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Seroquel for Bipolar Disorder

Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is available by prescription only. While many people use this drug for treating schizophrenia, healthcare providers may also prescribe Seroquel for bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. This condition is different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through -- the symptoms of bipolar disorder are more severe. Episodes of mania and depression typically recur throughout the affected person's lifespan. Between episodes, most people with bipolar disorder are free of symptoms. Effective bipolar disorder treatment usually involves a combination of psychotherapy and bipolar medications.
Seroquel is approved to treat bipolar depression or manic episodes. It is also approved to be used along with lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®) or divalproex (Depakote®, Depakote® ER) for "maintenance" treatment of bipolar disorder (ongoing treatment to help reduce or prevent symptoms or relapses).
(Click Seroquel Uses for more information about using Seroquel for bipolar disorder, to learn about other uses of this medication, and to find out if it is used "off-label" for any conditions.)
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