What Is Seroquel?
Seroquel is the brand name of the prescription drug quetiapine. This drug is available in brand-name & generic versions and has immediate-release and extended-release options. The brand name for the extended-release option is Seroquel XR. Both options usually come in the form of an oral tablet.
When a patient takes this atypical antipsychotic, the chemical activity in their brain will begin to alter. Seroquel is responsible for releasing serotonin & dopamine levels in the brain, which should improve symptoms of several mental illness disorders.
Why People Use Seroquel
Doctors commonly prescribe Seroquel to treat or ease the symptoms of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression. It may be used in combination therapy and may be prescribed in addition to another medication, such as an antidepressant.
When used correctly, Seroquel may prevent mood swings, decrease hallucinations (if applicable), improve concentration, increase confidence, and treat depressive or manic episodes.
Does Seroquel Get You High?
If Seroquel is misused, it can cause someone to feel an intense and potentially dangerous high. Abusing Seroquel to improve mood, increase pleasure, or reduce anxiety may result in unpleasant or even fatal side effects. When misused, Seroquel may result in an overdose; symptoms of an overdose may include drowsiness/sleepiness, increased heartbeat, dizziness, and fainting.
This prescription drug comes with a high risk of addiction, especially when combined with other drugs. Some individuals who misuse Seroquel may mix it with cocaine, for example. Chances for addiction and dependence also increase when someone snorts or injects Seroquel instead of taking it as an oral tablet. When Seroquel is snorted, it enters the bloodstream more quickly and results in an intense high.
Side Effects of Seroquel
Seroquel, when misused, certainly comes with complications. It is still important to be careful when using Seroquel according to prescription however, considering the potential symptoms and risks that come with regular use.
Side effects of Seroquel may include:
- Dry mouth
- Stomach pain
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Sore throat
- Rapid heartbeat
- Trouble moving
Not only can this prescription drug potentially cause undesirable symptoms during use, but it can also risk certain health conditions in the future.
Risks of Seroquel Use
Here are some possible risks to consider when taking prescription Seroquel, in either the brand-name or generic form. Your personal risks may depend on your condition, age, etc.
- Suicidal thoughts/actions
- Increased cholesterol
- High blood sugar
- Low white blood cell count
- Changes in thyroid levels
- Metabolism changes
Even though Seroquel does come with its possible dangers and risks, it is usually harmless if used responsibly and according to prescription. If you experience any of the issues above while using Seroquel, talk to your doctor as soon as possible to discuss the best next steps.
Responsible Use of Seroquel
Seroquel can interact with certain other medications. It should not be combined with antiarrhythmic drugs, certain antibiotics, antipsychotic drugs, alcohol, or methadone. When mixed with other specific drugs, one’s side effects may increase and become more intense. These drugs include benzodiazepines, muscle relaxants, certain pain medications, antihistamines, and sedatives.
You should always use Seroquel according to dosage. Your individual dosage will expend on your age, what condition you have, and other factors. If addiction occurs, inpatient treatment is likely the best solution. An inpatient program will begin with detoxing, which allows patients to experience the effects in withdrawal in a comfortable and healthy environment. Don’t stop taking Seroquel suddenly; talk to your doctor if you are thinking of stopping.
If you have any questions about the effects of Seroquel and other prescription drugs & if you should go to a drug detox, contact our team of medical professionals by giving us a call at 866-345-2147.