Seroquel is a prescription medication categorized as psychotropic medication. It is used as a treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar mania.
Seroquel is not for everyone. If you have or have a history of liver problems, heart related problems, high triglycerides or cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, seizures, or hypothyroidism, Seroquel may not be right for you. Furthermore, those who are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or may become pregnant while taking Seroquel, should not take the medication because the effects on an unborn baby or if the medication will pass to the baby through the breast milk.
Seroquel, a tablet oral medication, is usually prescribed in doses taken three to four times daily. It can be taken with meals or without and should always include a full glass of water with each dose.
While taking Seroquel, there are three things you most need to be aware of. This medication has the possibility of causing drowsiness or dizziness in the patient, which could result in dangerous outcomes. You should avoid alcohol consumption; alcohol can increase the likelihood of some side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. While taking Seroquel, avoid exercising and activity in extremely hot weather. Seroquel could cause dangerous dehydration and should be closely watched during hot summer days.
Some common side effects of Seroquel include constipation, agitation, weight gain, and dry mouth. Instances of any breathing difficulties, tongue swelling, hives, face swelling, lip swelling, and throat closing could all be signs of an allergic reaction and should be immediately reported to a doctor or emergency room. Furthermore, if the patient notices any type of uncontrolled body movements, specifically within the legs, arms, jaw, cheeks, tongue, and mouth, a doctor should be seen right away.
Seroquel has been shown to be very effective on the disorders it is used for and the side effects are rare.