Seroquel Uses for Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a serious brain disease that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. Currently, it is thought that bipolar disorder may be at least partially genetic (see Bipolar Causes).
Bipolar disorder 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 (see Bipolar Disorder Symptoms). Effective bipolar disorder treatment usually involves a combination of psychotherapy (see Bipolar Psychosocial Treatments) and bipolar medications.
Seroquel is used 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).
Can Children Use It?
Seroquel has been approved to treat schizophrenia in children as young as 13 years old. It is also approved to treat manic episodes of bipolar disorder (either used alone or in combination with lithium or divalproex) in children as young as 10 years old.
It is not approved to treat bipolar depression or for maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder in individuals under the age of 18. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Seroquel in children.