Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)
What is Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) used for?
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and manic depressive disorder, also known as bipolar disorder. It is often used with antidepressant medications to treat depression in adults. This antipsychotic drug works by altering the actions of certain chemicals in the brain. This drug has sometimes been used by patients to treat other psychiatric or mental disorders.
How should I use Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) tablets are taken orally, with or without food. You may be instructed to take this drug 1 to 3 times per day. It is important to note that the exact dosage may vary depending on the severity of the condition being treated, and patients should always consult their physician prior to taking this medication so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. Your physician may start you out on a low dosage and gradually increase your dosage. Patients should note that it can take several weeks before the full benefits of this drug are noticed. You should never abruptly cease taking this drug, as this may cause withdrawal symptoms. Your dosage may instead need to be slowly decreased by your physician.
What are the side effects of Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
Some side effects which have been reported by patients taking Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) include:
Patients may also notice an increase in appetite or weight. Consult your physician immediately if any side effect persists or worsens, or if you notice changes in behavior, muscle stiffness, severe nausea, persistent vomiting, signs of fever, a fast pounding heartbeat, shakiness, involuntary bodily movements or sores inside the mouth or on the lips.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Consult your physician immediately if you have any suicidal thoughts.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.