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Re: Seroquel and effect on depression?

Posted by sk85 on September 10, 2010, at 4:34:12

In reply to Re: Seroquel and effect on depression?, posted by morgan miller on September 10, 2010, at 1:03:02

> I don't think Seroquel is very effective for depression. I would prefer a low dose of Zyprexa, a low dose of Lithium, or a combination of the two for treating depression and anxiety.
> Are you having trouble sleeping? If so, a low dose of Lyrica would be better for sleep than Seroquel.
> Have you ever tried any antidepressants other than SSRIs?
> Are you open to trying supplements?

My problem with meds is that almost every single one of them makes my movement disorder worse. It all started with fluoxetine (Prozac). In the beginning everything seemed OK but as time went on I started to get these bizarre spasms in my neck and shoulder area. Stopping the medication didn't help and trying different SSRIs made it worse again. So it seems that Prozac has left me with permanent damage. My psychiatrist didn't believe it in the beginning that this could be from the meds but I got a second opinion from a neurologist and she confirmed it sounded like tardive dystonia (spasmodic torticollis).
So my situation is complex as I'm suffering from anxiety and now depression (mostly brought on by the terrible realisation that I'm incapacitated by this dystonia) and I can't take any meds to combat that because as soon as I take an SSRI (or SNRI, tried them too) I turn into an invalid, I can't work or go to school.
But Seroquel seems to be different in this aspect because I have not noticed that it precipitates my dystonia. Probably because it has very low propensity to cause EPS and in some instances it is used to treat movement disorder brought on by older generation APs.
Today I'm not feeling very depressed, though it seems that I'm finding it difficult to think clearly at the moment (like my mind is blank all the time). Is this transient with Seroquel or should I start to get used to the fact that my IQ is going to be lower with this med?




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