How old/new it is, side effects, is it addictive, etc...
What diagnoses it is prescribed for and how it works and interacts with other medications
Can you give me some info on Seroquel?
- 19 Jul 2010 by johnsont
- seroquel, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder, paranoid disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, side effect, borderline personality disorder, schizoaffective disorder
How old/new it is, side effects, is it addictive, etc...
19 Jul 2010
Hello, I take seroquel..it is not addictive at all.
Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) is a prescription medication that is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The drug is manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.
Seroquel belongs to a group of medications called atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known how Seroquel works in the treatment of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. However, it is known that the medication blocks or lessens the effects of several chemicals in the brain. These chemicals (such as dopamine and serotonin) may be elevated in people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression).
This medication is not a cure for bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. It only helps to control symptoms.
In previous clinical studies of Seroquel for the treatment of schizophrenia, people taking the drug experienced improvement in their schizophrenia symptoms (including hallucinations and suspiciousness) when compared to those not taking the drug.
Previous clinical studies have also shown it to be effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder. In these studies, the drug was effective for treating episodes of mania or depression and also helped prevent symptoms of bipolar disorder from returning. For bipolar depression episodes, Seroquel reduced suicidal thinking and improved the overall quality of life. For bipolar mania episodes, it helped to decrease the manic symptoms.
General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
Seroquel comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth one to three times a day. If you are taking the medication once a day, it is usually best to take it at bedtime.
You can take the medication with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
It should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels in your blood.
For the drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
The dosage that your Doctor recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
The medical condition being treated
The severity of your condition
Other medical conditions you may have
Other medications you may be currently taking.
Common side effects include
Some other common side effects
Indigestion or heartburn
Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
Irritated or runny nose
Serious Seroquel Side Effects which must be reported asap.
Signs of diabetes, such as high blood sugar, increased thirst, frequent urination, or extreme hunger
Large or rapid weight gain
Dizziness or fainting when going from a sitting or lying-down position to standing
Feelings of internal restless or jitteriness
Any abnormal muscle movements (these abnormal movements can become permanent if Seroquel is not stopped quickly)
Signs or symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which can include:
A high fever
Irregular pulse or blood pressure
An increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
Rare Seroquel Side Effects
Vertigo (a spinning sensation)
Increased or decreased sex drive
Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction or ED
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Low thyroid (hypothyroidism) or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
Seroquel tablets are available in the following strengths:
Seroquel 25 mg
I hope the information listed above helps you.
19 Jul 2010
SEREQUEL can be used as a mood stableizer also for sleep. It did not work for me I was neauseaus and had diaharria it also is know for gaining weight. It is different for everyone Personally it was not for me. Star reading persoonal experiences on line and you will learn alot about other peoples experiences. But it has several uses it is not only used for bi-polar or schizophrania. You can find alot of help on line. It is worth taking the time . Alot of other peoples experiences over years of experience really helps. Good luck and God Bless
28 Jan 2012
I took it as it really helped with sleep. Cymbalta I took in the morning, and Seroquel at night. I felt really slow and groggy for a few weeks and watched my eating patterns cos I had read about the weight gain. I exercised and when on a healthy eating plan and that helped with weight gain cos it does give you a huge appetite! But for insomnia it was a blessing. All the best.
20 Jul 2010
Ok is it you who will be taking it or a woman, or are you a woman john lol. The first time I was on the drug I stopped getting my periods. It did something to my hormones. Then the old fu... g doctor put me on it again during my pregnancy. I had a major allergic reaction to that drug, I was distonic, catatonic not to scare you. But people have different effects to all drugs. He wanted me to sleep. Its is used for bipolar, schitzerfrenia and sleep. This drug is not addictive. So the side effects that I had were abnormal. Please don't get on a high dosage of that stuff, doctors like to experiment with that drug. More than 300-400mg I'd say is too high of a dose.
20 Jul 2010
I just read where someone said that 300/400 was too high a dose. That might be for some people but I have to take 800mg so for some of us we need the higher dosage. I would talk to your doctor and see what he/she recommends for you. And my primary reason for having it so high is to help with me sleeping. I have to take it at 5p.m. to be able to get to sleep by 10p.m. and that gives me 10 hours of sleep. I do not wake up groggy but I am not naturally a morning person so it has always taken me a while to get going.
