AstraZeneca introduced the atypical antipsychotic drug, Seroquel, to the United States market in 1997. The FDA has approved the use of Seroquel in treating rapid cycling bipolar disorder and the seriously debilitating symptoms of schizophrenia. As with any prescription medication, Seroquel abuse is possible, and it is important that medical professionals take this into consideration when prescribing this medicine. Seroquel also reacts with many other types of drugs which can compound the effects of Seroquel abuse. All prescription drugs, including Seroquel, should be kept out of reach of children and teenagers, as potential for Seroquel abuse is possible.
Over sixty percent of patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder also have chemical addictions to drugs or alcohol. This makes Seroquel abuse a valid and important issue to discuss with your doctor as abuse of other drugs may correlate to Seroquel abuse. On the other hand, because Seroquel has been shown to relieve the symptoms of bipolar disorder, it is possible that this relief may also appease the severity of drug or alcohol abuse in bipolar patients. In any case, Seroquel abuse is an important concern for doctors and patients alike.
The makers of Seroquel have insufficient evidence regarding the likelihood of Seroquel abuse in patients. While evidence to date has not shown any increased tendency towards drug seeking behavior, the manufacturers urge doctors to carefully evaluate patients for a history of drug abuse. Doctors should also carefully observe their patients for any signs of tolerance, Seroquel abuse, or misuse.
There is also limited evidence about the effects of an overdose in regards to Seroquel abuse. Studies have administered 1200mg to 1600mg doses of Seroquel to patients and no fatalities were reported. The effects of this Seroquel abuse included dizziness, nausea, drowsiness and significant sedation, rapid heart beat, low blood pressure, and syncope (blacking out).
If Seroquel abuse overdose is suspected, immediate medical attention should be sought. There is no known antidote to Seroquel and intensive care measures are recommended to treat Seroquel abuse overdose. The patient's airway must be established and maintained and the cardiovascular system should be closely monitored. Multiple drug interactions should be considered in Seroquel abuse cases. The patient should be carefully monitored until s/he fully recovers.
If you or someone you know is taking Seroquel and you suspect a Seroquel abuse overdose or experience any other adverse symptoms, medical treatment should be sought immediately. If injury has occurred as a result of Seroquel abuse or adverse side effects are experienced, you may wish to consult a legal professional who can advise you of your legal rights and options in a personal injury case.
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