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    my brother is takin seroquel and it is not prescribed i dont know what to do. I need help!!!!! what should i do!!!!???

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    First, how much is he taking? He may just be taking it to help him sleep. In low doses it can be used just as a sleep aid.

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    my brother doesnt take them to get sleep. he is poppin pills like skittles and he has none of the conditions. it is an anti depressant!!! my brother is 15 and weighs 120 at the most. he has a problem and i know i need to get him help but how?? i dont know how to get him to understand that he needs to stop!!! what are the side effects if you overdose or abuse seroquel???

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    Ok first off, I highly, HIGHLY doubt what he keeps popping is seroquel. Seroquel is not an anti-depressant, it's an anti-psychotic used on people with Bi-polar disorder and Schizophrenia. It's also commonly used as a sleep aid. One of the side effects of it is weight GAIN, not weight loss. It makes you crave carbohydrates. I've never, EVER heard of anyone 'popping' seroquel to get high. If he was, he'd be sleeping all night and all day. If he told you that's what he keeps popping, chances are he's lieing to you. I advise that you go to your parents, as this is a serious issue and he needs help.
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    Hutch,

    Don't dissuade her, Chic knows what she's talking about. You will be surprised to learn that Seroquel is now a street drug, just like Xanax and all the other pills that 'mom' used to take.

    My adult daughter is bi-polar and was prescribed Seroquel. Moved from her area up North to a town down south in the Carolinas. She went to a mental health clinic and registered for therapy and asked for a prescription for Seroquel. She had been on this drug in NY and NJ, was in a clinic when they prescribed it and she STILL had to see a psychiatrist, a clinician and a counselor down here before they would even consider giving her a script for it.

    She was so annoyed and they told her that they have a big problem here as patients will come in who are 'drug seekers'. My daughter said to them, "Drug seekers? For Seroquel?' and they assured her that yes, it is indeed Seroquel they are seeking.

    So you were right Hutch in telling Chic to inform her parents. This is a major problem for her brother.

    Chic, you are doing your brother no favors in not telling your parents or someone what he's doing. Seroquel is a really heavy duty drug and has to be taken, even when prescribed by a physician, very carefully. You wrote to this board and asked for advice so, please, take it. If you want him to see his next birthday and you don't want to grow up feeling responsible for his death then do it NOW!

    Will he be mad at you? Who cares? He'll be here to be mad, and then he'll get glad again. You can't say you didn't know so you are now responsible if you say nothing. Yes, I am being harsh. You need to do it now! LMH
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    Seroquil is a bad drug especially in high doses. It caused me memory loss, drowsiness and I believe was responsible for suicidal thoughts and feelings. I almost died. Since that time I have checked up on the side effects and the side effects I experienced are not uncommon. Also it is used as a street drug. I have been offered $5 for each 200 mg pill. One more thing that is really important... if you take a narcotic perscription such as oxycontin, klonopin or xanax it can cause blackouts. I wound up in the emergency room three times in one day. I don't remember any of the visits. The third time they threw me on a psych ward for seven days and took me off Seroquil. I was taking Seroquil for bipolar disorder 200mg three times a day. I was on Seroquil for 8 months and gained 50lbs and I do one hour of aroebics daily.
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    Hi Officially: Thanks for the interesting info. Could I ask what they put you on in place of the Seroquil??? My wife was put on Seroquil last year when she was having energy problems. She only took it for a couple months before they put her on Wellbutrin and then finally Paxil. She's doing fine now and is still taking the Paxil daily....Dave

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    well thank you all very much for your advice evry single one of you!! i did tell my parents, and my brother was popping a couple other pills too all prescription drugs he was abusing!! i know i had to tell, i couldnt even loook at my brother and yeah hes mad but atleast now i got him help and dont have to worry about him dying!! thank you so much!!

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    Good luck and you did the right thing. Hopefully your brother will respond to the treatment and he'll get better....Keep in touch when you can.....Dave

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    My 19 yr. old son was recently prescribed Seroquel. It's a painful and long story. I just want to say I know he's been selling them.

