Seroquel side effects related to cogn...

Seroquel side effects related to cognitive abilities.

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CRP

Minglanilla, Spain

#1 Jul 28, 2009
Hello everybody.
Yesterday I took an IQ test where I had to answer 45 questions in 20 minutes, and I found that I couldn't think as fast as I used to think.
I am diagnosed with schizophrenia and I take 300 mg of Seroquel Prolong daily.
Does anyone here know if Seroquel affects the thinking speed or other cognitive abilities?
Thank you in advance.
Nic

Melbourne, Australia

#2 Jan 15, 2011
I take 200mg of seroquel each night for bipolar disorder. My thinking speed is much slower than it used to be to the point where it is embarrassing to me. When I am talking I cannot find the right word and have to pause for a few seconds. Even then there are many times I cannot remember the word for something like "face washer" or "remote control". I can't stand it. I've mentioned this problem to both my GP and my psychiatrist who didn't think it was anything to worry about. I fear that I have early onset dementia or some other irreversible cognitive problem. I'm 39 years old. As an audiologist of 13 years, I've also noticed that my decision making in relation to my clents is a lot slower than it used. I will have a thought on what I should do and then a second later forget what I was thinking. I'm so glad that I have read the account above. I'm going to do something about it.
Dianne

East Lansing, MI

#4 May 21, 2012
Nic wrote:
I take 200mg of seroquel each night for bipolar disorder. My thinking speed is much slower than it used to be to the point where it is embarrassing to me. When I am talking I cannot find the right word and have to pause for a few seconds. Even then there are many times I cannot remember the word for something like "face washer" or "remote control". I can't stand it. I've mentioned this problem to both my GP and my psychiatrist who didn't think it was anything to worry about. I fear that I have early onset dementia or some other irreversible cognitive problem. I'm 39 years old. As an audiologist of 13 years, I've also noticed that my decision making in relation to my clents is a lot slower than it used. I will have a thought on what I should do and then a second later forget what I was thinking. I'm so glad that I have read the account above. I'm going to do something about it.
Your's is the first post I have read that mirror's exactly what is happening to me. Can't find my words, memory is so bad I have actually lost a job over it. I began using seroquel for my acute insomnia. My GP has given me every known sleep aid and only remeron worked for a couple years then stopped. Seroquel works well and in fact my brother and mother both use it for insomnia. My brother does not take it every night as I do and my mother is 90 and has only been taking it about 8 years but already had dementia. I think the next step is to be examined by a neurologist to determine brain function and possible issues. I have tried weaning myself down with adding melatonin. Melatonin never worked on me but tried time release and at least it didn't wake me up after 4 hours as standard release did. I would love to continue the dialog and see if anyone has noted the cognitive impairment we both share?

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