Desperate to be free from dependence on Seroquel for sleep

Posted by daddyb60 @daddyb60, May 21 3:20pm

I suffer from Bipolar 1. Back in 2018 I lost the ability to go to sleep naturally. I was hospitalized twice after being awake for seven days and falling into psychosis as a result. It took 600mg of Seroquel to get me to sleep (which is an off-label use of this antipsychotic.) I have been taking 150-300mg every night since. I am desperate to break this dependence but when I don't take my nightly dose, I don't sleep. The Seroquel has caused me to gain a lot fo weight and I think it actually prevents me from getting into deep sleep. I have tried many of the prescription sleep meds with no success. Can anyone help me find a way to break free? And please don't suggest "Have you tried taking a shower before bed?" Thanks!

I am no expert, but some of my colleagues prescribe trazadone for sleep. Have you tried that? I'm an OT, so my suggestions would be simple things like sleep inducing meditations, but I'm thinking that's not what you're looking for…

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@emilyann132

I am no expert, but some of my colleagues prescribe trazadone for sleep. Have you tried that? I'm an OT, so my suggestions would be simple things like sleep inducing meditations, but I'm thinking that's not what you're looking for…

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Thanks. Trazadone did nothing.

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@daddyb60
Seroquel as you know isn't recommended for sleep by researchers or the manufacturer.
You were on a hefty dose too. My friend took it and developed Seroquel Induced Diabetes.
I have sleep issues too but don't take any sleep aids. The longest I've been awake is a little over 4 days.
What's the medication plan for your Bipolar after you stop Seroquel? Hopefully that will improve your sleep.
Do you practice all the healthy sleep habits?
Was it in 2018 when you developed bipolar?
Take care,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@daddyb60
Seroquel as you know isn't recommended for sleep by researchers or the manufacturer.
You were on a hefty dose too. My friend took it and developed Seroquel Induced Diabetes.
I have sleep issues too but don't take any sleep aids. The longest I've been awake is a little over 4 days.
What's the medication plan for your Bipolar after you stop Seroquel? Hopefully that will improve your sleep.
Do you practice all the healthy sleep habits?
Was it in 2018 when you developed bipolar?
Take care,
Jake

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Thanks for your thoughts but not helpful.

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