Health QuestionsCategory: TreatmentsHow long on Seroquel?
sallie asked 3 years ago

I was put on Seroquel to break a manic episode in January, the dose was brought down, the mania rose back up, the dose was brought back up again in April and now it’s May and I’m still on 200-300 mg.  Yes, I’m sleepy and yes, I’m having some weight gain and blood sugar and cholesterol issues with this drug evidenced in blood work.  How long is it normal to stay on this sucker?  Is it considered a good maintenance drug for manic breakthroughs?  I’m scared of the mania, but I’m clearly not happy with these other problems.  
 
I should add that I’m a chronic insomniac and the help sleeping has been pretty nice…  
 
Sallie

3 Answers
StrungOutOnLife answered 3 years ago

Re: How long on Seroquel?
Quote from sallie on 23. May 2006 at 22:33:

I was put on Seroquel to break a manic episode in January, the dose was brought down, the mania rose back up, the dose was brought back up again in April and now it’s May and I’m still on 200-300 mg. Yes, I’m sleepy and yes, I’m having some weight gain and blood sugar and cholesterol issues with this drug evidenced in blood work. How long is it normal to stay on this sucker? Is it considered a good maintenance drug for manic breakthroughs? I’m scared of the mania, but I’m clearly not happy with these other problems.

I should add that I’m a chronic insomniac and the help sleeping has been pretty nice…

Sallie

If blood sugar really is an issue (I assume you’ve been tested for that and are not just guessing based on increased carbohydrate consumption), then you might want to consider metformin. Look what it did for these Depakote and/or Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel users!

sallie answered 3 years ago

Re: How long on Seroquel?
oh, hey, good news, actually…i just got a call from my regular doc on my most recent blood work and my blood sugar and cholesterol are both down…I went on a statin, helped the cholesterol (I’ve got family cholesterol probs anyway) and the blood sugar was fine…
 
nevertheless, i’m interested to hear how long others stayed on seroquel after using it to knock out a manic episode…I know people are frowning on it for maintenance.  Is that just because of the sleepies?
 
thanks for any help/advice/thoughts
 
sallie

ragemaxis answered 3 years ago

Re: How long on Seroquel?
i went on it for a short term treatment of a  psychotic episode in january 2003 and im still on it = ) albiet down from a offlabel high dose back then.
 
im now on risp + seroquel together and hopefully i’ll be on prn only seroquel soon.  side effects of risp are worse in some ways but it manages my mania alot better.
 
although i do miss my mania sometimes.