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Can I drink alcohol while taking Seroquel?

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Drinking alcohol while taking Seroquel can be dangerous, according to the National Institutes of Health. Alcohol may reduce the effectiveness of Seroquel, increase its side effects and cause severe drowsiness.

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Seroquel is an antipsychotic medication prescribed for treating symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Patients prescribed Seroquel should carefully read the consumer information leaflet enclosed with the medication and familiarize themselves with the potential side effects of the drug, cautions and other important information. Seroquel and alcohol both affect the central nervous system. Alcohol can interfere with the efficacy of the medication; aggravate symptoms of schizophrenia by increasing hallucinations, delusions and psychotic episodes; and increase the drowsiness associated with Seroquel use. Seroquel may cause numerous side effects, some of which are serious, and the addition of alcohol may increase some of these side effects.

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