Seroquel is a pill that includes the active ingredient quetiapine. The same active ingredient is found in a medication called Ketipinor. Seroquel is marketed in the United States and Canada and generic versions are available in Canada.
This medication is usually used as an anti-psychotic in the treatment of Schizophrenia. It is combined with lithium treatment to control bipolar symptoms. Recently, doctors also prescribe it as a medication for depression in patients who do not respond to other medications for depression. It is also used in Alzheimer's patients to reduce their agitation. However, there are some studies that indicate that this drug reduces cognitive function in the elderly, so its use in Alzheimer's patients is declining.
Rarely, Seroquel is used to address the symptoms of PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder. There are also reports of patients with borderline personality disorder responding well to the drug.
As with any drug, there are side effects associated with taking Seroquel. Many patients begin sleep walking while on the drug. Some also experience sluggishness, fatigue, dizziness, and a sore throat. The pharynx may swell and the appetite may decrease. Since this anti psychotic is one of the most sedative on the market, many users report feeling very tired out when taking the drug. This symptoms sometimes subsides after several days or weeks on the medication. Reducing the dosage also helps some patients better cope with this side effect.
An overdose of Seroquel is possible. The effects of such an overdose include a slow heartbeat, cardiac arrhythmia, and coma. Death occurs in many patients who overdose on this medication.
There are withdrawal symptoms associated with abruptly stopping the use of Seroquel. Patients should never take themselves off the medication without consulting their doctors, since a gradual decrease in dose is necessary in order to avoid withdrawal.