Seroquel is used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old.
Seroquel is used to treat bipolar disorder in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
Seroquel is also used together with antidepressant medications to treat major depressive disorder in adults.
Extended-release Seroquel XR is for use only in adults and should not be given to anyone younger than 18 years old.
Seroquel may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Beofre you take Seroquel...
Seroquel is not approved for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Seroquel may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
Some young people have thoughts about suicide when first taking Seroquel. Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits. Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms.
Taking antipsychotic medication during the last 3 months of pregnancy may cause problems in the newborn. If you become pregnant, do not stop taking Seroquel without talking to your doctor.
Dosages of Seroquel varies by patient. Use Seroquel exactly as prescribed by your doctor and/or the directions on your prescription label.
Never take Seroquel in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. High doses or long-term use can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water. You may take Seroquel with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.
Seroquel may cause you to have high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis while you are taking Seroquel.
You should not stop using Seroquel suddenly. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Seroquel can cause you to have a false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for drug screening, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking Seroquel.
If you miss a dose of Seroquel, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you suspect you may have overdosed on Seroquel, or are having an allergic reaction the medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Common side effects include:
-trouble with movement
-increased appetite, weight gain
-nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation
Serious side effects include:
-twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs
-mask-like appearance of the face, trouble swallowing, problems with speech
-a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
-blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights
-severe nervous system reaction (very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, fainting)
-high blood sugar (increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss)
-low blood cell counts (sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, cold or flu symptoms, cough, sore throat, red or swollen gums, painful mouth sores, skin sores, trouble breathing)
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience serious side effects, contact a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately.
There are drugs that interact with Seroquel. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use, including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should always tell your doctor before you start taking new medication.