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Seroquel is also known by generic name Quetiapine and is prescribed to treat various mood/mental disorders like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Quetiapine is an anti-psychotic drug that helps restore the balance of brain chemicals and can reduce hallucinations. This medication can also allow you to concentrate better, help you more positive about yourself, make you feel less nervous, and help decrease mood swings.
Before taking your prescribed medication read all the instructions that was provided by your pharmacist. Take Seroquel orally as instructed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with or without food. Make sure you take Seroquel at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of medication in your system. For optimal results take this medication on a regular basis. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Your doctor may start you off at a low dose of Seroquel and gradually have you increase your dose to help prevent side effects and to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Seroquel.
This medication may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Seroquel. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to eye cataracts, liver disease, low white blood count, seizures, trouble swallowing, thyroid problems, diabetes, stomach or intestinal blockage, alcohol or other substance abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and difficulty urinating. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Seroquel.
While taking Seroquel you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking Seroquel.
You may experience irregular heart rhythm (QT prolongation) while taking Seroquel. Risk of QT prolongation is increased with salt deficiencies and use of diuretics can also increase this risk.
Taking Seroquel may cause you sweat less, and could put you at risk for heat stroke. Keep out of the sun and hot areas. Try to reduce hard physical work and over excreting yourself with exercise. Avoid hot tubs if possible. If you become overheated try to cool off by any available means. If you experience headache, dizziness or mood/mental changes that linger, speak with your doctor right away.
Side effects for Seroquel are: mood or behavior changes, constipation, stomach pain, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, headache, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, sore throat, breast swelling or discharge, missed menstrual periods, increased appetite, or weight gain.
If any side effects become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak to your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take for Seroquel?
A: You doctor will be able to determine the best dosage from the initial diagnosis.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the missed dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
Q: There is Seroquel and Seroquel XR, what is the difference?
A: Seroquel XR is the extra release version of the medication and can deliver more medication in a small dose. Your doctor will know what version of the drug to prescribe you based their diagnosis.
A: You should not take this medication if you pregnant due to the effect it can have on the baby. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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