Seroquel- Insomnia & Alcohol Desire
[Home] [Bipolar News] [Bipolar Disorder] [Medications] [Treatments] [Bipolar Disorder/Job/School] [Disabilities] [Ask the Doctor] [Ask David] [Self-Injury] [Personal Stories] [Graham's Column] [Steven's Column] [Storm's Column] [Columnist Archives] [Suicide] [Community Support] [Family Members] [Expressions] [Greeting Cards] [Books] [Awards] [Links & Rings] [About Us] [Contact Us]

 


Q:  Seroquel- Insomnia & Alcohol Desire


I have been diagnosed with Bipolar II, PTSD and Borderline Personality. I take Trilepta with excellent results (far better than Depakote ever was) and Buspar. I was recently given Seroquel 25mg for sleep. I am guaranteed sleep any night I take it with no tiredness the next day and NO other side effects at all. It's been amazing. No other medication worked so well on my insomnia! Will this effect wear off? How long can I expect it to act as a sleeping pill? I don't want to get "used" to it. Seroquel has also completely eliminated my desire for alcohol which was only a small problem before but now its completely gone! How can that happen with an antipsychotic? I am very pleased.

Dear Kaitlen - 

Wow, cool!  Great to hear a result like this.  I've not seen this happen so can't tell you what will happen, except that generally antipsychotics do not seem to "wear off" in their benefits, so I'd be fairly hopeful this will stick.  Maybe even think about tapering the Buspar very slowly later, although I couldn't say for sure it isn't somehow potentiating Seroquel to get this result.  Great.  Try this essay about BPII "versus" Borderline, for your interest (now that you might not need it!).  

Dr.Phelps

 

Published November, 2001
 
 

Bipolar World   1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Owners: 
Allie Bloom, David Schafer, M.Ed. (Blackdog)
Partners:  John Haeckel, Judith (Duff) 
Founder:  Colleen Sullivan
 

Email Us at Bipolar World

 

About Us  Add a Link  Advance Directives  Alternative Treatments  Ask the Doctor   Ask Dr. Plyler about Bipolar Disorder   Ask The Doctor/ Topic Archives  Awards  Benny the Bipolar Puppy  Bipolar Chat  Bipolar Children  Bipolar Disorder News  Bipolar Help Contract  Bipolar World Forums  Book Reviews  Bookstore  BP & Other mental Illness   Clinical Research Trials & FDA Drug Approval   Community Support   Contact Us  The Continuum of Mania and Depression   Coping   Criteria    Criteria and Diagnosis  Criteria-World Health Disabilities,  DSMV-IV   Dual Diagnosis  eGroups  Expressions (Poetry, Inspiration, Humor, Art Gallery, Memorials  Family Members   Getting Help for a Loved One who Refuses Treatment  Greeting Cards  History of Mental Illness  Indigo  Job and School  Links  Manage Your Medications  Medications   Medication and Weight Gain    News of the Day  Parent Chat  Pay for Meds  Personal Stories  Self Help  Self Injury  Significant Others  Stigma and Mental Health Law  Storm's Column  Suicide!!!  The Suicide Wall  Table of Contents   Treatments  Treatment Compliance  US Disability  Veteran's Chat  What's New?