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Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is a prescription antipsychotic medicine used for treating bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Although most people tolerate this medication well, there are some potentially negative effects of Seroquel that you should be aware of before starting treatment. It is important to use caution when giving the drug to elderly people with dementia or dementia-related psychosis; the FDA has issued a special warning about this. Elderly people with dementia who are treated with antipsychotics (including Seroquel) are more likely to die of various causes than those who were not treated with those medications.
Seroquel is also known to cause a number of side effects. Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with this medicine include dizziness, drowsiness, nasal congestion, and increased appetite. Seroquel may also increase the risk of seizures and cause a life-threatening condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
(Click Seroquel Side Effects and Seroquel Warnings and Precautions to learn about the other negative effects of Seroquel and to find out which side effects are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately.)
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