What is Quetiapine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotics that is used to treat schizophrenia; for manic episodes and maintenance treatment in bipolar I and for depression in bipolar disorder. It may able be used for autism and psychosis/agitation related to Alzheimer's dementia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bipolar disorder 946 554
Insomnia 502 289
Bipolar II disorder 457 246
Bipolar I disorder 383 260
Major depressive disorder 128 82

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 320
Moderate 449
Mild 323
None 293

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Quetiapine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 246
Drowsiness 86
Sleepiness 59
Fatigue 49
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 41
Dry mouth 30

Show all 324 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Quetiapine

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 40
200 mg daily 24
50 mg daily 23
300 mg daily 19
400 mg daily 18
25 mg daily 17
150 mg daily 14
25mg as needed 10
800 mg daily 7
600 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Quetiapine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 532
Doctor's advice 267
Did not seem to work 244
Other 148
Expense 60
Course of treatment ended 59
Personal research 55
Change in health plan coverage 28
See all 924 patients who've stopped taking Quetiapine

Duration

Currently taking Quetiapine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 69
5 - 10 years 53
10 years or more 40

Stopped taking Quetiapine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 222
1 - 6 months 211
6 months - 1 year 141
1 - 2 years 156
2 - 5 years 133
5 - 10 years 70
10 years or more 20
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1074
Usually 192
Sometimes 63
Never taken as prescribed 56
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 119
Somewhat hard to take 186
A little hard to take 228
Not at all hard to take 852
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 34
$100-199 26
$50-99 59
$25-49 94
< $25 547
Not specified 625

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Quetiapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 42
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 36
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 31
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 25
Risperidone (Risperdal) 21

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Quetiapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 28
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 26
Trazodone (Desyrel) 26
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 22
Lurasidone (Latuda) 18

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching to

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79 patient evaluations for Quetiapine

Jul 15, 2017 (Started May 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

Mar 24, 2011 (Started May 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Very good med the only problem is very you can't afford it unless very rich or very poor. Cost is just ridicules I get the med however and whenever I can AZ and Me can help sometimes, put it on my part D right into the donut hole next 3 month order 1200. Living with it splitting pill more anxiety.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: sleepiness

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Feb 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar depressive episodes)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psychosis disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Feb 18, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psychosis disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar rapid cycling)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar depressive episodes)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 19, 2016 (Started Jul 13, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for bipolar I disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sleepiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I use Seroquel to help me sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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