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Addicted to quetiapine ?

Modelaeroman

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Hi all,

I am bipolar type 2+rapid cycling and take 150mg venlafaxine and 200mg of quetiapine and recently started on aripriprozole. I have recently started finding myself longing to take my next dose of quetiapine (which I take at night to help me sleep) as Im not sure if it's because I like that feeling you get of not giving a damn as it starts to kick in or it's just that I can't wait to get to sleep and have a few hours relief from my brain going off on another wobble?. I really think I'm starting to get addicted to the quetiapine, I know for sure I can't sleep without it, I used to be able to have forty winks during the day quite easily but I'm totally unable to do that now no matter how tired I get.


Does anyone else feel they are addicted to there meds ? Or us it just me ?
 
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I know some Psychiatric medications such as Diazepam and Lorazepam are addictive. Not sure if Seroquel is.
 
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I'm not sure whether it's possible to become addicted to it but I did have that problem before I switched to abilify! I couldn't sleep without seroquel, and I was sort of using it as a sleeping pill, which my psychiatrist took objection to! My problem was that I needed more and more just to be able to sleep - I was up to 750mg before I started the switch to abilify. The funny thing is that now I sleep without it fine, so what was going on whilst I was taking it, I don't know. It felt a lot like dependance, but I don't know if that's the same thing as addiction.
 
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I feel hopelessly dependant on the drug that I was forced to take 12 years ago. :(
 
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I believe theres a difference between needing a drug and being addicted to it. I have gone off most my drugs myself however I would have never gotten through the day today without risperidone I gave in and took it and I did feel better for it. I am not addicted however my condition means that I require it. Same as a diabetic may need there insulin they arent addicted to it but would eventually die without it!!
I also normally take (seroquel) quetiapine and like you I cant sleep without it thats bipolar for you
 
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I've been taking seroquel (quetiapine) for a week now and i know how you feel, i dont think mine is addiction tho more of a routine, if i dont take it the same time everyday it sends me on a mad one.

I am Bipolar 2+Rapid Cycling so i know where your coming from. I have been suffering from this for 10years (Started when i was 16) i have been unmedicated until the last week as it took me 10years to get a diagnosis as my docotor kept saying it was depression. For quite a few years I was suffering from mainly Hypomania but as i've got older i've suffered from both mainly more downs then ups.
 
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Hi all,

I am bipolar type 2+rapid cycling and take 150mg venlafaxine and 200mg of quetiapine and recently started on aripriprozole. I have recently started finding myself longing to take my next dose of quetiapine (which I take at night to help me sleep) as Im not sure if it's because I like that feeling you get of not giving a damn as it starts to kick in or it's just that I can't wait to get to sleep and have a few hours relief from my brain going off on another wobble?. I really think I'm starting to get addicted to the quetiapine, I know for sure I can't sleep without it, I used to be able to have forty winks during the day quite easily but I'm totally unable to do that now no matter how tired I get.


Does anyone else feel they are addicted to there meds ? Or us it just me ?
I wondered myself whether I could be addicted to Seroquel also. When I discussed it with my psychiatrist he said there was a HUGE difference between NEEDING a medication and being addicted to it. BTW I take 600 mg of it at night!
neena
 
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