Seroquel XR seems to be working.

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by gcvmom, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Just wanted to post a brief update on difficult child 2 and his medication situation for anyone else wondering about how well this drug works.

    He's taking 700mg Seroquel XR at bedtime, 5mg Daytrana patch in the morning (yeah, we trim it and it works just fine this way), and 400mg Seroquel XR at lunchtime.

    The worst side-effect now is sedation. It's not as bad as it was when he first started this medication, but it's still there a bit. Also, he gained about 25 pounds in total since starting this medication. He was a hair underweight before, but now could stand to lose about 5 to 10 pounds.

    He tells me that he doesn't get so angry or frustrated like he did before (which resulted in a lot of behaviorial problems in the past). The number of days where his head is "buzzing" (hypomania -- can't sit still, can't stop talking, can't concentrate, thoughts are racing, etc.) are now maybe one a month, if at all.

    I have noticed that when the weather is cloudy or rainy here, he tends to get a little depressed -- more emotional, more irritable, more negative. It's been sunny lately and his mood seems much improved.

    We're also finding that vigorous exercise before homework helps his concentration and focus tremendously. While this isn't always possible, it's nice to know we can use it as a tool!

    It's been a long road since preschool -- 16 different psychiatric medications and three diagnoses in 8 years to finally get to this point. I don't know if this is as good as it gets for him. He still has issues with organization, focus, attention -- some days are better than others, but I will continue to try to find ways to help him with this.
  2. Jena

    Jena New Member

    i'm really happy to hear that he is reacting to the medication so very well. That's great. My difficult child is on seroquel as well, i like the drug. side effects weight gain is rough though. i keep her filled up on water and on apples or any type of fruit, i try to give her as much fiber as i can to hold her appetite at bay.

    i'm really happy for you and for difficult child.
  3. lizzie09

    lizzie09 lizzie

    I have posted before that my son was recently put on Seroquel and Epilim (deoakote)

    There was a quick response to these drugs.....odd behaviour tapered off and has now disappeared (so far so good...) he started on 28th November

    Small dose 3 x 25mg Seroquel and hes a big lad but its definitely enough
    Maybe the Epilim is a higher dose and balances it all.

    Ap with psychdoc tmro am so we will see.

    Thank God peace has resumed in my home for all of us.

    It is all so difficult for us parents, trying to discover the proper medication and what is enough.

    Jennifer, do you think the weight gain is die to hunger caused by drug or by just taking it?

    Thank you again for supporting me