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Seroquel Side Effects (Generic: Quetiapine)

Bipolar Medications Library


Updated June 30, 2014

Seroquel - generic quetiapine - is an atypical antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia and the the psychotic features of other mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder. Patients taking Seroquel or generic should be aware of the potential side effects of Seroquel.

Seroquel Side Effects:

Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

More common: constipation; dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position; drowsiness; dry mouth; increased weight; indigestion

Less common: Abdominal pain; abnormal vision; decrease in appetite; decreased strength and energy; feeling of fast or irregular heartbeat; headache; increased muscle tone; increased sweating; stuffy or runny nose

SPECIAL WARNING: Along with its needed effects, Seroquel / quetiapine can sometimes cause serious side effects. Some side effects will have signs or symptoms that you can see or feel. Your doctor may watch for others, such as changes in the lenses of the eyes, by doing certain tests. Tardive dyskinesia (a movement disorder) may occur and may not go away after you stop using the medicine. Signs of tardive dyskinesia include fine, worm-like movements of the tongue, or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, or arms and legs. Another serious but rare side effect that may occur is the neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). You and your doctor should discuss the good this medicine will do as well as the risks of taking it.

Stop taking this medicine and get emergency help immediately if the following side effects occur:

Symptoms of NMS (be most concerned if two or more of these symptoms occur together. Most, though not all, of these symptoms do not require emergency medical attention if they occur alone): convulsions (seizures); difficult or unusually fast breathing; fast heartbeat or irregular pulse; high fever; high or low (irregular) blood pressure; increased sweating; loss of bladder control; severe muscle stiffness; unusually pale skin; unusual tiredness or weakness

Always Notify Doctor Immediately:

Less common: Fever, chills, muscle aches, or sore throat; loss of balance control; masklike face; shuffling walk; skin rash; slowed movements; stiffness of arms or legs; swelling of feet or lower legs; trembling and shaking of hands and fingers; trouble in breathing, speaking, or swallowing

Rare: Menstrual changes; unusual secretion of milk (in females)

Rare: Symptoms of underactive thyroid (usually two or more occur together; these symptoms do not require medical attention if they occur alone unless they continue or are bothersome): dry, puffy skin; loss of appetite; tiredness; weight gain

Seroquel Overdose Effects - Notify Doctor Immediately:

May be more severe than side effects occurring at regular doses, or several may occur together:

Drowsiness; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; low blood pressure; weakness

Other Seroquel side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be all-inclusive or to replace information provided by your doctor or with the prescription from the manufacturer.

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