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What are the most common side effects of taking seroquel (quetiapine)?

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Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Somnolence: Somnolence is so common that it is used by some drs for sleep problems. Weight gain is also a frequent side effect. All other less frequent side effects should be also discussed with your prescribing dr; the comprehensive list is available online.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are abnormal side effects to look for when taking seroquel (quetiapine)?

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Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Suicidal thinking: The most important one is to look out for suicidal thinking. The other one that is more subtle would be abnormal increase in thirst and urination indicative of a diabetic state. There are more rare side effects including neuroleptic malignant syndrome and this involves having rigid muscles accompanied by severe fever. It would be extraordinarily rare with seroquel (quetiapine).. Stay safe!
A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the better known side effects of seroquel (quetiapine)?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 56 years experience
Nausea and others: Dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, tiredness, constipation. Weight gain, increased blood sugar levels leading to diabetes, involuntary movements of lips, tongue, mouth, limbs (tardive dyskinesia) , increased amount of prolactin hormone which can cause men to develop breasts and women to produce breast milk. Sudden death in elderly has also been reported.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you please describe the negative side effects of seroquel (quetiapine)?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Seroquel (quetiapine) OD: Seroquel (quetiapine) has a wide range of doses from as little as 25mg to over 1000mg that can be used safely. Some people are very sensitive and may od on doses that others need. It is a very potent sedating and anticholinergic med, & excess use may result in dry mouth, constipation, and irregular heart beats. Some people get very hungry and gain wt. All meds in class get blood sugars and lipids tests.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can there be any drugs i can take to counteract seroquel (quetiapine) side effects?

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Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 20 years experience
Sexual side effects: It is best not to add another medication to treat a side effect of a medication. However, if you are doing wonderfully on Seroquel (quetiapine) except for this side effect, some ideas include off-label use of low-dose Wellbutrin/bupropion or as-needed Periactin/cyproheptadine or as-needed Viagra/sildenafil if it is erectile dysfunction. You could try to lower the dose of Seroquel (quetiapine) as well.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of seroquel (quetiapine), (quetiapine) and is addiction a side effect of seroquel (quetiapine)?

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Dr. Neil Liebowitz
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Seroquel (quetiapine) OD: Seroquel (quetiapine) is not addicting. It is a very sedating & anticholinergic med, & excess use may result in dry mouth, constipation, and irregular heart beats. Drug addicts have been known to use seroquel (quetiapine) to calm down from excess cocaine/ stimulant use which can cause psychosis or to relieve some opiate withdrawal and insomnia. This doesn't mean its addicting. Nor do I advocate this use instead of rehab.

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