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Seroquel is a brand name of the antipsychotic medication known as Quetiapine. The drug is commonly used for the treatment of Schizophrenia in individuals who are at least 13 years of age. It can, however, be used as a single drug or in combination with other drugs for the treatment or prevention of:
Seroquel tablets come in various dosage strengths ranging from 25 mg - 400 mg. It also has an extended-release tablet known as Seroquel XR that comes in 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, and 400 mg strengths.
There are chemical substances (hormones) in the brain that help to regulate mood, thoughts, and behaviors. Examples of such chemicals are serotonin and dopamine. A physiologic balance in these hormones' levels is necessary for balanced moods, thoughts, and behavioral patterns.
People with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have lost this balance. However, Seroquel helps to maintain the balance in these hormones’ levels in the brain.
Before taking this medication, inform your doctor if you are allergic to Quetiapine fumarate. You also need to tell your doctor if you have a history of:
It is also important you let your doctor know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while using the drug.
Breastfeeding mothe00, 150, and 200 mg twice daily. Further dose adjustments should not exceed 600 mg per day.
Note: Dosage modifications are necessary for the elderly and patients suffering from liver impairment.
Common side effects of this drug include:
If the side effects persist, you should inform your doctor. Also, contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:
Seroquel interacts with over 20 disease conditions, over 600 drugs, and some alcohol and foods. Below are the disease conditions which the usage of Seroquel can affect:
Seroquel enhances the cognitive/motor effects of alcohol. Therefore, you should consume little to zero quantity of alcohol while on Seroquel therapy.
Some of the major drug interactions of Seroquel are listed below.
Seroquel should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture, and out of reach of children.