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What is Seroquel?

  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is a psychotropic drug that is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and adolescents aged 13 and up. Seroquel is also used to treat bipolar disorder and severe depression. It is an atypical antipsychotic drug that is used to treat anxiety, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder. It is marketed under the brand names Seroquel and others.
    1. Seroquel Uses
    2. Seroquel Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Overdose
    5. Storage
    6. Seroquel vs Zyprexa
    7. Frequently Asked Questions
    8. Citations

    Seroquel Uses:

  • This medicine is used to treat a number of psychiatric and mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, sudden episodes of mania, or depression associated with bipolar disorder). Seroquel is an antipsychotic medicine (atypical type). It functions by assisting in the restoration of the brain's normal chemical equilibrium (neurotransmitters). This drug will help you focus and reduce hallucinations. It assists you in thinking more objectively and positively about yourself, becoming less stressed, and engaging more actively in daily life. It can also help with mood, sleep, appetite, and energy. Seroquel may help avoid or minimize the frequency of mood swings.
  • What is Seroquel?

    • Before you start taking Seroquel, read the Prescription Guide and the Patient Information Leaflet, as well as each time you get a refill.
    • Take this medicine orally, usually 2 or 3 times a day, with or without food, as instructed by your doctor. Take this drug by mouth as prescribed by your doctor for the treatment of depression associated with bipolar disorder, normally once a day at bedtime.
    • The dosage is dictated by your medical condition, treatment reaction, and any other drugs you're taking. Make a list of all the medications you use and give it to your doctor and pharmacist.
    • Your doctor may encourage you to begin taking this medication at a low dose and gradually raise it to reduce the risk of side effects. Carefully follow the doctor's orders. To get the most advantage from this drug, take it on a daily basis.
    • Do not raise your dosage or take this medicine more often or for longer than recommended. Your condition will not change much sooner, and you will be more vulnerable to side effects.
    • Even if you feel well, continue taking this drug. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine without first consulting with your doctor. When this medication is unexpectedly stopped, some conditions can worsen. You can also experience sleep issues, nausea, headaches, diarrhea, and irritability. To minimize side effects, the dosage can need to be progressively reduced. Any new or deteriorating symptoms should be reported right away.

    Seroquel Side Effects:

    • Mood or behavior changes
    • Constipation
    • Stomach pain
    • Upset stomach
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Drowsiness
    • Dizziness
    • Lightheadedness
    • Tiredness
    • Headache
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Dry mouth
    • Sore throat
    • Breast swelling or discharge
    • Missed menstrual periods
    • Increased appetite
    • Weight gain


    • If you are allergic to Seroquel or have some other reactions, notify your doctor or pharmacist before taking it. Inactive ingredients can be found in this product, triggering allergic reactions or other issues.
    • Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following medical conditions: cataracts in the eyes, liver disease, low white blood cell count (including a history of decreased white blood cells count caused by medications), difficulty swallowing, seizure disorder, thyroid issues, stomach or intestinal blockage (such as extreme constipation, bowel obstruction), stomach/intestines that are not moving before taking this drug.
    • This medication might cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. You can feel dizzy or sleepy if you ingest alcohol or marijuana (cannabis). Don’t drive, operate tools or machinery, or perform any other activity that requires alertness, safety, or clear vision until you are sure you can do so safely. Alcoholic drinks should be avoided.
    • Seroquel has been linked to a heart rhythm disorder (QT prolongation). QT prolongation might cause fast or irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (including extreme dizziness and fainting) that require urgent medical attention.
    • If you have any health conditions or are taking any other medications that might induce QT prolongation, the risk of QT prolongation may be increased. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any of your medications and whether you have any of the following conditions before taking Seroquel: certain heart problems (heart failure, sluggish heartbeat, family history of certain heart problems.
    • Certain side effects, such as elevated blood pressure or increased prolactin, may be more common in children when taking this drug (see also Side Effects section).
    • The drug's side effects, especially drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, and QT prolongation, may be more severe in older adults (see above). Drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness will make you more vulnerable to falling.
    • This drug should only be taken during pregnancy if prescribed by your doctor. Symptoms such as muscle weakness or shakiness, drowsiness, feeding/breathing difficulties, or constant crying may occur in babies born to mothers who used this medication during the last three months of pregnancy. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn, particularly during the first month.
    • This drug will move into breast milk and cause problems for a nursing baby. If your baby shows symptoms like muscle weakness or shakiness, unusual sleepiness, or trouble eating, call your doctor right away. Before breastfeeding, talk to your doctor.


