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User Reviews for Quetiapine to treat Schizophrenia

Also known as: Seroquel, Seroquel XR

Quetiapine has an average rating of 6.9 out of 10 from a total of 67 ratings for the treatment of Schizophrenia. 58% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 25% reported a negative effect.

Quetiapine Rating Summary

6.9/10 average rating

67 ratings from 70 user reviews.

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Reviews for Quetiapine

Mrmeds August 29, 2019

Seroquel (quetiapine): “This drug has really helped me with the voices and the paranoia. I have been on it for nearly 3 years. I have been on pretty much every antipsychotic there is and have been dealing with this illness for a long, long time. The downside is that you will gain weight. I have lost some of it by reducing calories and taking metformin. Walking seems to help too. If you do take this one, stay as active as you can to avoid diabetes because as my psychiatrist told me "It will happen eventually" Also, I adopted a vegatarian diet to help lower other risks with this one. The other downside is that it can make you very tired. I take 400mg at night and 75mg in the morning and another 75mg in the afternoon. I still hear voices and don't want to be around other people but it is much more manageable and I can at least have some kind of life. To be honest, I probably would have killed myself if it were not for this drug. I am surprised I even wrote this as I am a very paranoid person.”

10 / 10
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Winterviolet · Taken for less than 1 month November 27, 2019

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I started 100 mg of Seroquel after Abilify failed at managing my symptoms. On Abilify I was waking with constant anxiety and restless leg syndrome. Once I started taking Seroquel anxiety and restless leg syndrome disappeared and I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in a long time. The first week I was tired but after that passed it’s been nothing but a sense of inner peace and calmness. So happy I tried this medicine again. I think the dose of 100 mg is a perfect dose for me.”

10 / 10
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123 · Taken for 5 to 10 years June 4, 2020

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I used to take this drug Seroquel for 7 years. The only side effects I had was sleeping too much, no way to wake up in the morning and "still sleeping" for 1st hour of being awake. Once I threw up breakfast because my body was just not working yet. And I was always putting guilt on me, because I didn't know that this is pill side effect. I used to think I am lazy, because I couldn't wake up. When having job, I always needed someone who woke me up, because I always turned off the alarm unaware, while sleeping. Only now when I changed pills and can normally wake up I see that I am not lazy and I am very happy for that fact! Another side effect was muscles cramps in legs - when I went to bed, I couldn't stay still, I had to move my legs because of some weird "muscle tightens". This happened occasionally. The side effects were not so terrible. It didn't do any harm to mind and emotions.”

8 / 10
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Cutie Boots · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 23, 2020

Seroquel (quetiapine): “My son has autism and anxiety. He started experiencing psychosis/auditory hallucinations at age 18...so bad he would yell and get very angry. We have started Seroquel, on it over 2 months now, some improvement but not great. His doc has now upped it from 25mg and we are now 500 mg. Along with Mirtazipine and Ativan for sleep. Hoping we can stay ahead of of his episodes instead of chasing them. I’ll give an update. Super helpful to read others reviews. praying we see some good results.”

7 / 10
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Suraya Jada · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 13, 2018

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I've been taking Seroquel for a long time. It destroyed my life. It's addictive because when you stop taking it you'll never be able to sleep again. There's no getting off of it. I sleep in till 2 to 5 pm every day. I'm sluggish all day. It never helped with any of my symptoms of schizophrenia. It makes me crave sugar immensely. This drug is very dangerous. You have to be very careful when taking it. Don't drive or be around people you don't know or trust. Let's just say I could sleep through anything. This drug should be illegal even if it does help some people with their mental illness. There are other things people can take. Risperdal for example does wonders for me. I'm working with my doctor on getting off of Seroquel. I didn't do it sooner because I'm so sick I can barely accomplish anything really. I just want to say to all schizophrenics I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry that NOBODY has any idea of what's happening to you.”

1 / 10
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Otto · Taken for 5 to 10 years April 17, 2020

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I've had a lot of side effects caused by this drug I never knew it was caused by this drug, I had high blood pressure, terrible gas last for days, muscle cramps, seizures I gained 60 lbs or more imbalance drug for 5 years or more I would not recommend it for anybody”

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Phoenix Man · Taken for 10 years or more July 19, 2021

Seroquel XR (quetiapine): “Seroquel XR saved my life. But, at a heavy price. Numb, zombie like existence, no emotions, flat affect, morbid obesity. It takes hours and multiple cups of coffee to wake up...etc. But it has kept me safe by keeping me out of the psych ward.”

9 / 10
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wordsguy · Taken for less than 1 month April 23, 2021

Seroquel (quetiapine): “In the four years I've had schizophrenia I've never really had relief from symptoms despite much effort in finding a good medication and numerous hospitalizations. I honestly felt like a hopeless case seeing as I've been on Invega, Zyprexa, Abilify, Clozaril, Rexulti, Loxapine, and Resperidol. Every single one of these medications made me extremely tired. I would sleep for days only to get up to have a meal or use the washroom in some cases I was sleeping 23 hours a day.. but then I tried Seroquel XR. Within days I started feeling alive again and didn't even get the sleepiness side effect. I feel so calm and clear on this drug. I now have days where I'm completely in reality and not a thing could bother me or upset/trigger me. This medication was a literal life saver, an unexpected one too.”

