I’ve been taking quetiapine for about a week now and I think I am feeling pretty good.
It’s been commented on that my eyes look a lot brighter since I started this medication, which is interesting. I mean, I personally haven’t noticed but It’s nice that others have seen a change. It’s also been said that I seem a lot calmer, less likely to lash out and get angry over little things, and I have less bad days.
Personally I have not noticed any of these things because as human nature goes I really only see the negatives. I feel that its taken away some of my creativity, but maybe that’s just because happiness writes white. I mean, it’s also a time thing I don’t have much time at the moment to do anything creative, work is crazy. I guess I need to take more time for me.
Anyway, quetiapine is great, well. great in that it knocks me out at 12am and keeps me asleep until 9am. Which is a huge deal for me, I don’t wake up in the night, I don’t struggle to get to sleep I just go and I feel rested when I wake up, which is so, so great.
But, in the morning I have to take another pill and well, that makes me really tired when I’m at work, tired to a point where I feel I need a nap, and I can’t because I work in retail and it’s non-stop. So I just spend a few hours glassy-eyed waiting for it to wear off. whilst customers comment on how “tired” I look and I try not to drop off. I also make stupid mistakes when I’m like that, I’ve read it gets better (I really hope it does.)
Other side effects, I’ve previously discussed which have improved slightly but still affect me are…. Dry mouth (which is gross.) and a stuffy nose, which isn’t great when I am already prescribed a nasal steroid because my allergies have given me rinitis.
Overall, though, I do feel different, I noticed recently that my inner monolog has changed, I never heard voices, well, except my own. I heard my own voice and it was on about 8 different tracks, I would be singing the same lines of some song on one track, repeating my to do list with another, telling myself I’m an idiot with another. But now, I feel like I have just the one track and I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing, I guess I feel a bit conflicted about that. I feel like it’s turned something in my brain off, maybe it was some of my ADHD symptoms. But I will have to wait and see as to whether that is a positive or negative.
So all in all, so far an ok experience. I’m sure I will have more to add soon.
I hope you are all doing well, and if anyone has any experience with quetiapine please let me know about it in the comments or via my “contact me” section. It would be great to hear others opinions.
The Elephant in the Room