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Re: Seroquel for sleep - doesn't work

Posted by ronaldo on October 21, 2006, at 3:20:27

In reply to Re: Seroquel for sleep - doesn't work ronaldo, posted by ed_uk on October 20, 2006, at 15:02:41

> Hi Alan
> >I think there is some NHS ruling that says no more than 28 to be prescribed at one time.
> Although GPs can prescribe more than 28 if they wish, it is fairly uncommon for patients to be prescribed quantities greater than 28 zopiclone. Most GPs would probably refuse, zopiclone is only licensed for short term treatment in the UK, although some people do take it on a long term basis.
> >The zopiclone is only a temporary measure
> I thought so..... but the high dose of olanzapine might be equally temporary? You might be able to reduce your dose fairly soon if things are going OK.
> >Do you know if there are any drug interactions between Seroquel and Olanzapine?
> Such a low dose of Seroquel would almost certainly be safe with Zyprexa. High doses of both drugs would not generally be prescribed together.
> By the way, have you ever taken valproate (Epilim, Depakote, Orlept)?
> Ed

Hi Ed,

I did try Epilem very briefly about 7 years ago but did not really like it. I thought I was getting a rash with it as I thought with Tegretol which I also tried. I stayed on my usual Lithium for both these trials. I wonder if my flat affect would improve with Epilem.

I took about 12.5 mg of Seroquel last night with usual Lithium and usual 10 mg Zyprexa. I did sleep better: from 10.30 till 2.30 and then from about 3.00 am till 8.00 am. I want to try Seroquel again tonight but don't know whether to take more of it or less. I'm tempted to take less, say about 7 mg. (Difficult to cut the tablet accurately - might get a pill cutter today.)

Thanks for your interest Ed. I don't want to stay on 10 mg Zyprexa for long, but I do want to stabilize my sleep. The 10 mg Zyprexa seems to be doing this. I could live with long term Zyprexa at 5 mg if my sleep was OK. I could live with 5 mg Zyprexa and a small amount of Seroquel long term. Previously when I was on 5 mg Zyprexa long term I had early awakening (5.00 am) regardless how late I went to sleep.

>You might be able to reduce your dose fairly soon if things are going OK.

What does 'fairly soon' mean, Ed? Three weeks or a month or longer?





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