Our expert says:
I am very sceptical about such products. It costs a lot of money for a drug company to produce and register a new drug, and in recompense they are given a period of exclusive patent when they alone can sell and profit from it. Increasingly, the big companies are too lazy or mean to invest in creating genuinely new products to replace their big money spinners as such original exclusive patents run out, and instead, they suddenly "doscover" a new minor variant on the original molecule, or a long-acting or slow-release form, over which they can now claim a newly extended period of excludivbe patent rights and continuing profits.
Not all drugs actually benefit from or need a slow-release / long-acting form.
Now, with Seroquel, it's not generally used to assist insomnia as such, but it stands to reason that if it suited you in that way when taking the original formulation, which would have produced reasonably rapid increases in the blood levels of the drug at the time you were expecting to get to sleep, the whole point of a SR or other long-acting form is to abolish that effect, and instead to have the pill release the drug only slowly and gradually, producing a smoother and more gradual release of the drug, as well as one that would be longer-lasting.
If this new formulation of the drug is not only NOT helping you get to sleep as it used to, but also leaving you more drowsy and inert the next day, then the new version is not suiting you, and you would probably be better suited by returning to the earlier form of it. I'm not sure what added bnefit your doc expected the SR version to have, so you'd need to discuss this frankly with him.
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