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Seroquel XR (Quetiapine) can be prescribed to treat various mood disorders such as schizophrenia, and the manic and depressive episodes of bipolar disorder. Seroquel XR is also known by the generic name Quetiapine and is a anti-psychotic. Quetiapine helps balance the neurotransmitters in the brain to decrease hallucinations, improve concentration, allow you to think more clearly, and reduce nervousness.
Take Seroquel XR (Quetiapine) orally with or without food once a day. The extended release capsule will deliver a long lasting dose compared to other versions of the medication. Because this medication can treat various mood disorders follow your doctors instruction on dose strength and schedule to ensure a safe and effective treatment with Seroquel XR.
Before taking Seroquel XR (Quetiapine) speak with your doctor regarding known allergies as there are ingredients that induce an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor about prior medical conditions relating to liver disease, low white blood cell count, thyroid problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, or difficulty urinating. Disclose any medications and supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Seroquel XR.
In some cases your doctor may instruct you to start at a low dose and slowly increase the dose to an optimal level to treat your condition. It is important that you do not change the dose during this time and follow the doctors explicit instructions to ensure there are no side effects. You should continue to take this medication even if you feel better, and do not stop taking Seroquel XR without instruction from your doctor.
You may feel dizzy, drowsy or have blurred vision while taking Seroquel XR. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle until you know it is safe to do so. Avoid alcohol and cannabis as they can exasperate the dizzying effects. Speak with your doctor about the acceptable limits of these substances.
You may sweat less while taking Seroquel XR and could put you at risk for heat stroke. Avoid strenuous physical activity, seek shade if you become overheated, and stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke. If you develop a fever, or have headaches and dizzy spells that don't away, speak with your doctor right away for medical treatment.
There is a risk of developing irregular or altered heart beat (QT prolongation) while taking Seroquel XR. If you have reduced levels of potassium or magnesium there could also be a risk of developing QT prolongation.
Some side effects can include: mood or behavior changes, constipation, stomach pain, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, headache, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, sore throat, breast swelling or discharge, missed menstrual periods, increased appetite, weight gain.
Speak to your doctor if any side effects become too severe while taking Seroquel XR. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to help you manage any side effects.
Q: How should I store Seroquel XR?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
Q: Can I take this while pregnant or breast feeding?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved before using Seroquel XR while pregnant. This medication can pass into the breast milk of the nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: I noticed there are other forms of Seroquel, which one is best?
A: Seroque XR is the extended release version of Seroquel and can provide long last medication so that you only require one dose a day. Your doctor will help you decide which version of the medication to take based on your initial diagnosis.
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