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My psychiatrist just put me on 100mg of Seroquel Friday for sleep. Love that it makes me sleepy within a hour or less but not liking that when I get up in morning which is around 7 I still fill drugged and after being up a couple hours I feel I have to go back to bed and if I do I sleep 3 or 4 hours more. I have suffered from extreme insomnia since I was 19, I have been on several different prescription sleep aids they work for me for a while but then they just stop working Seroquel is only thing as of date that has worked I am wondering if I can cut the yellow tablet in half and if so will it still work as well to put me to sleep and decrease the drowsy feeling during the day

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Your Doctor has prescribed Seroquel not only for your insomnia, but also to help you with the Bipolar illness. While reducing the dose might be a good option to decreased the drowsiness, the dose might be inadequate for the Bipolar treatment. Since you started the medication on Friday only you can wait for a week more. Most likely there will be some amount of tolerance and your sleepiness should disappear.

I would like to know whether you are on Seroquel or Seroquel XR (extended release preparation)

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Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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