Seroquel, also known as quetiapine, is an atypical antipsychotics medication used in adults, children, and teens to control the extreme emotions, thoughts, or behaviors that can be associated with schizophrenia. This medication is also used for treating mania or mixed episodes in adults, teens, and children over the age of ten years. Seroquel will not cure bipolar or schizophrenia. This medication will help control the behavior that accompanies these conditions.
It may take several weeks to feel the full effect of Seroquel, and it is important to continue taking the medication even if you feel well. Seroquel comes in a regular or a slow-release tablet form. The regular form of Seroquel is taken one to three times per day, while the extended release version is only taken once per day. Your doctor may start you on one dosage and then slowly increase the amount of Seroquel during your first week on this medication. Once the correct dosage is determined, you should take the same amount of Seroquel each day.
Seroquel is not recommended for use by older adults with dementia. If you have or have ever had cataracts, low blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol, breast cancer, Parkinson's disease, or thyroid, heart, liver, or kidney disease you should talk to your doctor before you take Seroquel. Tell your doctor if you have ever had diabetes.
Seroquel may interact with other medications or supplements, including antidepressants, antifungals, HIV medication, antianxiety medication, medication for Parkinson's, sleeping pills, steroids, and others. If you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Seroquel. If you have ever been addicted to street drugs or a prescription medication, let your doctor know before you begin taking Seroquel. You should also mention any serious reactions you have had to other similar medications.
If you experience serious or severe side effects from Seroquel, you should call your doctor immediately. Serious side effects may include:
Less serious side effects can include:
See your doctor before reducing or discontinuing this medication; you should not stop taking Seroquel abruptly. You can reduce withdrawal symptoms by slowly tapering off of this medication. Possible symptoms of withdrawal include:
Page content reviewed by James Pendleton, ND
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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