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Seroquel XR

This is the latest in a series of anti-depressants (anti-psychotics, in this case Click here to enlarge) that my doctor has prescribed for me. She just diagnosed me with Bi-Polar Disorder Type II.

The first was Zoloft, which worked just beautifully for months, then just stopped. Click here to enlarge

Next was Cymbalta, which caused that dreaded sexual side effect (which wouldn't matter if I weren't alone Click here to enlarge) and did nothing else except make me drowsy/sluggish.

So now we try Seroquel XR. I'm on day 3, and it's making me feel like a zombie. It does seem to be suppressing my appetite, so I guess that's a bonus. But today I was supposed to work overtime (voluntary, not mandatory, so I'm not in trouble, but I can't work OT again for a month). I couldn't drag myself to work. I (SLOWLY Click here to enlarge) drove the boys to school, then came home and crawled back into bed, where I slept again from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

I feel like I'm stoned and I don't like it. Why is my doctor prescribing "downers" to a known depressive/BPD? Sure, my thoughts have stopped racing somewhat, but then ALL my thoughts have slowed and I hate it.

I've asked specifically for Wellbutrin because so many of you here swear by it. She is reluctant to give it to me for some reason and I can't for the life of me figure out why.

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Antidepressants in the true sense are supposed to be a no no with Bi-Polar IIRC.

I could totally be off though.

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Click here to enlarge I feel like she won't listen to me.
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Get on the phone with your insurance and chose another one if she actually won't listen. Maybe it's just your perception because you aren't getting what you want/think you need. Give her a chance to do her job but if she is shutting you down consistently it is time to find a new therapist.
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Also, have you looked at NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) for local meetings? They often do group support meetings for people struggling with mental illness. You can learn about your diagnosis and talk to other people who struggle. I always find great comfort talking to others who share diagnosis with myself whether is be support meetings for WLS or my 12 step meetings. Click here to enlarge
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When do you take the Seroquel, Tuna? My sister takes hers at bedtime and she does so much better. I believe hers is the XR, too. It really helps and is a godsend for her. (She is Bipolar I, btw.)

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My dr. advised me to take it at bedtime, too. Click here to enlarge It is helping a lot.
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Seroquel XR

I have a nephew who has bipolar and he takes it at bedtime. It is part of a cocktail that works really well for him.

Iirc it took some tweaking and some getting used to.

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I'm om 800 mgs of of it at night along with about 6 or so other meds.

I was at 900 but that dose was toxic to me. It's helped me a huge amount. Well, the cocktail it's part of helped but the Seroquel played a big part in it. Oh and I'm also Bipolar 2, rapid cycling.

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I'm Bipolar I. I've taken Seroquel in the past and it was horrible for me. Sleeping 18 hours at a time, that sort of thing.

Right now, I'm only on lamotrigine. It's doing a good job of holding me stable. Late last winter, I had to tack on zydis for a while and then switched to Epival when I couldn't afford the zydis any longer. I had to discontinue the Epival, though, because I was too sedated and couldn't function. Thankfully, I seem to have gotten over the blip (I think it was caused by insomnia) and have gone back to lamotrigine only.
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Sorry, lamotrigine = lamictal.
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If you have BPII, Wellbutrin can make you go into a manic state so that may be why.
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