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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quetiapine (Overview)

Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of diabetes and elevated triglycerides.


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What is quetiapine?

What is quetiapine?

Quetiapine: Quetiapine is the generic name for seroquel (quetiapine) and medicine which is fda approved for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It may be used for some other purposes but you should check with your prescriber. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
433 Doctors shared insights

Quetiapine (Overview)

Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of diabetes and elevated triglycerides.


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Please describe the medication: quetiapine?

Please describe the medication: quetiapine?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of diabetes and elevated triglycerides. ...Read more

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I've been taking seroquel (quetiapine) XR 50mg for a week and I feel no different when will its effects become apparent? Does my doctor need to prescribe more?

I've been taking seroquel (quetiapine) XR 50mg for a week and I feel no different when will its effects become apparent? Does my doctor need to prescribe more?

Need more info: Really need more information to help you. It appears that the seroquel (quetiapine) cab be used to modulate the antidepressant that you're on. You should be able to see the effects of the medication within several weeks. If that is not the role of seroquel (quetiapine), then best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was prescribed quetiapine 25mg as a prn for insomnia and anxiety but I'm afraid to take it, I'm not sure what its going to do to me. Suggestions?

I was prescribed quetiapine 25mg as a prn for insomnia and anxiety but I'm afraid to take it, I'm not sure what its going to do to me. Suggestions?

Antipsychotic: Seroquel (brand name for quetiapine) is a 2nd generation or "atypical" anti-psychotic. It is likely to help insomnia & anxiety, but it's not fda approved for this. Many feel such medicines are overprescribed given their potential risks, e.g. "metabolic syndrome". Maybe you could ask your doc about prescription & non-prescription alternatives? See: http://tinyurl. Com/8lgsq4e. ...Read more

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Do the side effects of antipsychotic use (quetiapine) eventually go away after discontinuing? (uncontrolled mouth movements in elderly)

Do the side effects of antipsychotic use (quetiapine) eventually go away after discontinuing? (uncontrolled mouth movements in elderly)

Please: See your psychiatrist. The side effects you're referring to tardive dyskinesia can be treated pharmacologically. However there isn't a concrete answer regarding if this will remit if medication is discontinued. As always don't cease any medication abruptly and talk to the prescriber. ...Read more

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Antidepressant medication question I'm currently taking wellbutrin for my major depression. I'm also taking trazadone for sleeping. I want to stop taking trazadone, can't sleep anymore. I used to take quetiapine fumarate for years but after blood test,

Sleep medicine doc: You should consult with a sleep medicine doctor. There are over 80 sleep disorders. I am boarded in psychiatry and sleep medicine, so I do both. Twenty percent of people with depression also have sleep apnea, and vice versa. It sometimes takes a team. Your insomnia diagnostic work-up is incomplete unless you have already seen a sleep specialist. Sweet dreams! ...Read more

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How effective is quetiapine for bipolar disorder?

Seroquel (quetiapine): It has been used to treat bipolar cycling & depression phases of bipolar. ...Read more

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Can you work on quetiapine (seroquel)?

Can you work on quetiapine (seroquel)?

Sometimes: Depends on the status of the underlying condition it's being used to treat as well as the type of work being performed. All medications are ultimately used to manage medical and/or mental health conditons such that the individual's functioning (eg ability to work, etc) is sustained/restored. In general, quetiapine in of itself does not automatically preclude one from working. ...Read more

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Which drug works best in most cases for bi polar? Olanzapine, isperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole, lamectal?, and a new drug that begins with an "f"?

Which drug works best in most cases for bi polar? Olanzapine, isperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazole, lamectal?, and a new drug that begins with an "f"?

Bipolar: I think your "f" drug may be fanapt, or iloperidone. And maybe you meant "risperidone." all of these antipsychotics may be used in acute mania or psychotic depression, along with other mood stabilizers. But only asenapine, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone, ; ziprasidone have fda indication as monotherapy in acute mania or depression. Maintenance: Risperidone consta (and Olanzapine in ca). ...Read more

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How long can it take for quetiapine to kick in? I'm on my second day and feel the same still.

Let explain: I know that it will be different in each person, but what are people's expreinces for the length of time they began to feel some benefit from quetiapine?

What are you taking it for? If its bipolar or schizophrenia the minimum dosage is usually much higher. 100mg or less is usual. ...Read more

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I am on 25mg quetiapine at night to aid insomnia and anxiety. Is it safe to take an antipsychotic for this complaint? I would rather not take it.

I am on 25mg quetiapine at night to aid insomnia and anxiety. Is it safe to take an antipsychotic for this complaint? I would rather not take it.

Yes and No: It is not the safest med for this although it is frequently used for this purpose. Low grade risks are tardive dyskinesia, diabetes, elevated cholesterol and elevated triglycerides. Other options include trazodone, which in the long run may be safer. Cbti therapy for insomnia is another option. ...Read more

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How can I safely come off of effexor, (venlafaxine) tegretol, and quetiapine?

How can I safely come off of effexor, (venlafaxine) tegretol, and quetiapine?

Work With Your MD: Tapering off some medications may be relatively simple, while others quite complicated. First and foremost understand the reason for tapering off your medications. You must involve your physician in the decision and the process. Prematurely tapering off meds can lead to an exacerbation of the reason you are taking them. Certain meds can cause withdrawal and must be tapered slowly. Work with md. ...Read more

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Can quetiapine withdrawal kill you? If so how? And is it more dangerous to take low doses than high ones?

