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A 40-year-old member asked:

help plz! can seroquel (quetiapine) help an addict quit alcohol and pot?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Unlikely: If someone was abusing alcohol and pot because they had an underlying disorder that Seroquel (quetiapine) could treat, like bipolar disorder, other thought disorders (like schizophrenia), then perhaps it could help them, but not without a counseling program and making changes in one's life that are almost always necessary to achieve recovery. It has LOTS of side effects, and should not be used for anxiety only

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A 20-year-old female asked:

Can you drink on seroquel (quetiapine) if its several hours after taking it or before taking it? So basically you have to decide between meds or alcohol?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, basically: It's of course your decision, but you're dealing with at least 2 things here: the basic condition for which seroquel (quetiapine) was prescribed, plus the enhanced sedative effects of alcohol when added to seroquel (quetiapine). On its own, alcohol can destabilize mood and sleep cycle -- which is problematic in bipolar disorder, plain depression, and psychotic disorders. Also, taking both could make you drunker, faster.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

I realize alcohol and most meds are bad n shdnt b tkn. But how bad is 75mg seroquel (quetiapine) taken with one glass of wine right after? Wts extnt of damage?

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Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Alcohol and meds: Alcohol should not be mixed with medications. Alcohol can cause depression and loss of concentration, and also interact with the metabolism of prescribed drugs. Alcohol increases sedation and tiredness caused by seroquel (quetiapine) or other major sedatives. If using alcohol with them only occasionally, most likely effect will last up to 12 hours depending on the amount consumed. Be careful in the future.

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