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Which if my meds has the worst effect on memory and libido?

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I have been taking 150mg Seroquel and 1.5mg (down from 3mg) Clonzepam for three years. Bipolar type 2.

My libido is dead these days and my memory is getting bad too.

I want to speak to my doctor about tapering whichever one is responsible.

I guess it's the benzos for memory but not sure about libido.

To be honest it's my memory and mental clarity that is the most important, I want it to improve.
 
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okay lots of online research point to the long term benzo use.

It was given as well as seroquel as I had really bad insomnia. Changing the seroquel made no difference to sleep but the clonazepam always did.

I'll speak to the doc about tapering off. I went from 3mg to 1.5mg over the years so in an ideal world I'd manage my bp2 with just the seroquel or try at least to get down to a token amount of clonazepam such as 0.5mg a day...
 
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I haven't had an erection for about a month and my penis is sort of half shrivelled into my body and numb sometimes.

That cannot be good.

Plus benzos are depressants so probably good for stopping me go hypo but also keeping me from lifting out of the blues slightly perhaps.

Seeing the doc next week, see what she says I guess
 
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okay lots of online research point to the long term benzo use.

It was given as well as seroquel as I had really bad insomnia. Changing the seroquel made no difference to sleep but the clonazepam always did.

I'll speak to the doc about tapering off. I went from 3mg to 1.5mg over the years so in an ideal world I'd manage my bp2 with just the seroquel or try at least to get down to a token amount of clonazepam such as 0.5mg a day...
I think both
 
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- Antipsychotics can effects libido (example: blocking dopamine receptor) and (some AP's -> prolactine can raise -> effects libido again)
- Mood stabililazors can effect memory especially Lamictal. Depakote also but less.
- Benzo's effect many things.

Seroquel (=sedative AP) works on many neurotransmitters, these may increase the chance at those issues.
It mostly depends on what neurotransmitters are blocked and HOW the blocking occurs.

Clonzepam and/or Seroquel may be causing the issue with your memory.


I haven't had an erection for about a month and my penis is sort of half shrivelled into my body and numb sometimes.

That cannot be good.

Plus benzos are depressants so probably good for stopping me go hypo but also keeping me from lifting out of the blues slightly perhaps.

Seeing the doc next week, see what she says I guess
Also take a blood test for the hormon 'prolactin'. If it's too high, switch to other antipsychotic.
 
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