Seroquel® (quetiapine fumarate) is a prescription drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Although most people respond well to Seroquel, alternatives to the medication are available if you develop any side effects or do not feel that your symptoms are improving. These alternatives may include therapy and other medications.
Therapy as a Seroquel Substitute
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.
Other Medications as Seroquel Alternatives
Many medications are available to treat bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, including:
- Other atypical antipsychotics
- Older, typical antipsychotics
- Mood stabilizers (for bipolar disorder).
(Click Seroquel Alternatives for more information about these various Seroquel substitutes and for a list of specific products that belong to each of the drug classes listed above.)