Seroquel is a drug used to treat conditions like schizophrenia, and also for depressive cases associate with bipolar disorder. Like all anti-depressants and antipsychotic drugs, this one also has its share of side effects.
The most common side effects of Seroquel are constipation, abdominal pain, rashes, sleepiness, nasal inflammation, headaches, low blood pressure, indigestion, and uncontrollable movements.
Though these side effects are not of serious nature, there may be other serious side effects also such as fainting, signs of infection such as fever or persistent sore throat, swelling in the arms, legs and feet, irregular heartbeat and weakness. One should approach the doctor as soon as such symptoms are noticed. On very rare occasions, patients on Seroquel may also have seizures or even change in their vision. Certain side effects like change in the amount of urine, increased sweating and muscle stiffness need immediate medical attention.
It is recommended that Seroquel should not be used with elderly patients suffering from dementia, since it may also lead to heart attacks and strokes. Apart from the above mentioned side effects, there may be suicidal thoughts in the patients taking Seroquel, a common side effect of all anti psychotic drugs. Hence, any changes in the behavior of these patients should be brought to the notice of the doctor.
Though most of the side effects have been listed above, the caretaker of patients, who are prescribed Seroquel, should be on the look out for anything unusual whatsoever, and bring it to the notice of the doctor immediately.
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