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Seroquel (Quetiapine): Uses, Side Effects & Treatment

What is Seroquel?

Seroquel, the brand name for quetiapine, is an FDA approved antipsychotic prescription medication used in the treatment of mental and mood conditions such as schizophrenia, manic-depressive episodes, and in the maintenance of bipolar disorder.1

Potential Side Effects of Seroquel

The following are common side effects of Seroquel use:2

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Problems Speaking
  • Dry Mouth
  • Constipation

More rare and serious side effects may include fainting, confusion, heart rate changes, trouble breathing, and vision changes.

Signs of Seroquel Withdrawal

Many drugs cause symptoms of withdrawal when the medication is ceased. Symptoms of Seroquel withdrawal typically alleviate within a week and may include:3

  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Dizziness.
  • Headache.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability

Seroquel Addiction & Treatment

Despite the positive effects of Seroquel use in the treatment of mental disorders, there is a risk of addiction or misuse. It is best to work with your prescribing doctor to reduce the potential for addiction or abuse. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, contact us today at

Sources

  1. Sansone, R. & Sansone, L. (2010). Is Seroquel Developing an Illicit Reputation for Misuse/Abuse? Psychiatry, 7(1): 13-16.
  2. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus. (2018). Quetiapine.
  3. U.S. National Library of Medicine: DailyMed. (2017). Seroquel.
Last Updated on November 11, 2021
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