Like Zyprexa and the other atypical antipsychotics, Seroquel (quetiapine) was developed primarily to treat schizophrenia and psychosis but is approved to treat acute bipolar mania, mixed episodes (mania and depression), and as a maintenance treatment for bipolar.
Seroquel can improve symptoms of schizophrenia and psychotic breaks that may occur in bipolar, including the following: It may also improve conditions such as social isolation, limited motivation, and reduced speech activity for some people.
It is utilized for the treatment of serious psychiatric conditions, primarily schizophrenia.
The “XR” (extended-release) version was among the top selling psychiatric drugs of 2013, and is clearly very profitable for both its developer as well as doctors that receive kickbacks for each prescription.
Bipolar disorder is a common type of mood disorder affecting between 3.5-6% of the population (lifetime prevalence: Akiskal, et al. Previously, it was thought that the lifetime prevalence was 1-1.5% of the population; however, more recent epidemiological studies and new, refined diagnostic criteria have revealed the larger prevalence rate.
It is now appreciated that there are a number of different types of bipolar disorder and together these are often referred to as bipolar spectrum disorders.
In bipolar disorder, however, other medications may be available that will work as well, but this family of medicine often becomes essential to managing the illness.
Seroquel (Quetiapine) is an atypical antipsychotic medication developed and promoted by the company Astra Zeneca.
The total daily dose for the first four days of therapy is 50 mg (Day 1), 100 mg (Day 2), 200 mg (Day 3) and 300 mg (Day 4) From Day 4 onwards, the dose should be titrated to the usual effective dose of 300 to 450 mg/day.
Depending on the clinical response and tolerability of the individual patient, the dose may be adjusted within the range 150 to 750 mg/day.
Further dosage adjustments up to 800 mg/day by Day 6 should be in increments of no greater than 200 mg/day.
– Zyprexa (olanzapine) and Risperdal (risperidone). Because the Zyprexa post contains a great deal of information that applies to the atypical antipsychotics as a group, we encourage you to read it first.