Seroquel is an antipsychotic. It creates a balance in certain chemicals in the brain and helps to improve schizrophrenia.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Seroquel may be taken by mouth with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Seroquel ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Seroquel each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Seroquel falls under antipsychotic and it works by altering the balance of certain chemicals that occur naturally in the brain, which are responsible for thinking and behavior.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Seroquel must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature altering the balance of certain chemicals that occur naturally in the brain, which are responsible for thinking and behavior.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Seroquel (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Seroquel in case if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement,if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you or a family member has a history of bipolar disorder (manic depression), suicidal thoughts or attempts, mental or mood problems, or diabetes
if you drink alcohol or have a history of alcohol or substance abuse
if you have Alzheimer disease, dementia, or trouble swallowing, or you are very overweight
if you have a history of heart problems (eg, heart attack, heart failure, irregular heartbeat), stroke, blood vessel problems, high blood cholesterol levels, or high or low blood pressure,if you have history of blood problems (eg, low white blood cells), liver problems, thyroid problems, cataracts, narrow-angle glaucoma, seizures, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), high blood prolactin levels, or breast cancer.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Certain medicines may interact with this drug like Alpha-blockers (eg, doxazosin) or medicine for high blood pressure, Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), fluvoxamine, macrolide antibiotics (eg, erythromycin), or telithromycin, Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), phenytoin, rifampin, or thioridazine, Dopamine receptor agonists (eg, pramipexole) or levodopa.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Seroquel. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Seroquel usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Seroquel. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.