Seroquel, part of the class of antipsychotics, is used in order to treat schizophrenia, mania, and depressive episodes which may occur as a result of bipolar disorder. This medication has also to be used in order to treat depression as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in adolescents and children.
Seroquel is available in both an extended-release tablet as well as regular tablet form. The instructions on the prescriptions should be followed in entirety and the pharmacist or physician should be asked if any questions arise.
A low dose of Seroquel will probably be prescribed initially with the amount gradually increasing after the first couple of weeks. Keep in mind that the medication will help to alleviate symptoms of the condition but is not a curative measure. It could take a while for the medication to take effect and you should continue with your recommended dosage even if symptoms are no longer present.
If you immediately stop taking Seroquel, it is possible that you may experience symptoms of withdrawal such as vomiting, nausea, as well as problem with sleeping. The dosage will most likely be decreased gradually.
Before you begin taking the medication, inform your doctor if you have:
• Allergies to Seroquel or other medications that have similar ingredients. You should make sure that you request a complete list of ingredients from your doctor of pharmacist.
• Been taking any other medications including nonprescriptions, prescriptions, herbs, vitamins, and nutritional supplements or if you are planning on taking any of these items.
• Anyone in your family who has had or does have diabetes.
• Been using recreational drugs or have abused prescription medications.
• Been experiencing diarrhea, nausea, dehydration, seizures, low white blood cell count, cataracts, high cholesterol, low or high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks, thyroid disease, liver disease, heart disease, or breast cancer.
• Been trying to become pregnant, are pregnant, or are current breastfeeding. If you are taking Seroquel and become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
Possible side effects of Seroquel include:
• Dry mouth
• Joint pain
• Swelling and/or pain in the stomach
• Weight gain
• Increase in appetite
• Breast discharge
• Difficulty concentrating and thinking
• Decreased libido
• Excessive sweating
• Problems with vision
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