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.

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

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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  • Possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight gain
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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
    34%34%
    9%9%
  • Dry mouth
    19%19%
    3%3%
  • Headache
    17%17%
    13%13%
  • Weakness
    10%10%
    4%4%
  • Constipation
    10%10%
    5%5%
  • Dizziness
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Tremor
    8%8%
    7%7%
  • Stomach pain
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Low blood pressure
    7%7%
    2%2%
  • Agitation
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Weight gain
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Sore throat
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Back pain
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Stiffness/difficulty moving
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Hay fever
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Twitching
    4%4%
    1%1%
  • Indigestion
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Depression
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Lazy eye
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Speech disorder
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Low blood pressure
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Altered hormone levels
    3%3%
  • Heaviness
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Fever
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • High blood pressure
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Increased heart rate
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Increased appetite
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Hypothyroidism
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Incoordination
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Abnormal thinking
    2%2%
  • Anxiety
    2%2%
  • Loss of control of movements
    2%2%
  • Sinus infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Sweating
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Urinary Tract Infection
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Seroquel.

Seroquel (quetiapine)
Placebo

People taking Seroquel felt side effect more

People taking Seroquel felt side effect less

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

Seroquel (quetiapine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats depression in adults for whom antidepressants alone do not provide sufficient relief.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats depression in adults for whom antidepressants alone do not provide sufficient relief.

Common concerns from people taking Seroquel (quetiapine)

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Alcohol
  • Not sure
    Low hassle
    Reviewed SeroquelDrinking alcohol whilst on this medication can lead to "black outs"... and you can wake up the next day in fear/panicking but not knowing why (a sense of dread). Also, it gives you seroquel munchies. the munchies are very real!!!!!
    25
    Woman
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed SeroquelNo alcohol, take at a regular time in the evening
    59
    Man
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.
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed SeroquelMakes you super drowsy so take it at night and sometimes follows into the next morning. I call it the seroquel hangover. Don't stay up too late after you take it because you will eat everything in sight. I call that the seroquel munchies :)
    24
    Woman
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Seroquelon 8/23/2017Please ladies check the effects on fertility because I wasn't even told. Also severe drowsiness.
    28
    Woman
    A few months
    Depression
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Seroquelon 6/14/2017Try your best to stay very active while on it! It caused me severe drowsiness and huge weight gain. I gained 83 pounds in 11 months.
    25
    Man
    A year or so
    Schizophrenia
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.
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Seroquelon 8/29/2016It caused significant weight gain.
    30
    Man
    Bipolar disorder
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed quetiapineon 9/30/2017Weight gain constant hunger watch out!
    43
    Woman
    Two years or more
    Bipolar disorder
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Seroquelon 8/17/2017I gained 25KG in one year from it and the weight gain has ruined my self esteem which is counter productive
    21
    Woman
    A year or so
    Depression