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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Seroquel

Seroquel is a drug used to fight depression. While watching TV I noticed that they rattled off a long list of side effects. What's worse is most antidepressants have adverse sexual side effects, SSRI's being among the worst according to the Mayo Clinic. If I had all these symptoms I'd be depressed too! This is a list of side effects from Seroquelxr:

  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS): 
    • high fever
    • stiff muscles
    • confusion
    • sweating
    • changes in pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure. 
    • These may be symptoms of a rare and serious condition that can lead to death. Stop Seroquel XR and call your health care provider right away.
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia):
    Call your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms of high blood sugar while taking Seroquel XR:
      • feel very thirsty
      • need to urinate more than usual
      • feel very hungry
      • feel weak or tired
      • feel sick to your stomach
      • feel confused, or your breath smells fruity.
  • High cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood (fat in the blood): Increases in total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol and decreases in HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Increase in weight (weight gain)
  • Tardive dyskinesia: Tell your health care provider about any movements you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other body parts. 
  • Orthostatic hypotension (decreased blood pressure): Lightheadedness or fainting caused by a sudden change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
  • Increases in blood pressure: Reported in children and teenagers. Your health care provider should check blood pressure in children and adolescents before starting Seroquel XR and during therapy. Seroquel XR is not approved for patients under 18 years of age.
  • Low white blood cell count
  • Cataracts
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal thyroid tests
  • Increases in prolactin levels
  • Increases in liver enzymes
  • Long lasting and painful erection
  • Difficulty swallowing
These are not all the possible side effects of Seroquel XR.

I'm not singling Seroquel out, they just happened to have the commercial that saw most recently.

3 comments:

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Ugh. Thanks for reminding me of my pharmacology homework.... lol

Firefighter/Paramedic said...

You're welcome. ;)

Missie said...

Oh the joys of pharmaceuticals! NOT I don't think I would want to take this medication...would probably make me more depressed than I was in the first place. Thanks for sharing the info!

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