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been diagnosed with bipolar type 2, they are starting me on [COLOR=rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.870588)]Quetiapine has anyone been on these if so what was your experience [/COLOR]
 
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Hi Jesse and welcome to the forum. You will find a lot of people on here have been on quetiapine myself included. It’s very good as a mood stabiliser but does come with side effects. So I suggest you read up on it. There are quite a few posts on here about it. So just search thru the forum .
 
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I was on Quetiapine for a number of years. My maximum dose was 1800mg and all I did was sleep and gain oodles of weight. I am still trying to lose that weight years later. quetiapine also cost me my job as I fell asleep in the staff room at work and the boss caught me.
 
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Wow who put you on that dose. The maximum should be 800mg. I’m surprised you could stand up on that. I was on 650mg for about 10years and found that sedating.
 
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Believe it nor not it was a work nominated psychiatrist. He was trying to prove I wasn't capable of working. Before seeing him I was on 1250mg. After seeing him it was put up to 1800mg and was proved correct. Been struggling to find a great job ever since.
 
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They want striking off for giving you that dose . Even the BNF states a maximum of 800mg. I developed diabetes because of that med and on a much lower dose than you. I hope you’ve had glucose checked.
 
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I'm on it, I love it. Yeah, knocks me stupid, and yeah, it's not good to combine with motion sickness, and yeah, I have problems sleeping without it. But I also don't have paranoid delusions and I don't have depression. Trade-off for me is worth it.
 
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My ex-GF is diagnosed Schizo-affective and is on it, a low dose (125mg) keeps her very stable but she does find it sedating and it caused a lot of weight gain.
 
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Hey Daffy, no diabetes ..... yet. I am a ultra high risk though so really have to watch it.
I doubt that shrink will ever get struck off as he's an Associate Professor at the local University too. To me, he's an evil bastard!
 
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Thank you all for your replies, I’ve had 10 years undiagnosed hell unstable mainly depression since I was 13. I would love to be stable for once! The weight gain is it increased appetite or physically puts weight on you
 
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Jess in my case it slowed my metabolism right down. I ate right but still put weight on.I was too lethargic for exercise.
 
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I am not a doctor so cannot advise you of meds to take Jess, but if you are concerned about weight gain I would indicate this to your treating team.
 
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I love Quetiapine. It took a few months to figure out dosage but I have been on it for almost 3 years and it has remained a great med for me. I also take Wellburtrin. But the Quetiapine doesn't just hold back the hallucinations but they are not there at all. When my dose wasn't right it was like I knew the psychosis was just hiding under the surface but the right dose and they were gone totally. The sleep thing...after 6 or so months the sleeping was more manageable. It didn't knock me off my feet right after I took it. Yes I gained weight BUT my pdoc started me on metformin (normally a diabetic med) and weight got under control.
 
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