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Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby majorbakor » Thu Apr 28, 2011 9:29 pm

Does anyone know of any alternatives to seroquel for schizoaffective disorder? I am beginning to lose my hair.
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby newuser » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:23 pm

I used to take Zyprexa which could be a better alternative. But note that Zyprexa is said to cause weight gain.
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby superanonymous » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:20 pm

What about Risperdal and Abilify?
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby MirageXD » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:45 pm

You can use almost any antipsychotic for schizoaffective disorder, and there is more than a few:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atypical_antipsychotic

You said in your other thread that you have this for 3 years. If you tell me what meds you used to take, and what side effects they gave you, I may be able to give you some suggestions. Your psychiatrist can do the same even better. :wink:

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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby majorbakor » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:03 pm

Hey,
I cant remember all the stuff I tried. The problem is that I never stayed on anythig until I started taking Seroquel and Risperdal, which I take now. I tried Abilify for a while, but it gave me intense dreams. But the Seroquel does too so I guess I can live with that. I really dont want to lose my hair. Could'nt live with that. :? The thing is that mine is bipolar type, so does'nt that mean that the medicine has to be taylored for bipolar instead of depression?

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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby Buddha443556 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:48 pm

majorbakor wrote:I cant remember all the stuff I tried. The problem is that I never stayed on anythig until I started taking Seroquel and Risperdal, which I take now. I tried Abilify for a while, but it gave me intense dreams. But the Seroquel does too so I guess I can live with that. I really dont want to lose my hair. Could'nt live with that. :? The thing is that mine is bipolar type, so does'nt that mean that the medicine has to be taylored for bipolar instead of depression?r

Supposedly adding a mood stabilizer, such as Lithium or Depakote, will even out the highs and lows, of course, that is useless till they can get you on an antipsychotic medication. Psychosis has a higher priority.

It's a good idea to keep a list of your medications and their dosages as well as your former medications and the dosages when you quit and why you quit.
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby MirageXD » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:17 pm

Here's the list of antipsychotics approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder (combined with psychosis):
Amisulpride (Solian)
Aripiprazole (Abilify)
Asenapine (Saphris)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
Risperidone (Risperdal)
Ziprasidone (Geodon, Zeldox)

which means that if you take these, you don't need any other medication (mood stabilizer).

If you remember which ones you took, the list gets shorter. You can also combine other antipsychotics not approved for bipolar with mood stabilizers.
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby majorbakor » Sun May 01, 2011 6:20 am

Thanks mirage,
I'm gonna bring them up with my psych. I hope one of them works. Any of them make you lose your hair?
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby MirageXD » Sun May 01, 2011 10:54 am

majorbakor wrote:Any of them make you lose your hair?


Not really, but I can't predict which one might cause hair loss. I found a paper on that: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10798824
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Re: Alternatives to Seroquel?

Postby majorbakor » Mon May 02, 2011 4:13 am

Well , Im glad that the hair grows back. I hope I can find something else too. I' not sure where to start though. I think I saw Risperdal on the list and maybe Abilify, so I'll have to try something else. Man I hope I'm ready for this. Thanks ... I love the bear thing. Its interesting. Where do people get those things?

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