Seroquel for Schizophrenia
Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is a prescription antipsychotic medication. Many people use Seroquel for schizophrenia, but the drug is also approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
Schizophrenia is one of the most confusing and disabling mental illnesses. The term refers to a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Depending on the type of schizophrenia, symptoms may include the following:
- Thought disorders
- Disorders of movement
- Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
- Lack of pleasure in everyday life
- A diminished ability to initiate and sustain planned activity
- Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
- Poor executive functioning (the ability to absorb and interpret information and make decisions based on that information)
- An inability to stay focused
- Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently learned information in mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia, medication is often essential in schizophrenia treatment. Seroquel can help improve the symptoms of schizophrenia. It also helps to prevent schizophrenia relapses (worsening of schizophrenia); however, the medication is not a cure for schizophrenia.
(Click Seroquel Uses for more information about using Seroquel for schizophrenia, to find out how the medication works, and to learn about possible "off-label" uses for the drug.)