Seroquel, Sleepiness, and Psychiatrists

I’m taking Seroquel at the moment, and all the information says it will make you sleepy. That’s ok. What they don’t tell you is just how sleepy it makes you.

This the first time I took Seroquel, I took 100 mg at 11:00 pm one night, and then slept through the following day and night to get up at about 7:oo am, about 32 hours later.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I got up for 2 minutes at around 6:30 am the first morning to let the dogs out and then collapsed on the living room floor where my housekeeper found me three hours later. The front door was wide open for the entire period.  She roused roused me enough to get onto the living room couch where I then spent the next 22 or so hours.

During that period I did not go to work, visit my parents, brush my teeth, or answer any phone calls. I just slept. The dogs did not get fed that day either, poor critters.

What annoys me most about this is that the psychiatrist could have been way more forthcoming about what would happen.  Just telling me that I would be sleepy and to avoid driving doesn’t even come close to saying I would sleep for 32 hours.

My reaction might have been a bit extreme side, but I’m sure many people taking Seroquel had bouts of intense sleepiness which completely disrupted their following day.

Psychiatrists should be more more explicit about what the drugs they are prescribing will do and offer suggestions on how to prepare for the side effects.  Leaving us in the dark to find out the side effects ourselves can be scary at best and can be thoroughly disruptive to our day. And I really don’t appreciate that my dogs weren’t  fed simply because a psych was careless about talking to me and preparing  me for meds he prescribed.

7 thoughts on “Seroquel, Sleepiness, and Psychiatrists”

  1. Same thing happened to me on seroquel. It only made me sleep for 12 hours, but the morning hangover was still horrific. My doctor warned me that it can make you incredibly drowsy, but he didn’t mention that about an hour after taking it that I wouldn’t be able to walk from the fatigue. Even now on risperidal with a tolerance built up for sleepiness, I still get the tired legs where my body feels like lead and I can’t move from tiredness. The plus side is that I’ve never slept so well in my life.

  2. Yes, that stuff is bad for drowsyness.I slept about 24 hrs straight the first time, a little less each time. But I have a really high tolerance for that stuff.most of the time it revs me up insyead of putting me down, so it def. Caught me off guard.

  3. Eli Lilly Zyprexa,Risperdal and Seroquel same saga

    The use of powerful antipsychotic drugs has increased in children as young as three years old. Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
    The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds. You’d be hard pressed to gain that kind of weight sport-eating your way through the holidays.
    One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa. This is Lilly’s # 1 product over $ 4 billion year sales,moreover Lilly also make billions on drugs that treat the diabetes often that has been caused by the zyprexa!

    Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it.

  4. So I just started this drug. The first night I woke up three times, but I was able to go back to sleep. I ended up getting up around 11am – I think I fell asleep around 1am. I had the worst sore throat – I wasn’t sure if I was sick or slept with my mouth open – but the Seroquel hangover I think was hitting me. Day 2 – sore throat less mild, hauled myself up to run some errands – being awake AND having to do stuff was completely annoying. Day 3 – omg – I’m so tired. I’m awake on WILL POWER. The up side? The sitcom that was going on in my head is gone.The only thoughts in there are mine. It’s almost like sitting in a plain chair in a dark room with no audience, the only light is on me. Peace. Is this was this drug is supposed to do? I might be willing to trade off energy for insanity. My mania was in full swing and this Seroquel was prescribed when after two weeks on a large dose of Depakote I was still swinging from the chandeliers, eaking by on three hours of sleep, and claiming fun superpowers. What’s the problem, I was SO funny. Ha, not. Anyway, I’m feeling so much less CRAY CRAY and trying to re-adjust and develop a healthy normal schedule.

  5. I have ultra-ultra rapid cycling bipolar. In the week prior to starting Seroquel, I got about 10hrs sleep for the whole week. I started with a dose of 50mg on advice of my psychiatrist due to varying health reasons. I’ve been increasing the dose by 25mg a night to see the influence on my sleep patterns. I normally take the drug at about 11pm. For doses ranging 50mg – 150mg, I’ve been getting about 3hours sleep each night, waking up and not being able to get back to sleep. I’m now on a dose of 200mg, which has given me about 5hours sleep. I tend to find if I’m in a depressive state before I take Seroquel it has a much more potent sedative effect than if I was in a manic state. I find that Seroquel is much more effective than Zopiclone.

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