    Yesterday, I overheard his cell call. Apparently, he has others selling them for him. I now type this, numb, knowing I have some serious heart-breaking decisions to make. My mentally ill (of age) son's desperately jumping into the lure of fast money for what he perceives an answer for independence.

    It's becoming extremely popular on the streets.

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    I am on seroquel along with xanax. Xanax is highly addictive and the withdrawls are terrible. I was put on seroquel because I couldn't sleep. Seroquel is not an addictive drug, but if he takes them he should have a prescription. I am a recovering opiate addict. I was on pain pills for eight years and could not get out of bed without them, so my Dr. knows I cannot take anything addictive. The xanax I am still taking is because when I start coming down I have seizures, so they are tapering me very slowly. I am not a Dr. but I know that seroquel is safe as long as you take it as prescribed. I don't know if you can overdose on them. I am sure you can overdose on anything if you take enough of it. But if he takes 1 or 2 a day, he's probably safe. Get him to see a Dr. and ask to be put on seroquel if he thinks he needs it for sleep or anxiety. Usually it's not hard to get a prescription since it's not a controlled substance. But, like I said, anything can be harmful if taken too much of. Hope you find help for him and hope he doesn't get on anything stronger that he may become addicted to. Hope I helped some. But, I will say again, I am not a Dr. This is just from MY experience. Good Luck. You will be in my prayers.

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    yes seriquel for some reason is popular its retarded but kid take it and fight going to sleep and it makes them a drunk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch1ns View Post
    Ok first off, I highly, HIGHLY doubt what he keeps popping is seroquel. Seroquel is not an anti-depressant, it's an anti-psychotic used on people with Bi-polar disorder and Schizophrenia. It's also commonly used as a sleep aid. One of the side effects of it is weight GAIN, not weight loss. It makes you crave carbohydrates. I've never, EVER heard of anyone 'popping' seroquel to get high. If he was, he'd be sleeping all night and all day. If he told you that's what he keeps popping, chances are he's lieing to you. I advise that you go to your parents, as this is a serious issue and he needs help.
    actually, you are wrong. Seroquel IS often prescribed as an antidepressant.
    see off-label uses here:

    Quetiapine received its initial indication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of schizophrenia in 1997.[3] In 2004, it received its second indication for the treatment of mania-associated bipolar disorder.[4] It is sometimes used off-label, often as an augmentation agent, to treat such conditions as obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, restless legs syndrome, autism, alcoholism, depression,[5] Tourette syndrome,[6] and has been used by physicians as a sedative for those with sleep disorders or anxiety disorders.[7]

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    My friends have used seroquel as a street drug thinking it gets them high which it really doesnt, just overly tired... if taken enough its going to have VERY bad side effects i would confront him and if he denys help or if he declines help possibly set up an intervention. (with a specialist leading the intervention) i think this would be your best bet. (since you say hes poping them like skittles im going to assume hes also taking other drugs and the more you mix drugs the stronger the other drugs your taking can react in your body -especually narcotics-)

    antipsychotics regulate how much of each neurotransmitter is being released/absorbed, thats why it works for the mania and depression of bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia and depression and anxiety and others....

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    Quote Originally Posted by olayak View Post
    actually, you are wrong. Seroquel IS often prescribed as an antidepressant.
    see off-label uses here:

    Quetiapine received its initial indication from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of schizophrenia in 1997.[3] In 2004, it received its second indication for the treatment of mania-associated bipolar disorder.[4] It is sometimes used off-label, often as an augmentation agent, to treat such conditions as obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, restless legs syndrome, autism, alcoholism, depression,[5] Tourette syndrome,[6] and has been used by physicians as a sedative for those with sleep disorders or anxiety disorders.[7]

    Odd drug to abuse since it's an antipsychotic. Since antipsychotics primarily inhibit the action of certain serotonin and dopamine receptor subtypes in order to achieve their antipsychotic and tranquilizing effects, the subjective effects (how it makes you feel) is usually unpleasant for most.

