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Self-Medicated for Insomnia Drowsy Next Day
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
by Dex
Citation:   Dex. "Self-Medicated for Insomnia Drowsy Next Day: An Experience with Quetiapine (Seroquel) (exp91795)". Erowid.org. Dec 17, 2020. erowid.org/exp/91795

 
DOSE:
25 mg oral Pharms - Quetiapine (pill / tablet)

BODY WEIGHT: 190 lb


I found some Seroquel in a family member's medicine cabinet. He no longer uses it and has moved on to another drug to treat his bipolarism. I borrowed a number of 300mg pills and have taken them twice for the purpose of treating my insomnia (I read that prisoners and others take the drug to go to sleep). I took a 300mg pill and broke it up into thirds and then each of those thirds into quarters, providing me fragments of approx. 25mg of Seroquel each. I have taken them twice to induce sleep when I had gone for several days without sleep and wanted to 'catch up.'

The first time I took it I was sleeping on someone's couch while traveling. Despite what I'd heard the drug did not make me pass out immediately; instead, it took me at least 30 minutes. After perhaps 15 minutes or so, however, I did begin to feel drowsy and very slightly as though I was not in a normal state of consciousness. It was quite similar to the feeling of being in an abnormal state of consciousness due to extreme fatigue, though my thoughts were perhaps slightly more jumbled and non-linear in the manner of a marijuana high. Despite the uncomfortable accommodations I slept for 9 hours and slept much harder than usual. I probably would have felt great when I woke up except that I still felt EXTREMELY lethargic. It was a strange feeling: I was well-rested and yet felt like my eyes were barely able to stay open. I would have gotten up and started my day except that my body felt extremely difficult to move. So instead I laid there for another two hours pretending to sleep.

Even for a couple hours after I got up I felt extremely lethargic and it made it very difficult to go about my business.

The second time I took one of the fragments I was sleeping on a bed. I slept quite well that time also and fell asleep even faster. I had to get up early and start working, however, and it turned out to be a bad idea to have used Seroquel: the first 5 hours or so of my work day were quite hard to get through.

To clarify, I did not take the long-release version of Seroquel. I took the regular kind. I can only imagine what it feels like to be on the extended-release type.

Seroquel only comes recommended for the purpose of treating insomnia if you have at least a solid 11 or 12 hours to sleep, lay around, and not have any responsibilities. If you do, then it could be enjoyable and helpful. I absolutely do not recommend driving on Seroquel.

Exp Year: 2011ExpID: 91795
Gender: Male 
Age at time of experience: 23 
Published: Dec 17, 2020Views: 796
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