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.