    After all, the dopamine pathway is a core component of the brain's reward system and is responsible for the pleasure experienced in eating foods, satiety, taste and appetite, and especially sexual pleasure. Many recreational drugs work by increasing the activity of this system (amphetamines, cocaine, etc.), whereas Seroquel (generic name, quetiapine fumarate) and other antipsychotics reduce the activity of this system.

    Especially in higher doses and on people that are NOT psychotic, delusional, etc., this drug's effects will NOT be pleasant. This is often why, even when appropriately prescribed, the drug is administered at bedtime. True, it is one of the least potent antipsychotics in that its *level* of interruption of and inhibition of certain dopamine and serotonin pathways is very low. So, in terms of choosing an antipsychotic that is the least mentally crippling, slowing, and physically "uncomfortable," Seroquel is a good choice for a patient that, relatively speaking, is neither severely or moderately psychotic nor delusional.

    What's also handy with Seroquel as a treatment tool is that it is one of the MOST (as compared to other 2nd generation, aka atypical,) sedating and anxiety-relieving antipsychotics, yet it has virtually no tolerance-building drawbacks (unlike the extremely addictive benzodiazapenes which also cause dependence and potentially very dangerous effects on a patient if said patient is "ripped off" the benzo's). Therefore, in the treatment of severe anxiety disorders and similar psychoses, Seroquel is an excellent option for those suffering from severe anxiety and that also have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

    Yes, Seroquel exhibits *some* anti-depressant activity, but it is not primarily an anti-depressant. It can, and has been, used as an adjunct therapy with mainstream antidepressants (SSRI's and/or SNRI's), when the patient isn't responding well to the primary anti-depressant. "Abilify", for example, is an atypical antipsychotic that has been strongly promoted as an adjunct medication, or treatment option, to use in tandem with an SSRI and/or SNRI for major depression and seemingly drug-resistant depression.

    Seroquel in the low dose range 25 - 50 mg is good for severe insomnia, yes. A similar dose strength is also typical to treat anxiety. For bipolar disorder, somewhere in the 200 - 300 mg range is typical, while for schizophrenia and similar afflictions an appropriate, effective dose may be as high as 900 mg or more.

    I highly doubt your brother is taking these during the day; if he is, he must be doing so with low strength tablets. Again, because this drug is so sedating, it will absolutely impair your ability to function normally-talk, think, work-if taken during the day unless at very, very low strengths (25 mg or so). Even then, it would be fairly difficult to disguise its effects.

    Most likely, you're seeing your brother take other prescription medications during the day while he takes the Seroquel at night. Or, he is (and this is common) using the Seroquel as an aid to lessen the intensity of withdrawal from other substances of abuse (for example, some rehab/detox facilities use 300 - 400 mg Seroquel daily to lessen the severity of >>>>>> withdrawal).

    Seroquel, alone, is (despite what you would expect since it is so sedating) not something you would accidentally OD on; it would take tens of thousands of milligrams, I believe. *However, Seroquel has been involved in overdoses when taken with strong opioids (e.g. oxycodone), benzos (e.g. alprazolam, aka Xanax), and/or alcohol, as combinations such as these have a synergistic effect in their tranquilizing effects on the CNS and respiration.

    Hope that sums up few things for you.
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    15 year olds popping pills? wow whats this world coming to, I guess alot has changed in the 11yrs since I was a 15y/o!
    GL w/ your brother chick

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    I no this was posted a long time ago but what I know about Quetiapine also known as Seroquel, is sold on the black market I know people take it to make them 'come down' off other drugs like crack n to help them sleep also it can take the edge off when users want crack it is a very stupid thing to do but when crack addicts feel like this there desperate and don't think of the risks and how it affects them and others around them, also as it makes you drowsy/ sleepy they can take quetiapine to fool people around them that they are not taking crack as they are not high and can sleep as crack is a high so it sort of counter acts it i no this post is not about crack addicts but id just like to add that people on crack will lie and deceive you as they are not thinking of you only crack n when they can next have it they become selfish and irrational and change completely as a person

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