    • A variety of medications, including amiodarone, moxifloxacin, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol, and thioridazine, can cause QT prolongation in addition to Seroquel.
    • Other medications can interfere with the removal of Seroquel from your body, causing Seroquel to work differently. azole antifungals (such as itraconazole and ketoconazole), rifamycins (such as rifampin), and epilepsy medications (such as phenytoin) are only a few examples.
    • All of your medications (such as allergy or cough-and-cold remedies) should be tested for ingredients that cause drowsiness.
    • Certain laboratory tests (including urine tests) can be impaired by this drug, resulting in incorrect test results. Make sure your physicians are aware that you are taking this medicine.


  • If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, seek medical advice. Do not take more.
  • Missed Dose:

  • If you forget to take any dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is already near to the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at regular intervals of time. Do not double the dose.
  • Storage:

  • Store Seroquel at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications far away from kids. Don’t flush medications down the toilet or pour them into the drainage.
  • Seroquel vs Zyprexa:

    Seroquel (quetiapine) is effective in treating schizophrenia, mania, and depression, although it can lead to weight gain and high blood sugar. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is effective for the treatment of psychosis, mania, and anxiety, although it is more likely than most antipsychotics to induce weight gain and sleepiness.
    When compared to other antipsychotics, Seroquel (quetiapine) has a moderate to high risk of weight gain, elevated cholesterol, or blood sugar. In contrast to other antipsychotics, it is more likely to induce weight gain and boost cholesterol or blood sugar levels.
    Seroquel (quetiapine) is an antipsychotic drug that helps people with psychotic symptoms and manic spells. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is very effective for treating psychosis, mania, and anxiety, although it is more likely than most antipsychotics to induce weight gain and sleepiness.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    This medicine is used to treat a number of psychiatric and mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, sudden episodes of mania, or depression associated with bipolar disorder). Seroquel is an antipsychotic medicine (atypical type).
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved Seroquel for the treatment of insomnia. It is, however, often administered off-label as a short-term sleep aid due to its sedative effects.
    Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children aged 13 and up. Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug used to treat bipolar disorder (manic depression) in adults and children aged 10 and up. Seroquel is also used to manage major depressive disorder in adults when paired with antidepressant medication.
    Two recent studies indicate that the antipsychotic medication Seroquel can aid in the treatment of major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Seroquel has also obtained FDA approval for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness).
    Seroquel is a second-generation antipsychotic that also activates the H1 and 2A histamine receptors. Its sedative effects are believed to be due to this, which is why it's used off-label for insomnia.
    One of the most common side effects of Seroquel (generic name Seroquel) is that it makes people sleepy. Many physicians prescribe it as a sleeping pill for this purpose, and sometimes at the same dosage as you do — 50 mg.
    Seroquel, like other related drugs, can raise the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in young adults, with the risk being greater in those under the age of 25. Seroquel’s extended-release should not be granted to those under the age of eighteen.
    Seroquel is a schizophrenia drug that acts in the brain. It's also known as an atypical antipsychotic or a second-generation antipsychotic (SGA). Seroquel enhances thought, mood, and actions by rebalancing dopamine and serotonin.
    The evidence for Seroquel qualifies it as a bimodal mood stabilizer based on its proven efficacy in the treatment of bipolar mania and depression, according to a liberal concept.
    Insomnia is treated with Seroquel (quetiapine) and Ambien (zolpidem). Ambien is primarily used to treat insomnia, while Seroquel is used to treat insomnia off-label.


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