Quetiapine fumarate (Seroquel®) is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as "atypical antipsychotics." This prescription product has been licensed to treat the following conditions:
However, healthcare providers sometimes prescribe this drug for conditions it has not been approved to treat, such as:
- Behavior problems in elderly people with dementia
- Other behavior problems
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Quetiapine comes in the form of a tablet that is usually taken one to three times a day. If you are taking this drug once a day, it is usually best to take it at bedtime. Dry mouth, headaches, and drowsiness are some of the most common side effects. However, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, they tend to be minor and easy to treat.
(For more details, including a description of how the drug performed in clinical trials, click Quetiapine.)