Depression Community
10.5k Members
Avatar universal


My brother takes Seroquel in the PM and says it knocks him out. One of my problems is sleep. Can Seroquel be used on an , as needed, basis.
7 Responses
585414 tn?1288944902
If Seroquel is being prescribed as a sleep aid yes, within a psychiatrist's discretion. If its being used as a mood stabilizer then it would have to be taken every day though the timing could vary. If someone can't tolerate it at all as regards any sedation then other available options could be discussed with a psychiatrist.
Avatar universal
I actually got my primary physician to prescribe it to me for sleeping & my directions were as needed. I've ALWAYS had sleep problems. I could wake up at 7 am & not go to sleep that night til 4 am. & still wake up the same time again. Granted if I do that a couple days in a row it would catch up with me. The big thing about taking it specifically for sleeping is that it's usually a very low dose cuz it can knock you out & usually you have to have a fair amount of sleeping time to commit to. Like if I had to wake up 7 I wouldn't take it n e later than 10 so I wouldn't be sleepy in the am.
Avatar universal
Seroquel is messed up and makes you out of it.  I took it at night and knocks you out.  It also may me very mean the next day.  Be careful with that one.  I take Zoloft with Buspirone for my bi polar and panic disorder and that works well.  
Avatar universal
Thanks to all you guys for your comments
Avatar universal
I have found that low dose, half of the smallest tablet gave me a great sleep.  People think it is wrong to say this because it is a powerful anti psychotic,  But the long term side effects such as diabetes are usually after a much higher dose.  Also all the other sleep medications are completely awful, also has anyone ever tried not having sleep for a few weeks, how can that be better ?

I took it for sleep it was briliant I think 12.5 mg.

However if you have depression a good anti depressant will improve your sleep and is probably a better option, ask a doctor.  I settled for this in the end.  

The first six weeks on the seroquel as sleep aid, i was in a fantastic mood, it has this effect, but after that I went down a bit.  So I realized that I had depression, i had thought my bad feelings were caused by the lack of sleep, but it was the depression causing the lack of sleep

best of luck

Any thing is better than lying there awake hey !  Then you see the morning coming and you are exhausted.
585414 tn?1288944902
If its taken as a sleep aid and they find it too sedating Rozerem is one option that works like melatonin to adjust the sleep cycle and is safe and non addictive and from what I am aware of and remember of it will wear off by the next day but each person responds differently to each medication.
Have an Answer?
Top Mood Disorders Answerers
Avatar universal
Arlington, VA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
15 signs that it’s more than just the blues
Discover the common symptoms of and treatment options for depression.
We've got five strategies to foster happiness in your everyday life.
Don’t let the winter chill send your smile into deep hibernation. Try these 10 mood-boosting tips to get your happy back
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.