Seroquel XR is an atypical antipsychotic used in the treatment of several mental disorders. The generic name for the drug is quetiapine.
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In 1985, AstraZeneca developed quetiapine. But it was only in 1997 when the Food and Drug Administration approved it for clinical use.
Seroquel XR is effective in the treatment of the following mental disorders:
- Schizophrenia, particularly in the reduction of negative symptoms. It also produces fewer side effects but it can also increase the risk for suicides, tachycardia, and low blood pressure.
- Bipolar I disorder, particularly in the treatment of depressive and acute manic episodes. It can be used in monotherapy or as part of combination therapy with lithium, lamotrigine, and valproate. It is also used in maintenance treatment in combination with divalproex or lithium.
- Major depressive disorder, either on its own or as adjunct therapy with other medications. Sedation, however, is a side effect so caution must be exercised in its prescription.
Emphasis must be made that Seroquel XR is a prescription-only medication.
Seroquel XR isn’t recommend as adjunct treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, insomnia, anxiety disorders, and Tourette syndrome although many doctors use it off-label. Doctors and patients must work closely to determine whether the benefits outweigh the side effects.
The common side effects include dizziness, dry mouth, headaches, and drowsiness. Less common side effects include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and high pulse rate, as well as increased appetite, abdominal pain, and constipation.
The XR (extended release) formulation has been shown to produce less drowsiness (i.e., sedation) in comparison with the immediate release formulation.