What is the most important information I should know about seroquel?
Quetiapine is not for use in psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. Quetiapine has caused fatal pneumonia or heart failure in older adults with dementia-related conditions. Stop using seroquel and call your doctor at once if you have the following symptoms: fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, uncontrolled muscle movements, symptoms that come on suddenly such as numbness or weakness, severe headache, and problems with vision, speech, or balance. Quetiapine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you buy seroquel to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of seroquel.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold medicine, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by seroquel.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, especially in hot weather and during exercise. It is easier to become dangerously overheated and dehydrated while you are taking seroquel.
What is seroquel?
Quetiapine is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.
Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression).
Quetiapine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking seroquel?
Quetiapine is not for use in psychotic conditions that are related to dementia. Quetiapine has caused fatal pneumonia or heart failure in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
Before taking seroquel, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems
- a history of heart attack or stroke
- a thyroid disorder
- seizures or epilepsy
- high cholesterol or triglycerides
- a personal or family history of diabetes or
- trouble swallowing
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use seroquel, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Quetiapine may cause you to have high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Talk to your doctor if you have any signs of hyperglycemia such as increased thirst or urination, excessive hunger, or weakness. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis while you are taking seroquel.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether seroquel passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.