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Swim has been on multiple different medicines to help with anxiety and sleep for the past 8 months ranging from Atavin to Seroquel. Around 3 months ago, swim was placed onto Seroquel for sleep because swim was sent to rehab and couldn't take anything addicting because swim has a very addicting personality.
For the first 2 months, Seroquel was working great on Swim. Swim had great sleep (although swim was tired in the mornings), and swim was sleeping through the night without waking up. Well, things started to change for the worse this last month with swim. Swim has become very angry (always screaming with parents and always in a bad mood). Then, today was the worst for swim. While at school, swim had a confrontation with another kid and ended up getting kicked out of school for 8 days for punching the kid in the face multiple times.
Swim has been angry, but never this aggressive before. Swim was actually laughing during and after the event happened. After swim's father picked him up from school, swim said that swim will never take Seroquel again because of this outburst (2nd one in 3 months).
Swim was wondering if this new aggression/violence was caused by the Seroquel? Swim is very scared because swim finally realized that this act of violence was completely out of control and not like something swim would normally do.
It's very possible. SWIM had an extreme increase in anger on seroquel before being completely adjusted. SWIM once felt as though he was so braindead from the seroquel he bursted and punched a trashcan and made a fat dent in it lol.
Swim feels very irritable, and in a bad mood too. This can either be the wellbutrin, but her money is on the seroquel, since it's 300mgs now and wellbutrin is 200mgs. She feel agitated and all the time, randomly wanting to wreck things and scream. This is so not like her, usually it takes a truck load of evil to make her more than chill.
Research has found that Seroquel anger is a serious side effect that can cause injury to patients who are taking this atypical antipsychotic medication. Elderly patients who are taking Seroquel for the treatment of dementia or Alzheimer's seem to have the greatest risk of suffering from Seroquel anger. Several studies have indicated that Seroquel use can actually worsen a patient's dementia and Alzheimer's symptoms.
Seroquel is a prescription medication that was originally approved by the FDA in 1997 to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. In 2004 AstraZeneca's blockbuster drug, Seroquel, was also approved to treat the symptoms of bi-polar disorder. In addition to these two approved uses, Seroquel is prescribed for a number of off label uses including depression, anxiety, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and dementia. Doctors often prescribe medications for uses other than those officially approved, though it is unlawful for a pharmaceutical company to market their product for off-label use.
Seroquel anger is a serious side effect that is commonly observed in older patients who are taking Seroquel to treat this very symptom and other injurious dementia symptoms. A research team in England found that patients taking Seroquel for dementia experienced cognitive decline, including Seroquel anger, at twice the rate of patients who had taken a "dummy" pill. Other studies have also found an increased risk for treatment-emergent Seroquel anger in similar patient populations.
Dementia and other neurological conditions that often develop later in life can cause a variety of unfavorable symptoms. Dementia can include a decline in cognitive abilities including memory, concentration, reasoning, and judgment abilities. Dementia is also characterized by psychological symptoms including dramatic mood swings, significant changes in personality and disposition, and a decreased ability to regulate temper. In addition to these symptoms, patients may also suffer from sleep disturbances, motor system impairments, speech and language problems, and altered mental states.
Doctors began prescribing Seroquel and other atypical antipsychotic medications to patients in hopes of reducing these symptoms, particularly those related to personality and other psychological disturbances. Many patients who have been prescribed Seroquel to treat mood swings, temper problems, anger, agitation, and paranoia have actually suffered a worsening of their symptoms as a result of their treatment. In some cases a patient's Seroquel anger improved after terminating their treatment, providing further indication that Seroquel anger is often treatment-induced.
If you or a loved one is taking Seroquel to treat any condition and experience symptoms of Seroquel anger and other unfavorable side effects, you may wish to contact your health care provider at your earliest convenience.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Seroquel anger, you may wish to speak with a qualified and experienced legal professional who can help determine your legal rights and options in a case to recover what you have lost as a result of Seroquel anger or any other Seroquel side effects.
This is something that should be discused with your doctor or therapist first but personally i would suggest doing what im sure you already know you should do ~stop taking the drug.
As i said before,if your experiencing a drastic personality change this is something that should be immediately mentioned to your doctor. Psych meds can drasticly alter someones personality ~and its not always for the better:http://www.dr-bob.org/babble/20080430/msgs/827410.html
Many users of seroquell report negitive side effects such as anger,some peoiples anger has even gotten them into serious trouble with the law.
Ive posted a thread on seroques effects on anger,you can also view others reactions to seroquel by clicking the stickyed thread at the top of the antipsychotics forum.
Beware many psych will prescribe seroquel to solve someone's sleep problems or just to get kickbacks from the pharmaceutical company's, make sure your doctor has YOUR best interests in mind and not his/hers.
swim fonds that the side effects mentioned are less prevelant if the full dose is taken at bedtime. It still works as an antipsychotic as the half life lasts pretty much the whole of the following day, depending what dose you are on - in swims case - 400mg.
swim finds it hard to take any more than 50mg during the day - renders him almost useless... so perhaps split the dose, whatever it is your consuming, into smaller mg amounts during the day -
300mg before bed
50mg twice daily,
good luck, its a hard drug to adapt to but in swims case its the most effective for his illness.
I'm not finding the actual research information on Seroqul anger here. Please give me the researchers names, or publication names and information on how to find this research, so I can give it to the doctor. Thanks.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Seroquel XR Sustained-Release Tablets:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); confusion; difficult or painful urination; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; hallucinations; increased saliva production or drooling; increased sweating; memory loss; menstrual changes; muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, exaggerated feeling of well-being, hostility, impulsiveness, inability to sit still, irritability, panic attacks, restlessness); numbness, burning, or tingling; persistent, painful erection; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or prolonged dizziness, light-headedness, or headache; shortness of breath; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased hunger, thirst, or urination; unusual weakness); tremor; trouble concentrating, speaking, or swallowing; trouble sleeping; trouble walking or standing; uncontrollable or involuntary muscle movements (eg, uncontrollable arm or leg movements, twitching of the face or tongue, loss of balance); vision changes.
Nervous system side effects have included agitation (20%), somnolence (18%), dizziness (11%), tremor (8%), and anxiety (4%). Hypertonia, dysarthria, abnormal dreams, dyskinesia, abnormal thinking, tardive dyskinesia, vertigo, involuntary movements, confusion, amnesia, hyperkinesia, increased libido, incoordination, abnormal gait, myoclonus, apathy, ataxia, stupor, bruxism, hemiplegia, aphasia, buccoglossal syndrome, choreoathetosis, delirium, decreased libido, neuralgia, stuttering, akathisia, dystonia, parkinsonism, and subdural hematoma have also been reported; however, causality has not been established. Two cases of neuroleptic malignant syndrome that may possibly have been related to quetiapine use have also been reported. One case of quetiapine associated restless leg syndrome has been reported.
- http://www.drugs.com/sfx/seroquel-side-effects.html (toward the bottom)
Quite frankly the doctor should know what the side effects are, rare or otherwise without having to print off a research paper for him to look at. If you have problems convincing him that the drug is causing you anger issues then please switch doctors, no one wants a doctor that doesn't believe his/her patient or worse, just selling the drug to the patient for kick backs the pharmacy companies provide.
I've been on Seroquel XR for 2 years, now. I don't remember if I had such extreme anger as you, but I had mood problems, too.
What my doctors did for me was to put me on a mood stabilizer - in my case, sodium valproate in an extended release form, 1000mg a day, taken whole before bed, together with the complete dose of Seroquel XR (800mg for me).
I can't post research, if this is a medically-established way of dealing with the issue, so maybe you can search more on this.