What is Seroquel?

Seroquel is the brand name of quetiapine. It is an antipsychotic medicine that works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain. Seroquel is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. This medication is also  used to treat bipolar disorder (manic depression) in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Seroquel is also used together with antidepressant medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.

Important Information about Seroquel

Seroquel should not be taken in larger doses or for longer periods of time than prescribed by your Doctor. Taking large doses over a prolonged period of time can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible. This disorder may cause the patient to experience tremors or other uncontrollable muscle movements.

If you experience any of the following symptoms stop taking Seroquel and contact your doctor immediately; very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, uncontrolled muscle movements, feeling light-headed, blurred vision, eye pain, increased thirst and urination, excessive hunger, fruity breath odor, weakness, nausea and vomiting.

Seroquel may cause suicidal thoughts. If you experience this or worsening of mood or behavior contact your Doctor immediately.

Seroquel can be habit forming. Following prescription directions carefully. Do not share this medication, keep in a safe place. When stopping the use of Seroquel patients may experience symptoms of withdrawal, to prevent this contact your Doctor about dose reduction therapy.

 

Seroquel Side Effects

Along with the desired effects of Seroquel patients may experience side effects. These will vary in severity. Most commonly patients taking Seroquel will experience constipation or headache, these symptoms are mild and will not require medical attention.

Other more s

  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • decreased urine
  • dry mouth
  • increased thirst
  • low blood pressure
  • mood changes
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • weakness

evere side effects to Seroquel include; Chills; cold sweats; confusion; dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position; and sleepiness or unusual drowsiness. If you experience any of the more severe side effects contact your Doctor immediately.

Symptoms of over dose require emergency treatment, these include;

 

Seroquel Uses

Seroquel is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. This medication is also  used to treat bipolar disorder (manic depression) in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Seroquel is also used together with antidepressant medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.

Seroquel is commonly misused for recreational purposes. In high doses this medication can create a sense of well being, very uplifted mood and euphoria. These are many risks associated with the misuse and abuse of Seroquel. Prolonged use of the medication can result in a tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.

Seroquel Dosage and Directions

  •  Schizophrenia-Adults –  150-750 mg/day
  • Schizophrenia- Adolescents (13-17 years) – 400-800 mg/day
  • Bipolar Mania- Adults (Monotherapy or as an adjunct to lithium or divalproex) – 400– 800 mg/day
  • Bipolar Mania- Children and Adolescents (10 to 17 years), Monotherapy – 400-600 mg/day
  • Bipolar Depression- Adults – 300 mg/day
  • Bipolar I Disorder Maintenance Therapy- Adults – 400-800 mg/day