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Seroquel is an antipsychotic drug which works by changing the chemical actions in the brain and central nervous system. Seroquel is extensively used in the treatment of psychotic problems such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Important facts about this medicine:
Seroquel is not meant for treatment of dementia-related psychotic conditions. This drug has the potential to cause heart failure and fatal pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related psychotic problems. Stop taking this drug if you experience any of the following symptoms: –
• Stiff muscles;
• Sudden and severe weakness;
• Fast and irregular heartbeats;
• Involuntary movements of the muscles;
• Headache, blurred vision.
Call the doctor immediately if you experience worsening symptoms such as anxiety, suicidal thoughts, mood changes, panic attacks, impulsiveness, aggressiveness, agitation, hostile attitude, insomnia, restlessness and more depression. Administration of Seroquel is strictly avoided if the patient is suffering from any of the following diseases: –
• Kidney disease;
• Liver disease;
• History of stroke or heart attack;
• Thyroid problems;
• Heart problems, irregular heartbeats;
Seroquel can cause hyperglycemia and it falls under the FDA pregnancy category C which signifies that this medicine may cause harm to the fetus during the period of pregnancy.
How to take this medicine?
Seroquel should not be taken in large amounts as it may cause severe side effects. Take the dosage as prescribed by the doctor. Each dose should be taken along with a glassful of water.
What are the possible side effects associated with this drug?
Seroquel exhibits different kinds of side effects which are discussed below: –
• Hives, swelling up of face and throat, breathing problems which are all symptoms of an allergic reaction in the body;
• Mood changes, panic attacks, confusion, restlessness, agitation, more depression, suicidal thoughts, etc;
• Fever, stiff muscles, sweating, irregular heartbeats;
• Involuntary movement of the muscles;
• Sudden weakness;
• Headache, blurred vision and problems with speech or balance;
• Decrease in the rate of urination.
In case you experience any of the above symptoms, call the doctor as soon as possible for proper treatment!
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