Marketed by AstraZeneca, Seroquel is a atypical antipsychotic medication that is used to treat schizophrenia, manic, mixed, or depressive disorders of bipolar disorder, or an as augmentor for the maintenance treatment for depression associated with bipolar disorder. Seroquel is a medication that has been very successful in many countries around the world including the United States, Canada, Greece, and beyond. The medication celebrates annual sales of about $4.7 billion worldwide and $2.9 billion in the United States alone.
Seroquel was first approved by the United States Food and drug administration in 1994 for the treatment of schizophrenia and then in 2004 for the treatment of mania associated bipolar disorder. It is often prescribed off label for the treatment of many conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, restless legs syndrome, autism, alcoholism, depression, and Tourette syndrome. Many doctors also prescribe the medication off label as a sedative to treat sleep and anxiety disorders.
Seroquel is available in many different dosages, allowing for each patient to find the dosage that is right for them. There are tables of 25mg, 50mg, 100mg, 200mg, 300mg, and 400mg. There is also Seroquel XR which is an extended release form of the medication and it is offered in 50mg, 150mg, 200mg, 300mg, and 400mg doses. Seroquel dosage recommendations range from 200 to 800mg per day, which should be split into two or three doses, with the exception of Seroquel XR which can be taken once daily.
Seroquel is a medication that cannot be stopped spontaneously. Stopping suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms including insomnia, nausea, emesis, lightheadedness, diaphoresis, tachycardia, nervousness, dizziness, headache, and anxiety. Patients who wish to discontinue the use of Seroquel should work with their doctor to carefully taper the dose of the medication to avoid these withdrawal symptoms.
Like all medications, Seroquel may be associated with some unintended side effects. These may include sluggishness, fatigue, dry mouth, sore throat, dizziness, abdominal pain, constipation, upset stomach, low blood pressure, inflammation of the sinuses, increased appetite, and weight gain. Some patients will not experience all side effects while others will. Patients should talk to their doctors as symptoms arise to ensure that Seroquel is still the best course of treatment.
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