If a person is experiencing bothersome side effects while taking Seroquel, alternatives are available, including certain types of psychotherapy and other medications. While therapy alone typically cannot replace the drug, it is an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan. Medications that are considered Seroquel alternatives include other atypical antipsychotics, typical antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. These may be used if symptoms are not adequately controlled with Seroquel.
Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat the following conditions:
Seroquel is part of a group of atypical antipsychotics or second-generation antipsychotics. For most people, the drug is effective in treating the symptoms of these conditions (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms or Symptoms of Schizophrenia). Most people also tolerate the medication quite well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not adequately control a person's symptoms. Fortunately, several alternatives to Seroquel are available for the treatment of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, including:
- Other medications.
It is unlikely that therapy alone can replace the need for medication in people who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However, therapy can be an important part of a well-rounded treatment plan. Numerous studies have found that psychosocial treatments as part of an overall schizophrenia treatment plan can be quite helpful. This therapy helps people who are already stabilized on antipsychotic medication deal with certain aspects of schizophrenia, such as difficulty with:
- Establishing and maintaining relationships with others.
As an addition to medication, psychosocial treatments -- including certain forms of psychotherapy (or "talk" therapy) -- are helpful in providing support, education, and guidance to people with bipolar disorder, as well as to their families. Studies have shown that psychosocial interventions can lead to increased mood stability, fewer hospitalizations, and improved functioning in several areas.
(Click Psychosocial Therapy for Schizophrenics or Bipolar Psychosocial Treatments for more information.)