Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)
What is Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) used for?
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) is an oral antipsychotic prescribed to treat patients with schizophrenia. It operates by balancing levels of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain to prevent symptoms associated with this condition such as delusions, hallucinations, irritability, or aggression. It is also effective for treating manic episodes, bipolar disorder, or depression. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) should be taken according to your physician's directions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. It is normally taken two to three times each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular instructions will depend on the severity of your symptoms and the condition being treated. These should be swallowed with water and can be taken with or without food, but a meal may be necessary if you experience nausea. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your physician or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to prevent unexpected problems from occurring.
What are the side effects of Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
The use of Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) may cause side effects such as:
Tell your physician as soon as any severe symptoms occur or if more serious side effects appear including muscle tremors, stiff movements, blurry vision, faintness, increased thirst, flu symptoms, or trouble swallowing. These conditions may require medical attention or changes to your dosage to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Do not begin using Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) if you are lactose intolerant, under the age of eighteen, or if you have dementia. It is also suggested to inform your physician if you have cardiovascular disease, history of suicidal thoughts, clotting disorders, cerebrovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, low white blood cell counts, chronic dehydration, hypotension, irregular heart rate, or if you have low potassium or magnesium levels in the blood. These conditions may require emergency medical attention or adjustments to your dosage to prevent other unexpected problems from occurring.
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.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.