Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)
What is Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) used for?
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) is an oral antipsychotic medication used to treat adults suffering from schizophrenia or manic episodes associated with bipolar disorders. It operates by balancing the levels of naturally occurring chemicals in the brain to stop the occurrence of symptoms such as feelings of guilt, feelings of worthlessness, anxiety, fatigue, racing thoughts, or loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities. Your doctor may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) should always be used according to your doctor`s directions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken each day, but your individual instructions will depend on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended before use if you get an upset stomach. Do not change the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate)?
The use of Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require emergency medical attention are faintness, tremors, stiff muscles, blurry vision, fever, flu symptoms, or unusual swelling or discharge of the breast area. Contact your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) should not be used to treat patients who are breastfeeding, lactose intolerant, children under the age of eighteen, or patients who have dementia. You are also advised to inform your doctor if you have a history of suicidal thoughts, cerebrovascular disease, cardiovascular disease, a history of blood clots, hypotension, dehydration, diabetes, epilepsy, Parkinson`s disease, low magnesium levels, low levels of potassium, or decreased liver function. These conditions may require special alterations to your regimen to prevent unexpected health problems from occurring during treatment.
Strictly use Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.