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spicysugar

446d

just started taking Quetiapine for sleep. just curious what a normal dose was, cause I've taken it in the past at 15 and now they put me on 50 cause I've made my rounds with all the sleep meds and several testing meds (can't remember what it's called, but like where they're still looking at side effects and stuff. was open to be prescribed just a few months ago is what I was told). but I never slept on 15mg, and now im sleeping for twelve hours. honestly I've been sleep deprived for so long I'm not mad at all about sleeping 12 hours, but we're they just not giving me a full dose, or what happened? any explanation is cool ^_^

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    • katitomato

      435d

      @consciousitalics it was pretty quick for me, my appetite increased immediately

    • jak66

      435d

      I'm on 50 in the morning and 100 at night.i still don't sleep well.i have gained alot of weight and feel quite miserable

      • consciousitalics

        435d

        @jak66 This is my worry. I'm on 25mg at night and have been for 3 months. So far no weight gain but I'm extremely conscious of it and exercise a lot.

    • katitomato

      438d

      25-75mg is standard for sleep at least from everyone I’ve known who’s on it. Not sure how you were taking 15mg I was told 25mg is the smallest dose. But much higher doses are used for severe medically psychotic conditions/symptoms, I’ve heard around 250-ish mg for that. I personally take 50mg and it helps with both mood regulation and sleep for me, I don’t want to take any more of a dose because I already had to start weight loss meds due to the side effects. But yeah, the first year or so at that dose I slept like 12-14 hours a day and then I got my adhd meds figured out and adjusted to the seroquel dose I’m on and now I sleep roughly 8 hours a night. It’s normal to sleep a little while longer than usual when you start seroquel, enjoy the sleep! 😴

      • consciousitalics

        437d

        @katitomato can I ask how long until you noticed the weight gain?

        • katitomato

          435d

          @consciousitalics it was pretty quick for me, my appetite increased immediately

    • consciousitalics

      443d

      3 months, sorry

      • verasama

        442d

        @consciousitalics You might need to talk to her doctor about going up on the dosage then. I've been assured that even my current dosage of 200 mg isn't really all that much. At least, that's what my prescribing psychiatrist keeps telling me.

    • consciousitalics

      443d

      That's so weird. I must be the only person it doesn't make sleep! I take 25mg, it's been 4 months, and I'm now unable to sleep more than 5 hours on it :(

    • Lanny

      443d

      Seroquel was the worst thing that ever happened to me. I was prescribed 500mg for bipolar disorder when I was 16 but it made me sleep for 15-17 hours a day and because of that it made me have no choice but to drop out of high school. I got my GED and that was great but I would’ve completed high school if it wasn’t for the Seroquel. I’ve even had friends who’ve been prescribed lower doses like 15mg and they still decided to cut the pill in half because it made them sleep all day and even cutting it in half didn’t help much. All I know is that the only thing Seroquel does is make you sleep way too much and it sucks

      • verasama

        442d

        @Lanny I'm sorry that you had such a negative experience with it. I know for my chronic insomnia it's been an absolute lifesaver, and it did initially make me sleep like that, but I learned to adjust what I took it so that I could still get up and function in the morning. And at least for me, when I did get adjusted to it, I was sleeping more normal hours, like 8 to 9 a night. I guess it really does prove that everyone is different, and no two people will react exactly the same to a medication.

    • MissFaren

      444d

      I have a similar problem myself. The doc had me try everything and nothing works, but I have not heard of that one.

    • verasama

      446d

      Quetapine for the win, man. I took Ambien when I was much younger, but I had nightmarish hallucinations (bats flying around the room, people's faces melting, stuff like that) So I quit taking that and started doing over the counter stuff. OTC stuff would work for a while, but eventually I would have to either start taking more than you're technically supposed to, or I would have to go off of it for about a month and do a hard reset for it to start working again. About 2 1/2 to 3 years ago, I had my first appointment with my prescribing psychiatrist, and I wasn't even intending to get something for sleep, but she asked why I was losing my train of thought, and I just apologized and said I hadn't slept well, so she asked how often that happened and I told her. She started me out on 25 mg of quetapine, and not long after that I went up to 50. It's been the thing that has worked the best for me for the longest amount of time. I'm taking 200 nightly now, and I'm finally getting to where I'm having trouble sleeping again, so that dosage will probably go up again with my next appointment next month. I've got to say I've absolutely loved taking it, because other than when I'm adjusting to a new dosage, and I feel a bit groggy in the morning, I haven't noticed any real, lasting side effects from it. It really has been a lifesaver.

      • spicysugar

        442d

        @verasama I totally feel this!! My PCP kept trying to put me on Trazodone even though it gives me night terrors and sleep paralysis problems. I've had another med (Ativan/ Lorazepam) work for me, but it recently stopped working which I found out is normal for sleep meds, so people with chronic insomnia usually find 2-3 meds that work for them and then go between those to help them stay caught up on sleep, while not having to do the factory reset. It's what I plan on doing. I would actually recommend trying to find another sleep med that works to go between : )

        • verasama

          442d

          @spicysugar I might look into that. Really, the only other prescription I've ever taken for sleep has been the ambient, and I would rather have insomnia than go back on it. As I said, I had nightmarish hallucinations while awake, after taking it, And it was Darn near traumatizing at the time. Lol

    • Teri225

      446d

      Hey I started on 25 and now take 150-200mg depending on mood and the day.

    • Rustyrobot

      446d

      I started on 25mg and then went up to 50mg, I know someone who's on 250mg, 50mg is a pretty standard dose, but if you feel like it's making you sleep too much you can always go down a little bit for a while till you adjust

      • spicysugar

        446d

        @Rustyrobot ok good. Yeah, my psychiatrist said I could always cut it in half but I don't have a pill cutter thing : ( But im going to get one soon. She also suggested that I might have to take up to 200mg but idk since 50 is making me sleep like this lol But thank you, I'm glad it's an average dose! I'm used to being on the higher dose area so it's cool to be on an average one!!

    • consciousitalics

      446d

      I've been on it for just over 2 months, 25mg for sleep. It's starting to not work so well and I don't want to up the dose because of the side effects. I'm already eating like crazy on it.

      • spicysugar

        446d

        @consciousitalics yeah, I'm really concerned about it cause of my ED, but I have GOT to sleep. Also to my knowledge, most sleep meds are just for short periods of time and it's normal to build up a tolerance to them. I'd try to find another sleep med that works aswell and switch between the two if you can. I'm sorry dude, I've had the same thing happen to me for years 💞

    • Sav7242

      446d

      Smile, sleep, Seroquel babe 🥰✨

      • spicysugar

        446d

        @Sav7242 right lol im sleeping SO heavily and for SO long, but I've spent about a decade now not sleeping barely ever so I'm not mad about it lol

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