Quetiapine is known as an antipsychotic drug (atypical type). It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain. Quetiapine is used to treat certain mental/mood conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, sudden episodes of mania or depression associated with bipolar disorder. It can decrease hallucinations and improve concentration. Also helps you to think clearly and positively about yourself, feel less nervous. It may improve your mood, sleep, appetite and energy level. Drink plenty of liquids while you are taking Quetiapine.

Common side effects include:

• Stuffy nose;

• Fast heartbeats;

• Lack of energy;

• Dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness;

• Speech problems;

• Increased appetite, weight gain;

• Upset stomach, vomiting, constipation;

• Dry mouth; or

• Abnormal liver function tests.

Serious side effects include;

• Suicidal thoughts or actions;

• Neuroleptic malignant syndrome;

• Hypoglycemia (high blood sugar);

• Increased cholesterol and triglycerides;

• Tardive dyskinesia;

• Orthostatic hypotension;

• Low white blood cell count;

• Cataracts;

• Seizures;

• Abnormal thyroid levels;

• Increases in blood prolactin levels;

• Risk of death from stroke in seniors with dementia. 

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