Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic. It is an antagonist that attaches to multiple neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin. Seroquel inhibits communications between nerves by blocking specific neuroreceptors.
Seroquel is used to treat emotional disturbances and symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and acute manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. It is not advised to prescribe this drug to elderly patients who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. This drug is known to decrease hallucinations and improve concentration. It has been used in combination with antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder. Drinking while taking Seroquel should be avoided. Taking Dilantin with Seroquel will reduce its effectiveness. When Seroquel is taken with sedatives, narcotic pain killers or barbiturates, the result is a dangerous increase in CNS sedation.
In low dosages, Seroquel can be used for the treatment of insomnia in those with drug addiction and alcoholism in drug rehab facilities. It should be used with caution in patients who suffer from a history of seizures.
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Unusual behavior or thoughts
- Thoughts of self-harm
- Excessive weight gain
Severe Side Effects
- Involuntary jaw, lip, or tongue movements
- Decrease in white blood cell count
- Excessive sweating
- Sore throat
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