What is Quetiapine?

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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 944 554
Insomnia 505 296
Bipolar II disorder 459 250
Bipolar I disorder 385 268
Major depressive disorder 129 85

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 316
Moderate 460
Mild 331
None 299

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Quetiapine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 254
Drowsiness 89
Sleepiness 59
Fatigue 50
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 42
Dry mouth 30

Show all 329 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Quetiapine

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 mg daily 31
50 mg daily 19
200 mg daily 15
300 mg daily 13
150 mg daily 12
25 mg daily 11
400 mg daily 11
600 mg daily 9
800 mg daily 6
25mg as needed 6

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Why patients stopped taking Quetiapine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 527
Doctor's advice 270
Did not seem to work 240
Other 149
Expense 58
Course of treatment ended 57
Personal research 53
Change in health plan coverage 28
See all 918 patients who've stopped taking Quetiapine

Duration

Currently taking Quetiapine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 62
10 years or more 32

Stopped taking Quetiapine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 219
1 - 6 months 210
6 months - 1 year 140
1 - 2 years 154
2 - 5 years 134
5 - 10 years 71
10 years or more 21
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1093
Usually 196
Sometimes 62
Never taken as prescribed 55
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 118
Somewhat hard to take 190
A little hard to take 230
Not at all hard to take 868
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 34
$100-199 26
$50-99 57
$25-49 95
< $25 555
Not specified 639

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Quetiapine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Trazodone (Desyrel) 44
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 35
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 31
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 26
Risperidone (Risperdal) 22

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Quetiapine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 28
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 28
Trazodone (Desyrel) 27
Lurasidone (Latuda) 21
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 19

Show all 55 treatments patients report switching to

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78 patient evaluations for Quetiapine

Jan 21, 2020 (Started Jan 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Substance abuse)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

Jun 8, 2015 (Started Jan 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Substance abuse)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

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
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