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What is Seroquel?

Seroquel is a medication known as an atypical antipsychotic that is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. The medication is also sometimes used to treat symptoms of bipolar disorder.

When did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve the medication?

Seroquel was first approved by the FDA in 1997.

Can children take Seroquel?

Seroquel has been approved to treat schizophrenia in children ages 13 and older. However, teens taking atypical antipsychotics can be at higher risk for side effects such as weight gain and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Talk to the child’s doctor about the risks of using the medication.

Are there any other medical conditions that would make someone ineligible for Seroquel therapy?

Talk to the doctor about other medical conditions before taking Seroquel, such as a prolonged QT interval, diabetes, dementia, seizures, cataracts, low white blood cell count, high cholesterol, high or low blood pressure, a history of heart attack or stroke, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, heart disease, or liver disease.

What is the typical starting dose that would be prescribed to someone taking Seroquel?

The FDA recommends a starting dosage of 25mg twice a day for the treatment of schizophrenia. The safety of doses above 800 mg per day has not been established. Dosage may differ for the extended-release version of the medication and for the treatment of bipolar disorder.