Seroquel Quetiapine Fumarate and/or alternatives
Seroquel belongs to the group of second generation antipsychotic drugs. It is primarily prescribed for the treatment of mental disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorders and major depression. Patients who are required to buy Seroquel will find it available in the following different strengths: 25mg, 50mg, 100mg, 200mg, and 300mg and 400mg tablets.
The generic name for Seroquel is Quetiapine, as derived from its active ingredient. The inactive constituents of this drug are: microcrystalline cellulose, dibasic dicalcium phosphate dihydrate, povidone, sodium starch glycolate, polyethylene glycol, lactose monohydrate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide and magnesium stearate.
Quetiapine works by controlling and regulating the action of certain chemicals in the brain which have psychoactive effects.
Indications & Dosage of Seroquel
Seroquel may be prescribed by doctors as a medication for the following conditions:
- Schizophrenia in adults and in adolescents (13-17 years);
- Bipolar disorder in adults and in children aged between 10 and 17 years;
Patients require to undergo thorough evaluation by a medicinal expert before they decide to buy Seroquel as a medication for their mental health. Once confirmed that the drug is necessary to their treatment, it is essential to strictly maintain the dosage as prescribed by the doctor. The dosage recommended usually is as follows:
- For schizophrenic patients above the age of 13, Seroquel can be initiated as 25mg two times daily. The doctor increases the dose gradually over a short period of time up to a total daily of 800mg and fixes the dose at levels best tolerated.
- For the treatment of bipolar disorder, dosage varies depending on the exact type of bipolar disorder. For bipolar depression in adults, 50mg Seroquel once daily is the starting dose, increased gradually up to a maximum daily dose of 300mg. In case of bipolar mania, in adults the dosage starts at 50mg two times daily up to a daily dosage of 800mg taken in two divided doses of 400mg. Bipolar mania in children requires a starting daily dose of 50 mg as 25mg tablets taken two times and can be increased up to a total of 600mg.
Side Effects & Interactions of Seroquel
Seroquel side effects that may be experienced by some users vary between mild and severe. Some of them may even be life threatening. Some of the minor and common side effects of this drug are:
- Stomach trouble
- Fatigue, drowsiness
- Swollen breasts, unusual discharge
- Weight gain
- Irregularities in menstrual cycle
Some of the more serious side effects of Seroquel which call for immediate medical attention are:
- Muscle rigidity, irregular muscle movements
- Slurring, swallowing difficulties
- Symptoms of infection, sores in the mouth or on lips
- Vision problems
- Increased hunger and thirst
- nausea, vomiting, fainting sensations
Negative interactions between Seroquel and other drugs may occur if they are co-administered. Some drugs known to interact with Seroquel are: medication for Parkinson’s disease, anti-malaria drugs, antidepressants, antifungal or antibiotics, hypertension or heart medications, HIV-AIDS medications, migraine drugs, steroids and narcotic drugs.
Warnings & Precautions of Seroquel
Seroquel may cause death in elderly patients with dementia and hence is contraindicated in this condition.
Thoughts of suicide or major depressions may be experienced by some Seroquel users.
Patients should disclose their medical history and current medical condition to their doctors before starting on Seroquel.
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