10 / 10
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Bazzzaaa1 · Taken for 10 years or more January 4, 2016

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I've been taking seroquel for 17 years . I am diagnosed as schizophrenic but for the last 10 years I have had very little symptoms. After 6 years of being shifted from one med to another all of which made me feel awful, made me put on weight and had no effect on my condition.I was happy to be put on seroquel purely because I felt normal but still had very little effect on my symptoms. I was very reluctant to change meds again so stuck with it . I had my energy back and was getting out exercising and started to loose the weight I'd put on . The schizophrenia was still there but at least I was getting a break from just sitting there with it. It took a while but after 2-3 years the symptoms started to decrease and just kept on decreasing .”

9 / 10
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Chocolate overload · Taken for less than 1 month January 30, 2021

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I was put on this drug in January 2013 when I was 16 and in October 2008 when I was 12. I have schizophrenia and when I first took this back in middle school I don't remember any negative effects but weight gain I ended up being 150 lbs at 5'1 in March of 2009 at age 12 so we stopped it and I lost 17 lbs. in 2013 I was prescribed this and good God I felt awful! I couldn't keep my eyes open at school, I had severe akathisia and was ravenously hungry! I knew it was the medicine because I wasn't dumb so they took me off. I ended up going from 145 to 190 in a damn month all because of this crappy medicine. This, haldol, risperidone and latuda are the worst antipsychotics ever gave to me. I'm on depakote, Zoloft and zyprexa now and no negative side effects except for nausea. Never taking seroquel again”

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Coryman616 · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 25, 2018

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I was on Seroquel for years for my schizophrenia. It did work really good, kept my psychosis down, kept me in reality. Really helped get rid of the voices although I did still hear some. Unfortunately I had to be taken off of Seroquel due to the damage it was causing to my liver. If it wasn't for the negative side effects it would have been the perfect medication for me.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous September 24, 2010

Seroquel (quetiapine): “Seroquel was a God send for me. I've been on it for 7 years and its the best medication I've been on for hallucinations and the voices I heard on a daily basis. It does however make me extremely tired so I take it half hour before I go to bed. I did get a little weight gain but I would rather have weight gain than hearing voices and seeing things any day. Amazing medication.”

10 / 10
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ITrustWeedMore · Taken for less than 1 month December 24, 2020

Seroquel (quetiapine): “The first couple of Days I took seroquel, I was more or less a zombie. I was given the drug for multiple suicide attempts because of a severe depression. At day 8 I had the worst manic episode I have ever had in my life, I had no control over what happened and I had trouble breathing. My mild Schizophrenia have since worsened and I experience more hallucinations than I ever have before. This drug is NOT recommended in my opinion.”

1 / 10
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Lana girl · Taken for 5 to 10 years May 28, 2017

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I take 300mg. It's been 5 years. I was on higher doses, once up to 900 mg. My delusions never went away, but I can control my thoughts better. I think of something delusional, but I don't follow the train of thought. Since I started a serious relationship 2 years ago, I have been working on my anger and paranoia that he would hurt me. It's harder to control my emotions. Right now, I have a outrageous story in my head about him, but after reading the posts on this website, I know these feelings aren't new. I've felt them with my own family. I'm going to a National Alliance of Mental health Illness (NAMI) meeting soon to get support about how lonely it can feel to be exhausted. I pray in the morning to help my negative feelings and meditate at night to be present.”

9 / 10
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Corksters · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 1, 2014

Seroquel (quetiapine): “Seroquel- Out of Risperdal, Zyprexa, Trilafon, Abilify, Haldol, and Geodon, Seroquel is by far the best one. At lower doses, it is good for anxiety. You don't feel like a zombie on it. Obviously it helps you sleep, but at lower doses you won't be sleepy or if you just take it at bed time. Abilify and Haldol turned me into a complete zombie it was terrible. Risperdal had sexual side effects and of course the breast growth issue, but I would say Risperdal is the second best one behind Seroquel. Haldol and Abilify help paranoia big time but they also exasperate anxiety, definitely stay away from those. Geodon and Zyprexa are worse than those medicines. Geodon made me disoriented, helpless, still very paranoid. Zyprexa is probably the second worst.”

8 / 10
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Boo’s Mom · Taken for 1 to 2 years February 2, 2018

Seroquel (quetiapine): “My daughter began taking 400mg of Seroquel when she was 17 years old. The first year she gained over 40 pounds. Her doctor recognized that the weight gain was contributing to her depression. He prescribed Topamax. My understanding is that Topamax is normally used to treat seizures but this medication also helps with impulsivity (which she struggles with as well). A side effect is that it’s an appetite suppressant, or at least that’s how it effects my daughter. She currently takes 100 mg a day and is back down to her regular weight. I hope others can safely be prescribe this medication if their doctors find it appropriate.”

