Seroquel, or quetiapine fumarate, is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder 4. These mental illnesses are caused by severe chemical imbalances in the brain. Schizophrenia symptoms include disabling interference with thoughts and perceptions. Bipolar disorder symptoms include severe mood and behavioral changes with extreme mania and depression. Seoquel is a common medication used to treat these symptoms.
Gastrointestinal Withdrawal Symptoms
Abrupt withdrawal from Seroquel can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to Rx List 14. Seroquel disrupts serotonin levels in the brain that control stomach and intestinal reflexes. The resulting imbalances in these reflexes and irritation to the stomach lining may cause cramping, pain, nausea and vomiting 1. Abrupt chemical changes in the brain can also produce dizziness, which in itself can cause nausea or vomiting—in motion sickness, for example. The abrupt chemical change caused by Seroquel withdrawal may be the reason for these symptoms, notes Health Searches. Diarrhea is another symptom of Seroquel withdrawal. Disruption of delicate intestinal balances can irritate the intestines, and diarrhea is the body's attempt to cleanse itself of these irritants.
- Abrupt withdrawal from Seroquel can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to Rx List 1.
- Abrupt chemical changes in the brain can also produce dizziness, which in itself can cause nausea or vomiting—in motion sickness, for example.
Neurological Withdrawal Symptoms
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Headaches, dizziness and irritability accompany the abrupt withdrawal of Seroquel. Neurological brain chemicals normally can work together with antipsychotic and antidepressant medications, easing symptoms of mental illness. An abrupt withdrawal from medication can disrupt this balance. Sodium and potassium, for example, maintain electrical and chemical reactions in the brain and affect all brain and organ functions. Therefore, imbalances can also cause:
- even death if uncorrected
- advises Dr
* author of "Palliative Care Perspectives. 2"
- Headaches, dizziness and irritability accompany the abrupt withdrawal of Seroquel.
- Therefore, imbalances can also cause: * thirst
* even death if uncorrected
* advises Dr James Hallenbeck
* author of "Palliative Care Perspectives.
Mood or Behavior Changes
Individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder require close monitoring during treatment with antipsychotic and antidepressant medications owing to poor medication management. Individuals with severe mental illness may abruptly stop taking medication in response to thought and perception disruptions. Caregivers should immediately notify a treating physician if they notice changes in mood or behavior in patients they suspect may have stopped taking their medication. Seroquel maintains its antipsychotic effects even when a patient misses one or two doses; to maintain its efficacy, however, patients should take Seroquel as prescribed.
- Individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder require close monitoring during treatment with antipsychotic and antidepressant medications owing to poor medication management.
How Does Depakote Affect the Brain?
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- Health Searches: Nausea and Vomiting
- "Palliative Care Perspectives"; James Hallenbeck; 2003
- University of Texas Psychiatric Center: Understanding Schizophrenia
- Rx List: Seroquel, Quetiapine
- Schneider LS, Dagerman KS, Insel P. Risk of death with atypical antipsychotic drug treatment for dementia: Meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials. JAMA. 2005;294(15):1934-1943. doi:10.1001/jama.294.15.1934
Suann Schuster has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. She served as an item writer for McGraw-Hill Education and a curriculum author. Schuster now provides content for Science and Massage Therapy texts for McGraw-Hill, as well as for test banks. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Sedona.