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experience of medication? (Quetiapine)

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Louise1520

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have you ever been on Quetiapine?

I am currently on Sertraline and I've been on Quetiapine for 1 week. I find it rather confusing as I don't know where I'm at from one day to the next. To be honest I actually feel like I am slowly drowning :/

I've had a whole range of different medication which haven't helped me. I feel like all the change in meds is cracking me up.

If you have been on these meds - how have you felt? what is your experience?

thanks for reading x
 

MarlieeB

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:welcome: to the forum.

I have no experience of Quetiapine myself but hopefully others can help.

There are a lot of members from the UK here and it's midnight so it might take a little while to get an answer. I'm just saying that so you don't get downhearted.

Marliee x
 
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Louise1520

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Hello, thanks for the welcome.

& thats totally understandable, Thank you.

I'm actually in the UK myself just don't seem to be getting anywhere with my Insomnia "/
 
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I take 600 mg extended release.

It didn't take long to help with depression & anxiety and to gain weight but it has only been over the long haul that it has eased & improved my symptoms.
I was very sluggish for a long time.
 
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Louise1520

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So I am guessing weight gain is the biggest effect of this medication "/

I'm done in - this whole year and a half has been taken over by medication changes and side effects..

I've been on them for a week and I hate them already. :(
 
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Hi,

Quetipine was really good for me. I took 400 mg daily and it helped a lot. In the first week I was just busy with the side effects. I was on bed most of the time and whenever I stood up I was passing out. Low blood pressure, high heart rate, poor memory etc. Then I was way too better in the second week and so on. I have good feelings towards that drug. It rescued me. I had been on it in my acute treatment not in maintenance.
 
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Louise1520

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so you've had a positive experience - which is good! :) thank you for your reply.

I just feel really strange in myself. I still have difficulty sleeping too but it's still early days I guess.
 
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so you've had a positive experience - which is good! :) thank you for your reply.

I just feel really strange in myself. I still have difficulty sleeping too but it's still early days I guess.
In the first days I also had difficulty in sleeping. I wasn't awake either. I was waking up a lot at night. Then my body tolerated the drug I guess and I started to have a good sleep. I hope it will work for you also :)
 
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I would never take an anti-psychotic again. Being sedated and dulled was no life for me. If i have Bipolar Disorder then i should be on a mood stabiliser like an anti-convulsant or Lithium. Lithium should be first choice for all in my opinion. Gaining lots of weight, sleeping through life. That was not life for me. I was a zombie.
 
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I would never take an anti-psychotic again. Being sedated and dulled was no life for me. If i have Bipolar Disorder then i should be on a mood stabiliser like an anti-convulsant or Lithium. Lithium should be first choice for all in my opinion. Gaining lots of weight, sleeping through life. That was not life for me. I was a zombie.
Me on the other hand, hate lithium. It made me the most stupid and dull person in the world.
I had a severe allergic reaction to lamictal that I was hospitalized with high fever, very low blood cell count etc.
Tegretol doesn't work for me, I'm having episodes while on it.
Depakote is not a choice because of its effect on polycystic ovaries.
Up to now only quetiapine and aripiprazole worked for me.
 
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Hey welcome to forum,
It's been a while since I posted. Lithium is not for me either, found it more blunting and dulling of my personality.
I have been taking quetiapine regularly for 8 months. To start with I felt exhausted, unable get up out of bed, feeling of passing out. But in time along with structure around my bed time it has helped with my sleep. I do get very vivid dreams though, so clear I really have to remind myself they were just dreams.


As for the weight loss comments, mmmm if anything I've lost weight?

Hope this helps, like any meds a week is not long.

Take care
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Cupofdreams

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I had a good and bad experience of Quetiapine, it was the first medication I was put on during my breakdown, it really calmed me down, managed to get some decent sleep and flatlined my mood (which was what i needed!) but unfortunately for me, I didn't adjust too well to it, I ended up sleeping all the time, and i don't know about other people...but I began to feel completely emotionless, uninspired and unmotivated. In my opinion it was great for a temporary fix but not a long term medication. Hope it works for you :)
 
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Louise1520

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I'm finding it really strange on them at the moment. My heads all over. This morning I sat and cried because I didn't have the energy to get dressed :( ....I also think I'm getting very paranoid! People staring at me and talking about me. Ahhh I'm done in.
 
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