Alcohol and Seroquel
In most cases, people being treated for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are advised to not combine alcohol and Seroquel. Taking these two substances together can increase the side effects of Seroquel, especially drowsiness or low blood pressure. A person's tolerance for alcohol may also be affected. If you decide to drink anyhow, talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol and Seroquel, including how it affects your specific situation.
Drinking alcohol while taking Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is generally not recommended. Combining the two can increase the chance and severity of several Seroquel side effects. In addition, many people with mental illness are advised to avoid alcohol.
Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain side effects of Seroquel, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure (when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking the drug. Also, you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking in the past.
Seroquel is approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It is typically best for people with these mental illnesses to avoid alcohol, as it may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication."
Although people are typically advised not to combine alcohol and Seroquel, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider if taking the drug. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Seroquel and alcohol that is right for your particular situation. If you do drink and need to stop, your healthcare provider can suggest ways to help you with this.