Seroquel

(quetiapine)

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Helps control your thoughts and mood.

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Seroquel (quetiapine) is a effective at treating schizophrenia, mania, and depression but it can cause weight gain and high blood glucose levels.

Quick facts about Seroquel
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (quetiapine)
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Upsides

  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) has fewer side effects than most antipsychotic medications.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is less likely to cause heart problems compared to some other antipsychotics.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is also the least likely to cause Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS) – a movement disorder that causes stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.

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Downsides

  • Seroquel (quetiapine) has a moderate to high risk of weight gain, elevated cholesterol and/or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how Seroquel (quetiapine) is affecting your body.

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How it works

Seroquel (quetiapine) is an atypical antipsychotic that changes dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which can affect thoughts and mood.

Quick facts about Seroquel
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (quetiapine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
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What to expect when you take Seroquel (quetiapine) for Schizophrenia

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Side effect rates for Seroquel (quetiapine)

From 399 clinical trials of Seroquel when taken for adjunct therapy for bipolar i disorder (mania)
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Tremor
  • Stomach pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Agitation

Risks and Warnings for Seroquel (quetiapine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis

    Older patients with dementia-related psychosis have a higher risk of death when treated with antipsychotic medications. Seroquel (quetiapine) is not approved to treat dementia-related psychosis.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Seroquel (quetiapine)

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Food
  • Take the extended release pill at night time, without food, or with a light meal.
Sleep
  • Use caution when driving, operating machinery or performing harzardous activities; as Seroquel (quetiapine) can cause low blood pressure, shakiness, dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Reviewed Seroquelon 3/3/2017Makes you tired all the time
    16
    Woman
    A month or so
    Depression
  • Reviewed Seroquelon 6/25/2016Helped me sleep. Waking up in the morning was difficult at times.
    29
    Woman
    Depression
  • Reviewed Seroquelon 8/12/2016Makes you very drowsy, so it helps with sleep but can make you groggy in the morning
    25
    Woman
    Bipolar disorder
Weight
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) is moderately likely to increase your blood sugar and cholesterol, and cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat a balanced diet to lower this risk.
  • Seroquel (quetiapine) has a moderate to high risk of weight gain, elevated cholesterol and/or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Reviewed Seroquelon 8/29/2016It caused significant weight gain.
    30
    Man
    Bipolar disorder
  • Reviewed Seroquelon 6/12/2015Weight gain galore!!
    42
    Man
    A year or so
    Depression
  • Reviewed Seroquelon 7/10/2016Took 800mg per day, general anxiety level hugely increased, became agoraphobic, gained weight whilst only eating approx 1500 calories a day.
    26
    Man
    Schizophrenia