Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication approved for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The medication cannot cure these conditions; however, it is generally successful in helping people manage their symptoms. Quetiapine is believed to work by blocking or lessening the effect of certain chemicals in the brain. Possible side effects include dry mouth, headaches, and drowsiness.
Quetiapine fumarate (Seroquel®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
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As with any medicine, side effects are possible with quetiapine. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the drug quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of this medication include, but are not limited to:
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You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles: