Will Thorazine Help Treat Severe Insomnia?

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Asked by Sleep Deprived

Will Thorazine Help Treat Severe Insomnia?

I have recently been diagnosed as bipolar. I have endured extreme insomnia for 20 years and Xanax has worked without fail during that time. I have a new shrink that wants me off of Xanax and has put me on Seroquel. OMG! In six months time I have gained 30 pounds. I have tried every medication known to man and this is not gonna work. I walk every night and rollerskate once a week, but the weight continues to pile on! Would a medication such as Thorazine be beneficial to me???

Answer

Hello,

Thorazine has its own side effects, most notably the Thorazine Shuffle, whereby patients drag their feet because they're so doped up from the drug.

If it were me, I wouldn't want to take Thorazine. Though I wouldn't take Ambien, or any of the other addictive sleep aids.

A friend of mine is currently on Trazodone [sp?], an anti-depressant, to regulate her sleep. Not sure if this would cause mania in someone with bipolar, though it might not, it's one of the older anti-depressants.

Another option is reducing the dose of the Seroquel to see if you lose weight and can fall asleep.

Regards,

Christina

Answered by Christina Bruni