Seroquel, also known by its generic name quetiapine, is an atypical antipsychotic medication that blocks dopaminergic transmissions, resulting in less overall excitement in the brain. It is a prescription-only medicine and cannot be obtained over the counter.
What Does Seroquel Treat?
Seroquel is used to treat symptoms associated with schizophrenia in adults and children who are aged 13 years or older. This drug may be used alone, or in conjunction with other medications to treat episodes of mania and depression experienced by adults with bipolar, as well as the manic phase of bipolar I in children aged 10 to 17. Seroquel may also be combined with antidepressant medication as a means of treating depression in adults. While this medication may help to control associated symptoms, it will not cure schizophrenia, bipolar, or depression.
- How can I take Seroquel safely?
Seroquel is available as regular quetiapine tablets or as extended-release tablets. Extended-release tablets should only be used by adults. Regular Seroquel tablets may be taken one to three times per day, while the extended-release version is usually taken once per day. Extended-release tablets should be swallowed whole. This medication may be taken with or without food. Your doctor may start you on a low dosage and slowly increase the amount of you take during your first week. Once the ideal dosage is determined, you should take the same amount of Seroquel each day, as outlined by your doctor. It may take several weeks to feel the full therapeutic benefits of taking Seroquel. It is important to continue taking the medication even if you feel well.
- What should I do if I missed a dose?
As soon as possible, take the dose that you missed. However, if it will soon be time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose altogether. Having too much of this drug in your system may lead to an overdose. Never take a double dose of this drug to make up for a missed dose.
- What should I do if I have overdosed on this medication?
Contact your doctor or call a poison help line immediately. An overdose of this medication may be fatal. Symptoms of overdose include drowsiness, fast heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, and fainting.
- What are some ways to get the most out of my treatment with Seroquel?
Although Seroquel treats symptoms associated with a variety of mental health conditions, there are a few things you can do to get the most out of your treatment with this drug. In general, when antipsychotic medications are part of mental health treatment, finding a therapist or counselor may help you get the most out of your drug treatment. Various types of therapy may help a person explore their behaviors and emotions related to a mental health condition in a safe place, free of judgment—something drugs alone cannot do. You will likely gain more knowledge about what you are experiencing and build healthy ways to cope with symptoms when they arise or become triggered. Additionally, exercises like yoga, meditation, and breathing exercise may help a person if he or she experiences anxiety, depression, or tension while experiencing a mental health condition. These activities, combined with therapy and psychotropic medication, may help a person yield better, more long-term mental health outcomes.
- How should I store my medication?
Store this medication in its original container, at room temperature, and away from excess moisture.