Stopping quetiapine: No. Stopping quetiapine is not lethal. Stopping this medication cannot kill you. You mention you have social anx & borderline PD. When you stop or start a new psych med, you want to make sure you do this with careful instructions from your psychiatrist. You may want to schedule closer appointments for monitoring while meds are being changed. If you have questions, always clarify with your doc :) ...Read more

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Seroquel (quetiapine) question: side effect?

Seroquel (quetiapine) question: side effect?

All medications: Have a potential to cause side effects. But I really need to know what you are experiencing to say whether it could be related to the seroquel (quetiapine). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of quetiapine?

What are the side effects of quetiapine?

Can vary: •allergic reactions
•fast or irregular heartbeat
•increased hunger or thirst
•increased urination
•problems with balance
•seizures
•stiff muscles
•suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
•uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
•change in sex drive or performance
constipation
•drowsy or dizzy
•dry mouth
•stomach upset
weight gain. ...Read more

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How long does quetiapine fumarate stay in your system?

Quetiapine in blood: Your rxing practitioner most likely said it takes 4-6 weeks to see its full effect and therefore it will take at 4-6 weeks to get out of your system. This is why when people stop their antipsychotic med they feel 'fine' until they decompensate. Do this only in conjunction with your rxing practitioner. ...Read more

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Anyone know how long it takes for quetiapine XL to start to work?

Anyone know how long it takes for quetiapine XL to start to work?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Extended release seroquel-xr usually takes 7-14 days to start effect, depending on dosage & whether taken alone or with other psychotropic medications & also if switching from another psychotropic medicine. ...Read more

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Quetiapine 25 mg tablets are difficult to cut in half. What can I do to get a more accurate dosage if the tablets break or crumble?

Quetiapine tabs: If your doc prescribes 1/2 of a 25 mg quetiapine tab, but they crumble when you try to split them, try asking your pharmacist for a pill splitter. They usually cost a few dollars (maybe $3-4), and should split the pill nicely in half. You can also ask your pharmacist to split all the pills for you -- so you can pick up your medication all pre-split. I hope that helps! Be well :) ...Read more

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Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids I can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?

Are there any natural or OTC sleep aids I can take that won't interact with seroquel (quetiapine) XR and lithium?

Melatonin: Melatonin is the hormone that turns on the sleep cycle in our brain. Versions sold otc are very safe and fairly inexpensive and do not interact with other medications. You can also try Diphenhydramine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but it may make you more sleepy the next morning. ...Read more

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Drug combinations can you take amitriptyline and quetiapine at the same time?

Drug combinations can you take amitriptyline and quetiapine at the same time?

Yes, but: The combination can cause increased CNS depression. There is an additive risk of hypotension. The qtc interval can be prolonged causing heart rhythm problems and even death. An ekg should definitely be checked if you're going to be on both of them. There is an increased risk for psychomotor impairment. There is also an increased risk of overheating. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for quetiapine overdose?

What is the treatment for quetiapine overdose?

Overdose: This is a serious question that cannot be answered well by computer. If you suspect an overdose take the patient to and emergency room immediately where they can treat the patient best. ...Read more

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I was putting too much weight on with quetiapine so I changed to Abilify (aripiprazole) to try and loose weight. But I am getting muscle spasms. Is that normal?

I was putting too much weight on with quetiapine so I changed to Abilify (aripiprazole) to try and loose weight. But I am getting muscle spasms. Is that normal?

Yes: These meds can cause a variety of side effects, temporary like muscle spasms, restlessness, akathisia, to permanent like diabetes, parkinsonism, to life threatening such as fever and muscle aches. ...Read more

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Quetiapine: how many would cause an overdose?

> 800 mg: 800 mg, dosed at 400 mg. Twice per day is the usual highest recommended dose, but patients are all different. If there is concern you should talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is quetiapine?

Quetiapine: Quetiapine is the generic name for seroquel (quetiapine) and medicine which is fda approved for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. It may be used for some other purposes but you should check with your prescriber. ...Read more

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What is quetiapine used for?

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What is quetiapine used for?

Seroquel (quetiapine): A second generation antipsychotic by astra zeneca company, used to treat psychoses & bipolar do & as supplement in treating depression. It has sedative effect, can cause weight gain & other metabolic changes. Comes in regular release form (quetiapine) & extended release form (seroquel-xr). ...Read more

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Who should not take quetiapine?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Ones who are allergic to it, or taking other medications that can interfere with the Quetiapine levels or efficacy, such as Anti fungal agents. Also, not recommended for mothers nursing their babies. ...Read more

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What are the effects of quetiapine?

What are the effects of quetiapine?

Slower thinking: It inhibits communication between nerves of the brain. It does this by blocking receptors on the nerves for several neurotransmitters, the chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other. It often also causes drowsiness. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: quetiapine?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Quetiapine (brand seroquel) is classified as an atypical antipsychotic medication. It is fda approved to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and as an adjunct with antidepressants in the treatment of major depressive disorder. Serious side effects include tardive dyskinesia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, and metabolic syndrome with weight gain, risk of diabetes and elevated triglycerides. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Seroquel (Definition)

Seroquel is a serotonin-dopamine receptor blocker which is a kind of atypical anti-psychotic drug (drug ...Read more