A List of Seroquel Side Effects
It’s been several years since the mood stabilizer drug Seroquel, Quetiapine Fumarate, has been approved to treat bipolar disorder. What is Seroquel? It’s an antipsychotic that treats depressive and manic bipolar episodes.
Seroquel offers long term maintenance of the mood disorder and is used alongside drugs such as lithium, which is discussed in the article The Pros, Cons and Side Effects of Lithium to Treat Bipolar Disorder.
If you are considering using Seroquel to manage and treat your bipolar moods, take a look at this list. You’ll learn about the positive and negative side effects of using the medication Seroquel to treat bipolar disorder.
Positive side effects
1. Treats both highs and lows of bipolar. The good thing about Seroquel is that is used to manage both bipolar disorder depression and bipolar disorder mania. As a mood stabilizer a bipolar person can get a handle on both ends of the spectrum.
2. Better mood and overall sense of well being. Patients that take Seroquel see the benefits of more sleep, less sadness and better judgment. Seroquel can help a bipolar person feel more in control over how they feel.
3. Taken once a day. While one may not personally desire taking medication daily, Seroquel is only taken once each day. Each dose comes in tablet form.
Negative side effects
1. It can take several weeks to work. Bipolar patients are urged to be patient when starting Seroquel medication as it can take several weeks to fully stabilizer a person.
2. Seroquel has some common negative side effects. These side effects are dry mouth, dizziness and drowsiness.
3. Could increase cholesterol. Some bipolar patients taking Seroquel have reported a rise in cholesterol levels, triglycerides as well as weight gain.
4. Seroquel can lead to high blood pressure. Some have reported high blood sugar and diabetes with Seroquel XR, Seroquel and similar medications. Bipolar patients with diabetes, risk of diabetes and obesity should ask that a doctor check blood sugar levels before starting treatment with Seroquel. Some symptoms to look for regarding high blood sugar or diabetes are excessive thirst or hunger, weakness, increased urination.
There are rare, but potentially fatal side effects. Things to look for are high fever, sweating, change in heart rate or pulse as well as confusion and shaking. Muscle pain can also occur.
As with any bipolar disorder medication, consult your doctor if you are experiencing any of these negative Seroquel side effects.