Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate)
What is Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate) used for?
Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate) is a type of antipsychotic medication that is used to treat the symptoms of mental conditions such as manic depressive disorder (bipolar disorder) and schizophrenia. This drug is a type of medication known as an atypical antipsychotic. It works by helping to change the activity of certain natural chemicals in the brain, which may also reduce hallucinations and improve feelings of positivity towards one's self. It is also useful in helping to prevent rapid changes in mood (mood swings).
How should I use Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate) tablets must be taken orally. This drug may be taken with or without food. Adult patients are sometimes directed to take this medication 1 to 3 times per day, however the exact dosage varies depending on the condition being treated and the patient's response to treatment. Patients should always consult their physician before taking this medication so that the correct amount can be prescribed. Patients may initially be prescribed a low dosage, which may then be gradually increased depending on their response to treatment. It is important to note, however that it may take a few weeks for the full benefits of this drug to be noticed. Patients should never abruptly discontinue taking this medication unless told to do so by their physician, as this may cause withdrawal symptoms.
What are the side effects of Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
Some side effects which may be noticed by patients taking Seroquin (Quetiapine Fumarate) include:
Consult your physician immediately if any of the above mentioned side effects persist or worsen, or if you notice changes in behavior or mood, uncontrolled muscle movements, severe vomiting, fever symptoms, tremors or sores around the mouth.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Seroquin (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.
This medication may slightly increase the risk of potentially fatal heart problems in older adults. Consult your physician to discuss all the possible risks of taking this medication.
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.