Hubby has been prescribed Quetiapine

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Lilac Blossom, Jul 25, 2015.

  1. Lilac Blossom

    Lilac Blossom Registered User

    Oct 6, 2014
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    Scotland
    Hubby has been prescribed Quetiapine to help with the agitation which has increasingly become a problem recently. It's a very low dosage, 25 mg, with the instruction to start off with half a tablet. I gave him 12.5 last night and also the night before. About 1.5 hours later he became really restless in bed, trying to turn around which he is normally incapable of doing - he always sleeps on his right side. This creates another problem as he has a catheter and he ended up with the tube connecting the night bag getting twisted round both of his legs - this has only ever happened on the two nights he has had Quetiapine.

    Has anyone used Quetiapine and if so, what problems or benefits did you experience?

    Thanks - Lilac
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

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    #2 nitram, Jul 25, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2015
    I would stop administering it and report back to whoever prescribed it, if the catheter tube becomes twisted and blocked it can lead to other problems.

    It was the first medication my wife was given, it immediately gave her parkinsonism shakes and I stopped it. The solution to prevent agitation was Memantine and Sodium Valproate, my wife's final diagnosis was Lewy Body Dementia.
     
  3. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
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    Suffolk
    OH was on Quetiapine for a while, but I noticed he had an increased rate of TIAs at that time ( he has vas dem and Alzheimer's ). Quetiapine was replaced with Memantine, and frequency of TIAs dropped.
     
  4. Margaret79

    Margaret79 Registered User

    MIL took Quetiapine 5 years ago when she was first diagnosed, this really helped with her aggressive outbursts.

    We gradually reduced it once we moved and she was a bit more settled.

    She has now been prescribed it again for her agitation and restlessness. She took 25mg at night but we noticed no difference so this week the CPN has increased it to 25mg morning and night. If it works as well as it did before I'll be happy.
     
  5. sistermillicent

    sistermillicent Registered User

    Jan 30, 2009
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    mum took quetiapine for a couple of years - it quickly stopped her aggression and her attempts to kill dad.
     
  6. Lilac Blossom

    Lilac Blossom Registered User

    Oct 6, 2014
    532
    Scotland
    Thank you Nitram, Spamar, Margaret and Sistermillicent for your prompt replies and advice. I'll check on Monday with the GP who prescribed quetiapine and see what he suggests.

    Thamks again
    Lilac
     

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