Is Quetiapine the right medicine for bipolar mood disorder?
Its a safe medicine
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I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.
Its difficult to make a diagnosis based on the history available but going by the choice of medicines that your psychiatrists have used, it appears that bipolar depression was the probable diagnosis in your case. Now quetiapine in the doses of 600 is a very nice drug for prophylaxis of bipolar mood duisorder. The reasons:
1) It is very effective
2) The side-effect potential is very less except for sedation and weight gain in some cases
3) IT IS NOT ADDICTIVE
So probably this allays your anxiety. Unlike other recreational drugs like marijuana or opiods, the prescribed drugs are not addictive. You have been taking them cause they are helpful in keeping your illness at bay. The ideal duration of prophylaxis should be 5 years after you have completely recovered from the symptoms. Now that its only 2 years of recovery it will be very premature to stop the medicines as there will be a risk of relapse.
Still if you want it to be done, then the process is to reduce 100mg every week until you are off it. But please dont attempt it by yourself and keep your psychiatrist informed about what ever changes you are doing to your medications. Its only with your and psychiatrists consent that the withdrawal of medicines can be planned.
Given an option, I would suggest that you continue the medicines as of now.
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It doesnt have any significant withdrawal symptoms
Quetiapine doesnt have any significant withdrawal symptoms.
The bilirubin of 1.55 is definetly abnormal but not a very big concern. It will settle down with time if you dont do any further insult.
Dr. Srikanth Reddy
quetiapine is safe
Thanks for the follow up.
Quetiapine is safe and will not lead to rise in bilirubin. You should refrain from taking alcohol in any form. This will prevent any further insult to the liver.
Dr. Srikanth Reddy
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