seroquel at all. Yup--dual dopamine action is what I'm after--if I can get the dopamine flowing both ways AND sleep AND not be anxious, then I'll do a happy dance around my front yard. I see my doctor on monday, so we'll see if he will even try me on the darned stuff. He may be pissed that i've even brought it up. But if I can trade feeling 85% better with 100% better, I'll take it. Plus--it's a good time for me to do a trial. I'm not teaching and I can take vacation days if needed. I'll let you know how it goes.

Katy

> Hi Katy,
> Have you ever been on Seroquel? I know you're interested in Abilify. Is that because you've been dealing with depression breakthroughs and don't feel Risperdal is addressing it adequately? Is it the dual dopamine action that interests you about it?
>
> I agree about the alcohol and REM. I'm not drinking much at all these days. Oh, a snootful every few nights but just a wee dram, nothing like I used to. I notice my sleep is much better on those nights I have nothing at all. Alcohol, such a seductive poison.
>
> Ambien has been pretty good as far as REM sleep, at least it's touted that way. But yowza, the last two nights on Seroquel feel like I've been at the movies all night long. Orlando Bloom was in one of them. Sigh, didn't wanna wake up... I only took 6 mg last night and it was fine. Got up feeling groggy but made myself do some situps first thing and that took care of it. A good incentive to lose the belly pudge. I don't feel nearly as depressed as yesterday. Pretty good, in fact. - BCat
>
>
> > Hi gals--
> >
> > From what i've heard, the sedative effects of Seroquel can fade over time. However, I will endorse Risperdal in that department again--it gets me to sleep, but I'm not knocked out. I sleep a little longer than usual, but I can wake up in the morning feeling pretty refreshed. Just another option to consider if the Seroquel doesn't work out. (i know--everyone is different).
> >
> > As far as REM sleep on atypical AP's go, I'm not sure about a correlation. What I do know is that when I was taking a benzo every night, I wasn't getting ANY REM sleep. if you don't get any REM, lots of icky stuff can happen--one of which is memory problems. I didn't dream for months. Then my memory started slipping really bad. I actually lost my car and then called the cops because I thought it had been stolen or towed, when I had parked it at a friend's house only hours earlier. It started to get scary, so I asked my doc if he thought it could be the benzo. He thought it might be a combination of the benzo and that my Depakote dose was a bit too high. Once I started to sleep without Temazepam, I slowly regained my memory back. Another thing that blocks REM sleep is ALCHOHOL. So if you are drinking, you probably won't get a quality night's sleep.
> >
> > Gotta go--take care gals--
> > Katy
>
>


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