26 Jan 2012
Seroquel as already said is a 2nd generation anti psychotic. It is prescribed for symptoms related to schizophrenia, bipolar, and an off label use is sleep aide. The also use it as an aide to major depressive disorder. The biggest side effect that I found out personally is the weight gain. I could never be full. I actually gained 60 pounds on it. They didnt take me off it cause at the time i was very symptomatic and the seroquel was helping. It works in the brain on dopamine and serotonin which are neurotransmitters. Some one already has meantioned the interactions but if you ever have a question about that the pharmacist is a good person to go to.
30 Jul 2010
for me, I think it is a joke. I was put on it one time when a detox center wanted to take me off of xanax. Seroquil did nothing to decrease my anxiety as I could not sit still and had to keep walking the hallways of my condo building and not being able to go outside because without xanax, I have agoraphobia. Four hours after I had taken the seroquil, the anxiety got worse which sent me into the ER seven times, where they just kept upping the dose. I think its hilarious. Seroquil put me in the ER more times than Xanax has but they never increased my Xanax dose where instead they took it away from me .
29 Jan 2012
As you can see it helps a lot of people but when I was given Seroquel for major depression I had a psychoatic episode and was hospitalized for 6 months until they found a med that I could take that worked for me. Just be aware and write down how it is affecting you, good and bad side effects etc...
28 Jan 2012
Seroquel is to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Quetiapine tablets and extended-release tablets are also used alone or with other medications to treat or prevent episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited or irritated mood) or depression in patients with bipolar disorder (manic depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Quetiapine extended-release tablets are also used along with other medications to treat depression. Quetiapine tablets may be used as part of a treatment program to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in children. Quetiapine is in a class of medications called atypical antipsychotics. It works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain.
Take quetiapine at around the same time(s) every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take quetiapine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor will probably start you on a low dose of quetiapine and gradually increase your dose during the first week of your treatment
It may take several weeks or longer for you to feel the full benefit of quetiapine. Continue to take quetiapine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking quetiapine without talking to your doctor. If you suddenly stop taking quetiapine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Your doctor will probably want to decrease your dose gradually.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
You should know that quetiapine may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery and take precautions to avoid falls until you know how this medication affects you.
You should know that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this medication. Do not drink alcohol while taking quetiapine.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms while you are taking quetiapine: extreme thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, or weakness. It is very important to call your doctor as soon as you have any of these symptoms, because high blood sugar can cause a serious condition called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis may become life-threatening if it is not treated at an early stage. Symptoms of ketoacidosis include: dry mouth, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, breath that smells fruity, and decreased consciousness.
You should know that quetiapine may make it harder for your body to cool down when it gets very hot. While you are taking quetiapine, you should avoid excessive exercise, stay inside as much as possible and dress lightly in hot weather, stay out of the sun, and drink plenty of fluids.
You should know that quetiapine may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. This is more common when you first start taking quetiapine and when your dose is increased. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.
Be sure to drink plenty of water every day while you are taking this medication.
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
pain in the joints, back, neck, or ears
stomach pain or swelling
excessive weight gain
difficulty thinking or concentrating
difficulty speaking or using language
loss of coordination
numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms or legs
missed menstrual periods
breast enlargement in males
discharge from the breasts
decreased sexual desire or ability
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING or SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS section, call your doctor immediately:
changes in vision
uncontrollable movements of your arms, legs, tongue, face, or lips
painful erection of the penis that lasts for hours
muscle stiffness, pain, or weakness
fast or irregular heartbeat
unusual bleeding or bruising
sore throat, fever, chills, difficult or painful urination and other signs of infection
tightening of the neck muscles or the throat
tongue sticking out
difficulty breathing or swallowing
Quetiapine may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
You will need to have eye exams to check for cataracts at the beginning of your treatment and every six months during your treatment.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
Symptoms of overdose may include:
Thank you for asking this question, johnsont! I learned a lot about this med. I took it years ago and the only side affect I had was weight gain. Otherwise, it was a wonder med.
I pray you find the answers to your questions. The people on this site are very informative and we will help you in any way we can.
Take care, johnsont!
- Seroquel Information for Consumers
- Seroquel Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Seroquel (detailed)
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