|US brand name: Seroquel|
|Generic name: quetiapine|
Seroquel’s Pros and Cons
- As one of the mildest - and most prescribed - of all antipsychotics it doesn’t really carry the antipsychotic stigma as heavily as the other meds in this class.
- That also means it’s less likely to cause side effects involving prolactin (e.g. leaking nipples and/or man boobs) and movement disorders.
- You’ll sleep until next Tuesday.
- Of course, that could be a good thing, depending on how your life is at this moment.
- Other than the sleep thing, it takes longer than any other atypical antipsychotic to work. * You’ll probably gain weight and you might come down with type 2 diabetes.
Interesting Stuff your Doctor Probably didn’t Tell You about Seroquel
Seroquel is marginally better absorbed with food. So if you feel you need just a little boost in the dosage, try taking it with dinner or a late-night snack. Since Seroquel can make you gain a lot of weight, be careful about that late-night snacking.
Like most drugs older people don’t clear it out of their systems as well, to the point that they may need a lower dosage. That’s not particularly interesting. What is interesting is that Seroquel seems to work better for people under 40 than over 40.
Best Known for
Seroquel is notorious for two things: