Seroquel is also known as Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic medicine that can be used in the treatment of the bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia.
Seroquel was developed in the year 1985 and is approved for medical use in the United States in the year 1997. This medicine was the 59th most commonly prescribed medication with more than 12 million prescriptions and is available as a generic medication. Seroquel may enhance the risk of death in older adults who have the problem of dementia-related psychosis so it is not approved by the FDA in psychotic conditions related to dementia. This medicine is store at room temperature that is protected from heat and moisture.
Seroquel is used in the treatment of certain mental conditions such as bipolar disorder, depression linked with bipolar disorder, and sudden episodes of mania. It is also known as anti-psychotic medicine and works by helping for restoring the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. This medicine lowers hallucinations and improves concentration. Seroquel also helps in thinking more positively and clearly about yourself, feel less nervous, and take a more active part in daily life. This medicine can also improve sleep, energy level, and appetite. It may help in preventing severe mood swings or reduce mood swings.
How to take –
You should read and follow the medication guide as instructed by your pharmacist as instructed by your doctor. Take this medicine via the mouth as directed by your doctor and usually 2 to 3 times regularly with or without food. To treat the problem of depression that is associated with bipolar disorder, you can take one medicine orally regularly at bedtime. You should take this medicine regularly for getting the most benefit from it. Take this medicine as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not break, crush or chew this medicine.
Dosage instructions –
The dose of this medicine is depending on the medical conditions, age, gender, and response to treatment. This medicine should be taken as a low dose to lower the effects of side effects and gradually increase the dose as directed by your doctor. You should take the correct dose of this medicine as prescribed by your doctor.
- Miss dose – If you miss the dose then take this medicine as soon as possible to cover the dose on that day. But do not take an overdose of this medicine as it may cause side effects that are harmful to your health.
- Overdose – The overdose of this medicine may cause loss of consciousness, severe drowsiness, and many more. Thus, if you take an overdose of this medicine and feel any side effects then immediately talk to your doctor for medical help.
There are some of the side effects after taking this medicine are given below –
- Blurred vision
- Stomach upset
- Weight gain
- Increased anxiety
- Abdominal pain
- Problem in breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble urinating
- Increase sugar level in blood
- Rise cholesterol level
If you are suffering from any one of the side effects for a long time then consult with your doctor immediately for any problem.
There are some of the precautions before taking this medicine are given below –
- Do not take this medicine if you have an allergic problem with this medicine as it may harmful to your health.
- You can discuss your past or present medical conditions with your doctor before taking this medicine.
- Do not give medicine to children without consultation with your doctor.
- You should not drive any one of the vehicles and avoid physical activities after taking this medicine as it may cause sleepiness or dizziness that may enhance the risk of an accident.
- If you are pregnant then consult with your doctor before taking this medicine as it may harm your unborn baby.
- Do not take this medicine if you are breastfeeding a child as it may pass into breast milk and harmful effects on an unborn baby.
- You should not take this medicine in large amounts as it may cause a serious movement disorder, which may not be reversible.
- Do not take this medicine if you have a problem of sweating, high fever, irregular heartbeat, uncontrolled muscle movement, and many more.