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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Seroquel - To Help In The Treatment Of Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder, Is Available Online Again

By: Danny N

Like other antipsychotics, Quetiapine blocks the chemicals that nerves use to communicate with each other. Dopamine type 2 and Serotonin type 2 receptors are believed to mar the normal functioning of our brain cells, leading to abnormal behavior and thinking in individuals. Quetiapine is thought to successfully block these two receptors from causing further damage to our brain cells, thus providing relief to those who have been afflicted by schizophrenia, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, catatonia or acute manic episodes of bipolar disorder. Seroquel is not meant for use in dementia-related psychosis, and can be fatal if given to older adults with this condition.

Seroquel has to be daily taken twice, maybe thrice, as the psychiatrist says with a glassful of water, with/without food. Doctors gradually increase the dosage over several days or weeks before the desired effect is reached. The initial dose given by doctors for schizophrenia is 25mg twice/thrice daily; target - 300mg- 400mg daily. The initial dose for bipolar disorder is 50mg twice daily, target - 400mg a day, but doctors dont go beyond 800mg. Patients must not exceed the dose. If a dose has been missed, you can take it if there is much time left for the next dose, otherwise leave it, doses must be properly spaced.

As with other medications, Seroquel brings its side effects, which may include agitation, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, weight gain, stomach upset or constipation. To counter dizziness on getting up from bed or a chair, one must get up slowly; while those who are handling heavy machinery or driving, have to be extremely alert while taking quetiapine, or they can assess how this drug effects them before they plan to continue such activities.

If a patient has new/worsening of panic attacks/anxiety/hostility/ aggressiveness, insomnia, hyperactivity, depression, thoughts of suicide, call the doctor at once or if the patient experiences fast/uneven heartbeats, stiff muscles, uncontrollable jerky muscle movement, sudden numbness, problems with vision-speech-balance, frequent or no urination, hives, difficulty in breathing, or swelling of the face-lips-tongue-throat, then immediate medical help has to be sought.

There could be other side effects, some of which could be fatal or cause irreversible damage, so the patients must give their complete medical history to the treating doctor, informing him of all the ailments they have suffered from, medicines taken in the past and medicines they are allergic to this will enable the doctor to prescribe the dose best suited for them, and to help them to avoid drugs which if taken alongwith Seroquel, could be potentially harmful.

Quetiapine may increase levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Hyperglycemia could also take place, so patients with family history of diabetes have to get blood tests done regularly to detect the onset of diabetes. Quetiapine is also associated with the development of cataracts, so eye examinations should also be taken regularly. If diabetes or cataract formation results in a patient, then treatment with Seroquel has to be stopped. Alcoholic beverages have to be avoided while taking Seroquel, as well as overheating and dehydration. All antipsychotic drugs increase the risk of death in elderly patients those being treated with quetiapine need proper supervision by their doctor and family. Seroquel is not recommended for pregnant women while nursing mothers who take this drug should not breastfeed their infants. Doctors prescribe it for children who are 10 or above. The drug has to be stored away from heat, light or moisture; out of reach of children and pets. Never share your medicine with anyone else as it can harm that person.

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Buy Seroquel 100mg available Online against a medical prescription - the medication used to treat
schizophrenia, paranoia, catatonia and bipolar disorder. Follow your doctors advice, take the correct dose, and keep it safe from children and pets.

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