- Are Ambien and Seroquel the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Seroquel?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Ambien?
- What is Seroquel?
- What is Ambien?
- What Drugs Interact with Seroquel?
- What Drugs Interact with Ambien?
- How Should Seroquel Be Taken?
- How Should Ambien Be Taken?
Are Seroquel and Ambien the Same Thing?
The primary use of Ambien is for insomnia; Seroquel is used off-label to treat insomnia.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Seroquel?
Common side effects of Seroquel include:
- hot flashes,
- sensitivity to heat,
- sleep problems (insomnia),
- changes in appetite or changes in weight,
- changes in menstrual perdiods,
- and temporary hair loss.
What Are Possible Side Effects of Ambien?
Common side effects of Ambien include:
- Daytime drowsiness,
- "Drugged" feeling,
- Loss of coordination,
- Stuffy nose,
- Nasal irritation,
- Dry mouth,
- Sore throat,
- Stomach upset,
- Muscle pain,
- Ataxia (balance problems), and
- Visual changes.
- memory loss,
- mental/mood/behavior changes (such as new or worsening depression, abnormal thoughts, thoughts of suicide, hallucinations, confusion, agitation, aggressive behavior, or anxiety).
What is Seroquel?
Seroquel is a prescription medicine used to treat:
- schizophrenia in people 13 years of age or older
- bipolar disorder in adults, including:
- manic episodes associated with bipolar I disorder in children ages 10 to 17 years old
It is not known if Seroquel is safe and effective in children under 10 years of age.
What is Ambien?
Ambien (zolpidem) is a sedative/hypnotic used for treating insomnia.
What Drugs Interact With Seroquel?
Seroquel may interact with many different drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.
What Drugs Interact With Ambien?
Ambien may interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold medicines, pain medications, muscle relaxants, narcotics, and medicines for depression, anxiety, or seizures) or antifungal medications.
Ambien may also interact with chlorpromazine or rifampin.
How Should Seroquel Be Taken?
Seroquel is prescribed in tablets that range from 25 to 300 mcg in strength and is usually taken once a day with a full glass of water (about 8 ounces) 30 to 60 minutes before breakfast for best adsorption into the body. Children can take the medicine if the tablet is crushed and put into about 1 to 2 teaspoons of water; do not store or delay giving this crushed pill suspension. Doctors often may have to slowly increase the dose; patients should not increase or decrease this medication themselves. Because some preparations of the drug may contain iodine or lactose, patients should tell their doctors about such allergies or reactions to these components. Many drugs can inhibit Seroquel's adsorption by the body; other medications may increase or decrease its effectiveness once it is adsorbed. Providing a complete list of medications to the doctor will help with getting the correct dose established for each individual patient. Pregnant and lactating females need to discuss the dose and use of this medication with their caregivers.
How Should Ambien Be Taken?
The recommended adult dose of Ambien is 10 mg as conventional tablets or spray or 12.5 mg as extended-release tablets. Ambien may interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold medicines, pain medications, muscle relaxants, and medicines for depression, anxiety, or seizures), chlorpromazine, itraconazole, ketoconazole, rifampin, or antidepressants. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Ambien; it is unknown how it will affect a fetus. Ambien passes into breast milk and may have adverse effects on a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding. Ambien can cause withdrawal symptoms (muscle cramps, sweats, shaking, and seizures).
RxList. Seroquel Side Effects Drug Center.
RxList. Ambien Side Effects Drug Center.