Recent times have seen a lot of debate as to the safety incorporated by prescription medication, especially as far as addiction and habit formation is concerned. This is especially due to the high number of drugs which were previously thought of as safe, only for them to turn addictive, thereby complicating the issue even more. This is exactly where Seroquel falls.

Seroquel, also called “quetiapine fumarate,” is a drug that is widely used in treating bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. Manufactured by a pharmaceutical company called AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, this drug is categorized in a class of medications known as “second generation” or “atypical anti-psychotic” medications.

While there has been quite limited information as to the working of the drug, as far as treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is concerned, you will acknowledge that this drug does not entirely cure these conditions, but rather lessens their symptoms. The drugs are also known to lessen or block the effects of a number of chemicals in one’s brain. These include chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, whose levels may be accentuated in individuals with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and manic depression.

What Is Seroquel?

Previous studies done on the drug, as far as in the treatment of schizophrenia, indicated that individuals taking the medication exhibited improved conditions as compared to others who were not taking it. In addition, its effectiveness in treating bipolar disorder has been supported by studies.

Not only is it effective in treating depression or mania episodes, but also assists in preventing a recurrence of bipolar disorders’ symptoms. As per episodes of bipolar depression, Seroquel is known to be effective in reducing suicidal thoughts, thereby improving the individual’s quality of life. As for episodes of bipolar mania, the drug was effective in reducing manic symptoms.

Seroquel is mainly available in form of tablets, taken orally, one to three times daily. It may be taken with food or milk, though this is not compulsory. However, it is always advisable that the drug be consumed at the same time daily in order to maintain the same levels in one’s blood. It is important to acknowledge that there is no uniformity, as the dose that healthcare practitioners prescribe is different for individuals.

The doses will vary from person to person, due to a number of factors such as other medications one may be taking currently, an individual’s medical condition, and the particular medical condition that is being treated and how severe it is. Given that at no time would the drug be considered treatment for these conditions, it is important that it only be used in the short term and according to the prescriptions of the healthcare providers.

Like any other medication, Seroquel comes with a number of side effects. However, it is important to acknowledge that not every individual taking the drug will undergo these side effects. Actually, many people tolerate it relatively well. For the times when side effects occur, they would be minor and require no treatment, or were easily treated. They include:

  • Agitation
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Drowsiness

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