Quetiapine

Effects

In previous clinical studies of quetiapine for the treatment of schizophrenia, people taking the drug experienced improvement in their schizophrenia symptoms (including hallucinations and suspiciousness) when compared to those not taking the drug.
 
Previous clinical studies have also shown quetiapine to be effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder. In these studies, the drug was effective for treating episodes of mania or depression and also helped prevent symptoms of bipolar disorder from returning. For bipolar depression episodes, quetiapine reduced suicidal thinking and improved the overall quality of life. For bipolar mania episodes, it helped to decrease the manic symptoms.
 

When and How to Take Quetiapine

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
 
  • Quetiapine comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth one to three times a day. If you are taking the medication once a day, it is usually best to take it at bedtime.
     
  • You can take the medication with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • It should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels in your blood.
     
  • For the drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Quetiapine will not work if you stop taking it.
 

Dosing Information

The dose of quetiapine that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The medical condition being treated
  • The severity of your condition
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Quetiapine Dosing for more information.)
  
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