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Side Effects of Seroquel

Wednesday, 12 Jan 2011 12:28 PM

Seroquel is a prescription medicine that is an antipsychotic used to treat serious mental health conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is generally only prescribed to those who are over the age of 13 (for schizophrenia) or 10 (for bipolar disorder) and should only be used under the care of a physician. There are some reported side effects of Seroquel though not all may be reported.
The Most Common Side Effects of Seroquel Include:
  • Feeling drowsy or tired. Seroquel is sometimes prescribed to help people sleep better. Follow your doctor's prescription and ask about taking it at night if you're having trouble staying awake during the day.
  • Nausea and vomiting. Nausea and vomiting are pretty common side effects for many prescription drugs and usually subside after your body becomes accustomed to the medication.
  • Increased appetite. Feeling hungry more often is also one of the reported side effects of Seroquel.
  • Stomach pain or constipation. Seroquel can sometimes interfere with digestion which could result in constipation.
  • Missed menstrual period.
  • Dry mouth and sore throat.
These are simply the more common side effects of Seroquel. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have concerns, speak with your doctor to see if there is something they can do. There is also the possibility of side effects that are more severe. If you experience any of the following side effects you should stop the medication immediately and consult with your physician.
  • High fever, chills, flu-like symptoms.
  • Sores or white spots in or around your mouth.
  • Feeling lightheaded, faint, or like you're going to pass out.
  • Feeling unnaturally hungry, increased thirst and urination.
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat.
  • Blurred vision or other vision problems including halos around lights.
  • Confusion or problems with speech.
It's also important to try to monitor your behavior once you start taking Seroquel. If you begin to notice any negative changes or worsening side effects then it's important to consult with your doctor at once. Conditions that are worth speaking to your doctor about immediately include: experiencing panic attacks, trouble sleeping, and mood or behavior changes. Having thoughts of suicide or hurting somebody else, feeling aggressive, irritable, hostile or depressed and feeling anxious. All of the side effects of Seroquel are not known and you are encouraged to report any side effects you have to your doctor.

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