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I take seroquel (200-400 mg) at night for both insomnia and

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I take seroquel (200-400 mg) at night for both insomnia and depression. Along with this I take Keppra (500mg) to address seizures; cymbalta and occasionally pain pill for 24/7 chronic headachs. Occasionally I have to take a Ropinrole for restless legs.

All of my physicians have medicine lists that I provide them at every visit yet I am hearing controversy specifically about seroquel (prescribed by both psychiatrist and neuorologist)
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 6 years ago.

I'm sorry, but it is not clear - what is your question?


Customer: replied 6 years ago.

I also sent question re: daytime meds. I am hearing that my meds may not be correct and I hear that Seroquel (although very effective for me) can effect liver.


Seems to be controversy over my meds. Please review the second question pending that also outlines my prior and current conditions.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Perhaps this is not going to be answered. I have been referred to three different doctors pending answer as well as sent for all experts reviewong
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 6 years ago.

Any medicine has possible side effects, so should never be used unless there is benefit that outweighs the risk for side effects. It is true that Seroquel can affect the liver, but that only occurs in a small percentage of patients. None of your other conditions or medicines are a contraindication to using this medicine. If the medicine is working for you, then you should continue taking it, but your doctor will want to monitor for potential side effects for as long as you need to be taking it.


Expert:  Dr.Brown replied 6 years ago.

Seroquel is not necessarily used for sleep. Its mainly used for bipolar disorder , schizophrenia, and an adjunct medication for major depressive disorder if really needed. There are other things that can be given for sleep (only to be used temporarily ) if that is the main issue. Also keppra, one of the medications you are taking, has a possible side effect of depression as some of the other antiepileptics. Seroquel is notorious for weight gain among many other side effects.


Please see the following for a complete drug information for seroquel.



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Edited by Dr.Brown on 9/8/2010 at 5:52 AM EST