Seroquel is often prescribed to treat episodes of mania and depression, and most commonly schizophrenia. Although the medication can be very helpful to some, it is often abused. Seroquel can have dangerous effects on those who abuse it.

Why Do People Abuse Seroquel?

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Abusing Seroquel can worsen the drug’s side effects.

Seroquel is the brand name for quetiapine. It is an atypical antipsychotic “that works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain” (NLM). When used correctly, Seroquel can be very helpful for those with mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. Many people abuse Seroquel for its side effects; the most common of which “somnolence (the state of near sleep)” being the cause for “most of the misuse of the medication,” according to the OASAS.

The abuse of the drug is often done to feel the somnolent effects of it. Many people combine it with cocaine in order to heighten the effects of both drugs. There is also large amount of Seroquel abuse among prison inmates, as the drug is often prescribed to those prisoners who show signs of the above disorders.

Physical Effects of Seroquel Abuse

Seroquel can have many side effects that are worsened when the drug is abused. According to the NLM, here are some of the physical side effects of Seroquel:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness, or extreme fatigue
  • “Pain in the joints, back, neck, or ears”
  • General pain
  • Headache
  • “Stomach pain or swelling”
  • Numbness and tingling of extremities which may lead to a burning sensation
  • Unstable coordination
  • Decreased sex drive

Seroquel abuse can also lead to an increase in appetite which can cause excessive weight gain. These are just some of the main side effects of abusing Seroquel. The drug can also cause missed menstrual periods, breast enlargement in men, and priapism, which is a painful and serious side effect (NLM).

Seroquel has some effects that point to a dangerous state for the individual abusing the drug. These side effects mean that a person should see a doctor or be taken to a hospital immediately. Some of Seroquel’s more serious side effects are:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blisters, rashes, and/or hives
  • Signs of infection (sore throat, chills, urinating becoming painful)
  • Fever
  • Vision problems
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • “Uncontrollable movements” of body parts
  • Irregular heartbeat

Other Effects of Seroquel Abuse

Overdose can also occur in people who abuse Seroquel. Many people attempt to commit suicide by overdosing on the drug. Though it is considered to be “a relatively-safer-in-overdose antipsychotic,” it still has dangers for users (NCBI). Someone who has overdosed on Seroquel should be brought to the hospital immediately.

Seroquel is a medication often prescribed to those who are struggling with mental disorders and illnesses. Abuse in these situations can be very problematic and may lead to suicidal thoughts and actions in those with these disorders.

While Seroquel abuse is dangerous and problematic in its own right, the drug is often mixed with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin. This is even more dangerous as a person may become addicted to another dangerous drug while abusing Seroquel, causing him or her to struggle with abuse of and addiction to multiple drugs. The abuse of Seroquel is dangerous, and many of its side effects can be very harmful.

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