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Name of the generic: quetiapine quetiapine Kwe-TYE-apeen [kwe-TIE-a-peen]
Names of brands: Seroquel, Seroquel XR
Dosage formats: oral tablet (25 mg; 50 mg; 100 mg; 150 mg; 200 mg; 300 mg; 400 mg) Oral tablet, extended release (50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg)
Drug class: atypical antipsychotics

What is Seroquel?

Seroquel (quetiapine) is used to treat schizophrenia in children and adults who are at least 13 years old.

Seroquel may also be taken by itself or in combination with divalproex and lithium to treat asymptomatic episodes of manic (frenzied and abnormally exuberant or angry emotions) and depression in people suffering from bipolar disorder (manic depression disorder), a condition that causes depression-like episodes and mania-like episodes and other mood swings. Additionally, Seroquel is used with other medicines to stop depression-related episodes in patients suffering from bipolar disorder.

Seroquel extended release can also be employed as a treatment for manic attacks in young children of at least 10 years old who suffer from bipolar disorder.Seroquel extended release can be used as a complement to antidepressant medication in order to manage major depression disorder in adults.

Seroquel tablets are used as part of a program for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adolescents and children.Quetiapine is part of a group of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. It affects the action of certain naturally occurring substances within the brain.

Side effects of Seroquel

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms of an allergic reaction to Seroquel, such as hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

Long-term or high-dose use of quetiapine could cause serious movement disorders, which may not be reverseable. The longer you are using Seroquel, the more susceptible you will be to being affected by this condition, particularly if you're either a woman or an older adult.Contact your physician immediately in the event of any abrupt or new changes in your mood or behavior, which could include the onset of depression or, even worse, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you experience anger, irritability, impulsivity, or aggression.Are You Uncomfortable and Talkative, Thinking About Suicide Or Self Harm?

Seroquel may cause serious side effects. Contact your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Muscles that are not controlled in your facial muscles (chewing or lip-smacking mouth movements, frowning, blinking, or eye movements);
  • Breast tenderness and swelling breast tenderness and swelling; nipple discharge impermanence in menstrual period omission;
  • Constipation, difficulty swallowing;
  • Urination that is painful or difficult
  • High blood pressure high blood pressure, rapid or irregular heart rate
  • A lightheaded sensation, a sudden feeling of numbness or weakness, or an intense headache
  • Blurred vision, eyes, redness, or pain blurred vision, halos of light around the eyes;
  • Seizures, feeling abnormally cold or hot;
  • Indications of signs of symptoms of infection: fever, colds the sore throat, body aches, strange fatigue, loss of appetite, bleeding, or bruising
  • Serious nervous system response extremely rigid (rigid) muscles and sweating, high fever in confusion, fast or irregular heartbeats, tremors, or the sensation that you may faint;
  • Thyroid that is underactive fatigue, depressed mood, dry skin, thin hair, sweating less and swelling in your face, and feeling more prone to cold temperatures
  • High blood sugar increased thirst, increased urination rate, dry mouth or breath odor that smells like fruit
  • Low white blood cells The symptoms include fever, skin sores, mouth open sores, sore throat, and cough.

Most Seroquel adverse side effects could include:

  • Speech problems;
  • Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness;
  • Feeling like you might pass out;
  • Energy deficiency;
  • Fast heartbeats;
  • An increase in appetite and weight gain
  • Upset stomach, vomiting, constipation;
  • Stomach pain, nausea;
  • Abnormal tests of liver function Sore throat, liver function tests;
  • Dry mouth, stuffy nose, dry mouth
  • Trouble getting around.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

Caplyta, Fluoxemic, Quetiapine, Abilify, Lamotrigine, Aripiprazole, and Risperidone

Prior to use this drug

It is recommended not to take Seroquel if you have an allergy to quetiapine.

