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    Information about Quetiapine

    Quetiapine uses

    Quetiapine is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and mania.

    How quetiapine works

    Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic. It works by modulating the action of certain chemical messengers in the brain that affect thoughts.

    Common side effects of quetiapine

    Headache, Dystonia, Sleepiness, Parkinsonism, Akathisia, Dizziness, Decreased haemoglobin level in blood, Weight gain, Increased triglyceride level in blood
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    Expert advice for Quetiapine

    • You have been prescribed Quetiapine for the treatment of schizophrenia and mania.
    • It is less likely to cause heart problems and movement disorders than other antipsychotics.
    • It may take 4 to 6 weeks to see treatment effects. Keep taking it as prescribed.
    • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Quetiapine can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • It may increase your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and monitor your blood levels regularly.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
    • Do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor first as it may cause worsening of symptoms.

    Frequently asked questions for Quetiapine


    Q. Can I take Seroquel for sleep/ anxiety?

    No, Seroquel is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, mania, depression associated with bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder

    Q. Can I take Seroquel forever?

    No, you should take Seroquel as prescribed your doctor

    Q. Is Quetiapine same as Seroquel?

    Yes, Seroquel is the trade name for the active ingredient Quetiapine

    Q. Is Quetiapine dangerous?

    Quetiapine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is Quetiapine a narcotic/ Benzo/ Benzodiazepine?

    No, Quetiapine is not a narcotic/ Benzo/ Benzodiazepine; it belongs to a group of medications called antipsychotic agent

    Q. Is Quetiapine a sedative?

    Quetiapine is not a sedative drug; however, sedation is a known side effect of this drug

    Q. Is Quetiapine addictive?

    No, Quetiapine is not an addictive drug

    Q. Is Quetiapine a mono amine oxidase inhibitor (MAO-I)?

    No, Quetiapine belongs to a group of medications called antipsychotic agent.

    Content on this page was last updated on 17 December, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)