Seroquel XR Uses
Seroquel XR is a long-acting prescription medication used for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Although the drug can help control the symptoms of these conditions, it is not a cure. Recently, Seroquel XR was also approved for use as a depression treatment (when taken with an antidepressant). This medication is not approved to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder in children.
An Overview of Seroquel XR UsesSeroquel XR® (quetiapine XR) is a prescription medicine known as an "atypical antipsychotic" that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. When used in combination with an antidepressant, it is also approved for depression treatment. It is a long-acting medication that is taken just once a day.
Schizophrenia is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling and confusing mental illnesses. Although the causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood, it is currently thought that genetics and environmental factors play an important role in developing the illness. Depending on the type of schizophrenia (see Types of Schizophrenia), symptoms may include the following:
- A diminished ability to initiate and sustain planned activity
- Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
- Poor executive functioning (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on that information)
- An inability to stay focused
- Thought disorders
- Disorders of movement
- Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
- Lack of pleasure in everyday life
- Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently learned information in mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia (see Psychosocial Therapy for Schizophrenics), medication is often essential for schizophrenia treatment. Seroquel XR can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia. However, Seroquel XR is not a cure for the condition.