8 / 10
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Meghan1987bezanso September 4, 2016

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I was prescribed Seroquel for PTSD. Never again. 25 mg, I had the worst panic attack if my life, I could barely walk, but I was so scared I kept trying to run around. It was horrible. I went absolutely crazy then passed out hard. Not my kind of medication. My mother inlaw takes 250 mg a day for schizophrenia, she has for six months now, so far it is not helping her delusions, hallucinations, paranoia. She was told to take it at supper time and seemed drunk and sedated all evening. She now takes it at bed time but it is not helping her. :(”

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country mom · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 21, 2013

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I was prescribed this for paranoid Psychosis and depression. At first I was to take a half of a 100mg tablet at night for a week then raise to the whole pill. After taking the half the first night at eight and feeling drunk I decided this might not be for me so I cut the half in half and take a quarter pill a night. It has helped me sleep and seems to curve my over thinking things and thinking that every comment or conversation on social media is about me. I think also by getting off social media altogether it also helped my situation. But overall good medication, it's the only thing I take.”

7 / 10
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Paranoid Schizophrenic · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 18, 2017

Seroquel (quetiapine): “Out of all the anti-psychotics I have taken, Seroquel makes me feel the most normal! I was on put on Geodon originally in 2012 when I had my first psychotic break. The Geodon made me gain 60 lb eventually caused insomnia, binge eating, and heavy drinking. Drugs like Fanapt and Lutuda made me more depressed/mind rush. I was put on Seroquel in 2015. My binge eating disorder continued, and I gained 40 lbs that year :/. It made me feel a million times better than Geodon though. I was able to stop popping Xanax and klonopin everyday. I eventually stopped binge eating in October, 2016 and lost the 40lbs. Currently I take 600mg of seroquel and 100mg of Zoloft, and .5 mg of Xanax at night as needed to quiet my thoughts.”

10 / 10
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RG33 March 22, 2017

Seroquel (quetiapine): “The drug made me gain weight and become depressed which I was never before using of the drug. I now have an addiction that I can't beat. I would probably sue them for not warning me about the drugs addictive properties. I think this drug may help some people. However people have a right to be informed about what they are getting into.”

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saphire · Taken for less than 1 month April 26, 2018

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I took one pill 50 mg I was in such a deep sleep my children could not wake me up even the next morning I felt like I was drugged I slept the entire day away. You can forget about driving on this stuff two days later I still felt the affects of the drug.”

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Samantha554444 May 25, 2017

Seroquel (quetiapine): “This medication was given to me free at my first visit to my psychiatrist. He assured me that he hasn't heard of any adverse side effects. Well this stuff put my entire body into extreme shock. I did not drink alcohol, I don't do drugs, don't smoke, and took proper dosage as prescribed. I was rushed to the hospital on this stuff, first dose. It was like my entire body on the inside was constantly being shocked with electricity and outside I literally could not move or even sit up. My body was shaking and felt freezing and had the feeling of being bruised. Took about 6 to 8 hours to wear off. Did not take again.”

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zaiyd&lola · Taken for 1 to 2 years December 6, 2014

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I'm been on Seroquel since been diagnosed (now 18 months). Started taking 50g but now I'm on 100g. I've got to the point on this medication that the side effects are too much. Constantly tired. Feel very vague. My memory is terrible. I'm starting to forget about things I've already done. Still very paranoid. Also I'm still having panic attacks. So for me, it's time to move on and try something new (Olanzapine).”

6 / 10
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Correlation · Taken for 5 to 10 years December 11, 2012

Seroquel (quetiapine): “I take a dose of 600mg at night time (because it makes me sleep). I wish that I could take less because I don't like that it makes me so tired but I need it to stay sane. I've been on it for 5 years and I used to sleep about 12 hours but now it's down to 9. The good thing about Seroquel is that I have only sleeping as a side effect. I have been on other meds and had everything, dry mouth, blurred vision, drooling, constipation, you name it, I had it. So Seroquel is at least good for that. The only bad thing in the last 2 years I have noticed over-thinking and like a conversation going on in my head but I cant find a good medicine and I don't want to increase Seroquel because of the sleepiness”

8 / 10
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Chris778 · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 5, 2013

Seroquel XR (quetiapine): “From the age of eleven to seventeen, I lost touch to reality, no doctor could figure out what was wrong with me cause I didn't tell my real problems. I was living in an imaginary world. At the age of seventeen I was finally able to express some of my problems, and got started on Seroquel XR, day by day I had the feeling of becoming normal again, and regained the control over my own life. I still have issues from all the problems that involved my past, but I can truly say that I got control back. I truly think Seroquel XR saved my life.”

9 / 10
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