Quetiapine or Seroquel is an antipsychotic used in the treatment of schizophrenia.
Quetiapine or Seroquel affects the levels of neurotransmitters - serotonin, dopamine - in the nervous system to alleviate the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Quetiapine or Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic in that it is considered as effective as other antipsychotics, but with a significantly lower incidence of extrapyramidal or movement side effects - less restlessness.
Quetiapine or Seroquel has been associated with drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches.
Quetiapine or Seroquel may be able to increase the risk of cataracts, and people should have their eyes checked on a routine basis. It does have the ability to affect thyroid levels, however the clinical importance of this effect, if any, is unclear.
The safety of Quetiapine or Seroquel is unknown in young children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Lower doses may be needed for older people.
Because Quetiapine or Seroquel can cause drowsiness, it must be used with care with other drugs that can also cause drowsiness. Quetiapine or Seroquel has been associated with postural hypotension, and should also be used with care in combination with other drugs that also produce this effect.
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