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Well, you see , sleep disturbance is quite often seen after opiate withdrawl , and the same is happening with you . However , i am not conviced with the prescription that you have been given by your doctor for aiding sleep ,as both the medications such as Seroquel ( quetiapine ) and Clonidine , are used primarily for other purposes , and sleep aiding is just an additive effect of these , but they are not known for sleep aiding medications , although in clinical practice some doctors use them .
Seroquel ( quetiapine ) is an atypical antipsychotic whose main use is in the treatment of psychiatry conditions such as Bipolar disorder and Schizophrenia , and take note that drowsiness ( aiding sleep ) is actually its side effect which is used by some doctors treating insomnia , as it is in your case , however , they forget that there are some serious side effects associated with an anti psychotic like seroquel such as --
weight gain ,
hyperglycemia ( increased blood sugar , predisposing to diabetes )
ECG changes ,
Extrapyramidal side effects ,etc
I am mentioning below a link which will throw more light on the side effcts of the Seroquel , kindly go through it .
http://www.rxlist.com/seroquel-drug.htm ( see side effects )
And now, as far as Clonidine is concerned , it is mainly used as an Anti hypertensive , that is to treat increased BP , and so , but natrurally for people who have normal Blood pressure , this drug can put them to the risk of HyPOTENSION ( decreased blood pressure) , which at times can lead to black outs and collapse .
I am mentioning below a link which will throw more light on side effect of clonidine .
http://www.rxlist.com/catapres-drug.htm ( see side effects)
So, now i will suggest that you may ask your doctor to stop these medications , as they are not the first line drugs for the treatment of insomnia , and i will recommend you that you ask your doctor to start you on Ambien CR ( Zolpidem controlled release ) tablet , which is the drug of choice for inducing sleep , in cases of insomnia , and is worldwide used for the same , making it the most currently popular and very effective sleep aid medicine . It i available in 6.25 and 12.5 mg ablets , preferably start on 6.25 mg tab , to be taken at night only , and incraese the dose to 12.5 mg , night only dose ,after 1 week . You may discuss the dose and time of intake of ambien cr with your doctor and just keep in mind that you shall opt for ambien CR , and not ambien ( plain ) , as ambien CR is a long acting drug in comparison , and will see you through the night without effecting your sleep.
I am mentioning below a link which will throw more light on ambien CR .
So, i suggest that you discuss this with your doctor and switch over to ambien CR , from your current medications and i am quite sure that you will benefit from it .
I wish you best of health.
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