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Quetiapine: what it is for, how to take it and side effects

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Quetiapine: what it is for, how to take it and side effects
Quetiapine: what it is for, how to take it and side effects

Quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, which acts by regulating the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, which are neurotransmitters responsible for communication between neurons, control of emotions, mood, memory and sleep.

This drug is available in pharmacies in tablet form under the trade name Seroquel or in generic form under the name quetiapine hemifumarate or similar names Quetipin, Atip, Quet or Kitapen, for example, and it is sold only with medical prescription and withholding of prescription by the pharmacy.

What is it for

Quetiapine is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in children aged 13 to 17 years or adults, or for the treatment of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder in adults or children aged 10 to 17 years.

In some cases, quetiapine can be used along with mood-stabilizing drugs such as lithium or valproic acid to treat depression or mania associated with bipolar disorder.

How to take it

Quetiapine should be taken orally before or after a meal, always at the time instructed by the doctor. However, if you forget to take a dose on time, take it as soon as you remember, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.

Quetiapine doses vary according to indication and age, and should always be individually indicated and guided by a psychiatrist or pediatrician.

Possible side effects

Some of the most common side effects that may occur during treatment with quetiapine are dry mouth, vomiting, difficulty speaking or moving, dizziness, drowsiness, excessive tiredness, heart palpitations, stomach pain, stuffy nose or enlargement of body weight.

Also, it is important to communicate when reporting to the doctor if the person has mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping or impulsiveness, irritation, agitation, aggression, depression, or thoughts of suicide.

Who should not use

Quetiapine should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, by people with liver or heart problems, cataracts, glaucoma or urinary retention.

In addition, quetiapine should not be used by children under the age of 13 with schizophrenia and by children under the age of 10 with bipolar disorder.

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