Do not take seroquel as a sleeping pill prescription. It is an antipsychotic, and comes with very significant health risks. It causes diabetes, massive weight gain, increases heart attack risk by at least double, and causes tardive dyskenesia when used over time, which is involuntary twitching around your mouth. You can also get heatstroke in the summer. Not everyone gets all these side effects, but I think a majority of people do gain weight, and some gain massive amounts. If you do take it, weigh yourself at least a couple times a week, you should have an EKG because this drug can cause heart beat abnormalities, possibly leading to heart attack and death, and you need regular checks of your blood sugar. In other words, this is a drug that should only be used as last resort - it is really only appropriate for schizophrenia and acute bipolar episodes (and then tapered off ASAP if possible, for the bipolar patients). It is a huge profit maker right now so the cute drug reps are pushing it hard and lots of docs are making huge speakers fees promoting it.
google "sleep hygiene" and learn NATURAL, behavioral ways to help you sleep that are more effective than medication. Sleep disorder centers do not recommend medication to help people sleep.
The average age of death for people with severe mental illness is 51 in the US, compared to 78 for all Americans. The people who did the study said the medications are responsible for a very significant amount of the decline in lifespan. If you have schizophrenia or psychosis with bipolar, maybe you need to take this drug and are looking for the drowsiness as a bonus, but otherwise, pass this drug by.
PS I get my information from places like the US National Institute of Mental Health, (NIMH.gov), mental health research doctors at legitimate universities like Harvard or Stanford etc. This stuff I'm saying isn't controversial. The part for you to do is weigh the risks and benefits. i can't imagine why I was given a thumbs down for accurate information. I'm not antidrug. Celebrex killed tens of thousands because it increased heart attack risk 2x and was overprescribed when less risky drugs could have worked for many of those people who died. Antipsychotics are riskier than celebrex.
I've had bipolar for many years
· 10 years ago