People suffering from mental illness or depression may contemplate suicide. Certain young people may experience an increased risk of suicide when they first begin treatment for depression. Keep attentive to any changes in your mood or symptoms. Family members or caregivers must also be aware of unexpected changes in your behavior.

To ensure that Seroquel is suitable for you, inform your doctor if you've previously had:

  • A reaction to the nervous system that occurs with the use of antipsychotic medications;
  • Heart disease heart disease, stroke, or stroke
  • Long QT syndrome (in the case of you as well as a relative);
  • The imbalance of electrolytes (such as low levels of potassium in the blood and magnesium);
  • Blood pressure, blood pressure, or lower blood pressure;
  • Low white blood cell (WBC) count;
  • Unusual thyroid test results or high prolactin levels;
  • An enlarged prostate, constipation, or urinary issues;
  • A seizure;
  • Glaucoma or cataracts
  • Diabetes (in the relative member);
  • High cholesterol or triglycerides;
  • The liver condition.

Seroquel could cause an increase in the likelihood of dying for older adults suffering from mental health problems that are related to dementia.

The use of antipsychotic medications during the last three months of pregnancy can cause serious issues for the baby. As soon as you become pregnant, notify your physician immediately. Do not stop taking the prescribed medications without first consulting with them.It might be difficult for you to fall pregnant if you are taking Seroquel.

If you're pregnant and you are a registered mother, your name could be added to the registry for pregnancy to monitor how quetiapine affects you and your child.Consult your doctor to determine whether it is safe to breastfeed while taking this medicine.

How to take Seroquel?

Take Seroquel as directed by your physician. Follow the directions on your prescription label, and go through all the medication guides or instructions sheets.You can use Seroquel either with or without food; however, use it the same way every time.Suck the tablet completely, and make sure you don't chew, crush, or break it.Your blood might require frequent testing as well as other tests for medical reasons.

Your blood pressure might require checking regularly.Don't stop taking Seroquel abruptly, as your condition could get worse or you may experience uncomfortable symptoms (such as sleep problems, nausea, and vomiting). Talk to your doctor prior to taking Seroquel off.

Quetiapine can cause false results in the urine test for drug screening. Inform the lab personnel that you take this medication.Place it in a cool, dry place far from heat and moisture.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do not take the medicine for as long as you can. However, it would be prudent to avoid taking an additional missed dose if your next scheduled one is close by. Don't have two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

For medical emergencies, seek emergency medical attention or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Don't drink alcohol. Risky side effects can occur.Do not get up too quickly from lying or sitting in a position where you get dizzy. Avoid driving or doing any hazardous activity until you are aware of how Seroquel affects your health. Drowsiness can lead to accidents, falls, or serious injuries.

Avoid getting dehydrated or too hot when exercising, during the heat, or simply due to not drinking enough fluids. Drink plenty of fluids while you take Seroquel.


Patients suffering from depression and mental illnesses could contemplate suicide. Young people might experience more suicidal thoughts after taking Seroquel. Talk to your doctor right away whenever you notice abrupt changes in your mood or behavior. You may also have thoughts about suicide.

Quetiapine could raise the chance of death in people who are older and have mental health problems that are related to Alzheimer's disease.

Interaction with other drugs

There are times when it's not recommended to take certain medications in conjunction with other medications. Certain drugs may affect the blood levels of other medications you take, which could cause more side effects or make the medications less effective.

Quetiapine may cause serious heart issues. The risk is more likely if you take various other drugs for asthma, infections, heart conditions, high blood pressure, mental illness, depression, malaria, cancer, or HIV.

Inform your doctor about all other medications, particularly:

  • The medication for asthma bronchodilators;
  • Cold or allergy medications (Benadryl and others);
  • Medication to treat an overactive bladder;
  • Medication for treating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease treatment for Parkinson's disease
  • Medicine to treat stomach disorders, motion sickness, or IBS

This list isn't complete, and a variety of other medications could be incompatible with quetiapine. This includes over-the-counter and prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all drugs are listed here.



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