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Seroquel And The Common Cold, Or Lack Thereof


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:07 AM

Would someone please explain to me -- in small words, so I can understand -- why on God's Green Earth I seem to only catch colds when I am NOT taking Seroquel?

I was always kind of prone to colds. On Seroquel, almost never. I discontinued several weeks ago, and after the initial nausea/headache/general ill feeling from withdrawal, I caught a cold. A cold that. although not severe, has lingered almost three weeks and shows little sign of going away.

I know the stuff has some antihistamine action, but this is a definite cold, not just allergies.

I have not gone to the doctor because I've seen this movie before, and I know most likely they'll tell me I have a cold (duh!) and give me that look that says, "You wuss." OR, rarely, you have bronchitis (yay! a real Dx!) and you just have to live through it, and here's your bill for $100.

I had gone off Seroquel about a year and a half, two years ago for the same very good reasons I did last time. One of the reasons I went back on it was that in addition to the negative spiraling depression returning, I caught 2 bad colds within the space of 6 months -- during the latter, my DH said he'd never seen me so sick in the 20 years we'd been together. I hadn't had a cold in ages-- pretty much the whole time I was on seroquel. I figured it was probably the stress of swingin' emotions that precipitated these. But I haven't felt depressed or unstable since this last time I discontinued -- just sick.

I'd like to figure out what it is exactly about Seroquel that keeps me from getting viral infectious sick so maybe I could address that issue without Seroquel, since I really don't want to go back on it.

Yes, I'm rambling this morning. I'm tired, I'm frustrated.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:26 AM

Sounds to me like your cold has turned into a bacterial infection. Would a regular cold really last three weeks?
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:42 AM

Would a regular cold really last three weeks?


Believe it or not, for me it often does. I've always been prone to upper respiratory crap and have a tough time shaking it... except when I'm on Seroquel, weirdly enough.

Thank god I have an office with a door so my coworkers don't have to listen to me cough.

If it doesn't lift by Monday, I'll probably see my GP. I just wish I knew what it was about Seroquel that seems to ward off colds for me.
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