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Seroquel belongs to the anti-psychotic group of drugs. Normally prescribed for the treatment of psychotic diseases, Seroquel is equally effective in treating Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder like mania. Such diseases are caused because of improper balance of certain chemicals in the brain. Although doctors and researchers are still not sure about how Seroquel works, it is assumed that Seroquel functions by changing the balance of the respective chemicals in the brain. Already acclaimed as a potent psychotropic drug, Seroquel regulates the balance of chemicals present in human brain. However, this should be borne in mind that Seroquel can only help in reducing the number of symptoms resulting from neurological disorders like schizophrenia and mania. Seroquel is not capable of curing the diseases. But taken regularly, the potential of Seroquel in bringing effective relief is assured. Apart from all these Seroquel can also be used by doctors in the treatment of other diseases.
Seroquel may not work in same proportions for all individuals. Dosage adjustments are required at times keeping in mind the physical conditions. So in order to be on the safer side always confide about your physical conditions to your doctor before taking Seroquel. It is in your interest to let the doctor know if you had been or you are suffering from the following diseases:
- Alzheimer's disease;
- Cardiac problems;
- High blood pressure;
- High cholesterol level;
- Liver problems;
- Thyroid problems;
As Seroquel is listed in the FDA pregnancy category C, it is not possible to say whether it can have harmful effects on the growing embryo in mother's womb. Also it is not known whether Seroquel passes in to breast milk or not. But it is always recommended to consult a doctor before taking Seroquel during such delicate stages.
Seroquel may not function in harmony with many drugs. So don't forget to inform your doctor if you are already taking any of the following drugs:
Also consult your doctor if you are already under antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives, pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants medication.
There is no doubt about the beneficial effects of Seroquel in relieving patients suffering from Schizophrenia and mania. But the intake of this wonder drug can be followed by side effects of varying degrees. Side effects like breathing trouble, closing of the throat, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face can be fatal. The drug can also result in uncontrollable movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, arms, or legs. Don't ignore side effects like fever, profuse sweating, severe muscle rigidity, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeats, as these could be initial symptoms of fatal Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. Intake of Seroquel can also lead to the formation of cataracts in eyes and altered vision.
The most common yet less detrimental side effects of Seroquel includes drowsiness, anxiety and agitation, unclear stool and constipation, dry mouth, sudden weight gain, high blood sugar level, quenching thirst and urination problem. Rush to your doctor immediately after you have noticed or experienced any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Seroquel is meant for the treatment of serious diseases and thus needs to be taken in seriously for effective results. Although no cases of Seroquel overdose with fatal consequences have been reported so far, but doctors don't rule out the possibilities of fatal effects. If you see any of the symptoms of Seroquel overdose like drowsiness, increased heart rates, and low blood pressure featuring in you, rush to a doctor for immediate remedy.
On the other hand, missing a dose of Seroquel is not harmful. Just pop in the dose as soon as you remember that you have missed one. But if it is already time for the next dose, just go on and take the scheduled one and forget about the last one. Avoid taking double dose at all costs. Remember that the drug needs to be taken in proper dose regularly for best results.
Always rely on your doctor for the right usage guidelines. Normally Seroquel is taken in with a full glass of water. You can take the medication with or without food. Just don't stop taking the drug all of a sudden, unless instructed otherwise by the doctor. Take special care while driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities after taking in Seroquel as Seroquel is known to cause drowsiness. It is recommended to give up alcohol habits during the medication as it increases the chances and frequency of drowsiness. Take in more and more fluid to avoid dehydration. Also don't take up rigorous exercise during hot weather, as Seroquel is known for increasing body temperature easily.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Seroquel may also be known as: