Other Medications as Seroquel AlternativesFortunately, many medications are available to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. These medications can include:
- Other atypical antipsychotics
- Older, typical antipsychotics
- Mood stabilizers (for bipolar disorder).
Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic. These drugs are usually effective at treating schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. It is thought that these newer antipsychotic medications may have fewer serious side effects than older antipsychotics (although studies have shown conflicting results). In addition to Seroquel, these medications can include:
- Aripiprazole (Abilify®)
- Asenapine (Saphris®)
- Clozapine (Clozaril®, FazaClo®)
- Iloperidone (Fanapt™)
- Lurasidone (Latuda®)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
- Paliperidone (Invega®)
- Risperidone (Risperdal®)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon®).
Symbyax® is a bipolar disorder medication that combines Zyprexa with fluoxetine (Prozac®), an antidepressant.
These are older, "first-generation" antipsychotic medications. While it is thought that these medications may be more likely to cause serious side effects, studies have shown conflicting results. These medications can include:
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine®)
- Fluphenazine (Prolixin®)
- Haloperidol (Haldol®)
- Loxapine (Adasuve™, Loxitane®)
- Molindone (Moban®)
- Perphenazine (Trilafon®)
- Pimozide (Orap®)
- Prochlorperazine (Compazine®, Compro®)
- Thiothixene (Navane®)
- Thioridazine (Mellaril®)
- Trifluoperazine (Stelazine®).
Mood stabilizers are effective at treating bipolar disorder, but not schizophrenia. Many (but not all) of these medications are anticonvulsants (meaning they are used to treat seizures). These medications can include:
- Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro™, Tegretol®, Tegretol XR®)
- Divalproex sodium (Depakote®, Depakote ER®)
- Lamotrigine (Lamictal®)
- Lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®)
- Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal®)
- Topiramate (Topamax®)
- Valproic acid (Depakene®) or delayed-release valproic acid (Stavzor®).