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Re: Seroquel for sleep - doesn't work

Posted by ronaldo on October 8, 2006, at 7:58:55

In reply to Re: Seroquel for sleep - doesn't work ronaldo, posted by yxibow on October 7, 2006, at 16:34:15

Paradoxically it seems that Seroquel, while it puts me to sleep quickly, it does so for only four or five hours and then it seems to STOP me from going back to sleep again, ie it keeps me awake. Is this something to do with its six hour half life? Is it possible that when I come off Seroquel completely that while I may have more difficulty in going to sleep that once asleep I will sleep right through until say 7.00 am?

My original sleep problem was due to coming off Zyprexa - withdrawal. I have now been completely off Zyprexa for two weeks. I had early awakening problems with Zyprexa before I started to come off it. While I was coming off it this got worse and I started waking up at 2.00 am and 3.00 am. After starting Seroquel this improved to 4.00 am and 5.00 am. I took the Seroquel to help me with the insomnia caused by the Zyprexa withdrawal. I want to see what I am like when I am completely free of anti-psychotics. My dx is Bipolar in remission so I hope I don't go high...

Paradoxically I started on Zyprexa to help me sleep. It worked beautifully for about 18 months and then the early awakening started. I would only recommend Zyprexa for sleep in the short term, say six months or best used only occasionally eg. weekends. 5 mg of Zyprexa used to send me to sleep for 12-14 hours when I was first taking it. 2.5 mg gave a very beneficial 8 hours.




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