Hi, Cynthia! You are the first person I have seen here other than myself who takes seroquel. I take it in conjunction with klonopin, tramadol, zoloft, and vistiril. I suspect that your seroquel has been added to other meds you take? This is not ordinarily the first drug a doctor will try for psychotic problems. I, too have bad memory, and I know it is from these drugs, after having been on them plenty long enough. I have developed a habit of writing EVERYTHING down, no matter how insignificant, so I never have to worry about not remembering something. Personally, I would rather write stuff down than not take the meds and be miserable every day. NOTE: NEVER DISCONTINUE ANY DRUG WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR'S SUPERVISION!! Doing so can cause major withdrawals and horrible side effects. I have a link that tells you all about seroquel. I do not reccomend you read it, as it will only scare you off it. I did not even look closely at the page. But I will leave it up to you. Blessings - Blu
Atypical antipsychotics can have a lot of side effects. If you think your memory problems are from the seroquel, talk to your doctor about changing your meds around. If they're for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, you'll need to stay on some sort of antipsychotic, but different ones have different side effect profiles for different people. If it's for bipolar or as an add on for depression, you can switch drug classes entirely, which might work better for you. Keep in mind that if you have depression as part of the disorder being treated, the depression itself can wreak havoc with your mental abilities and memory if it's not being controlled properly, which sometimes calls for an increase in meds rather than a decrease. Do not discontinue or change meds without your doctor's approval.
@Blu--remember the no-links in forums rule (it's an easy one to forget, and I don't want you to get in trouble over it).
For both of you, the crazymeds forums have lots of people on seroquel and probably every med ever used for "brain cooties", as they like to call them over there.
I take seroquel specifically and only for sleep. However, I haven't been able to find another sleep aid that works better than seroquel. This is my dilemma.
Are you taking anything else? Seroquel at such a low dose probably shouldn't be causing those side effects. Have you tried trazodone or ambien or rozerem?
I have multiple sclerosis, depression, and a sleep problem. My ms meds[baclofen/tizanidine] and 300mg of seroquel gave me a memory loss big-time!!!. The ER cut all my meds in half[dc'd the tizan]. I never want to go that high again. I couldn't remember my grandchildren!!! I did get withdrawals from it.[Was jumpy/agitated/anxious]for several days. I'm on 150mg now. My dreams at night are vivid, and it's like being in a reality show!
Has your memory returned to normal?
I HAD MEMOREY LOSS AND SEVERE WEIGHT GAIN. I did not get my memory back that was loss but as soon as i stopped taking it i had no memory loss and loss all the weight i had gained by taking Seruquel and then some. I advise anyone do not take this medication it is really bad for you.I am not a doctor it is my personal oppion. I know because i know what it took from my life alot and i cannot get that back.