Having a mental health condition appears to carry fewer stigmas than it once did. People are beginning to realize that there is no reason to be embarrassed or ashamed. If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, major depressive disorder (MDD), or bipolar disorder, your doctor may prescribe Seroquel XR or Quetiapine Extended Release to treat your symptoms. Seroquel XR is prescribed for those 18 years and older. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The science of exactly how Seroquel XR works is not completely understood, but is believed to work on certain brain chemicals or neurotransmitters in order to restore their balance. When taken as directed, Seroquel XR works as an antagonist that blocks the receptors for serotonin and dopamine, two of the many neurotransmitters that send signals throughout your brain and body.
Seroquel XR can help prevent too much serotonin from being produced to help calm your rapid mood swings, lift your spirits, and stop any thoughts of harming yourself. When dopamine is blocked, the ‘negative’ symptoms of schizophrenia, such as wanting to be alone or blunted emotional responses will improve. Seroquel XR is not a cure for any mental health disorders, but it can help you reduce the symptoms so you can rejoin society and enjoy your life.
Schizophrenia is characterized by a failure to identify what is real and exhibiting abnormal social behavior. You may start hearing voices, believe that ‘someone’ is out to get you, and prefer to be alone. Add to that, the lack of motivation or the inability to express your emotions and you will probably lose your job, drop out of school, or turn away from family.
Bipolar disorder causes unusual shifts in your mood, energy, and activity levels. There is a manic episode, depressive episode, or a mixed state in most people with bipolar disorder. During a manic episode, you can feel like you are on top of the world, your thoughts are racing, and you might engage in a risky behavior. A depressive episode involves a loss of interest in things you once enjoyed; you have problems concentrating and feel so hopeless that you may consider hurting yourself. A mixed state is the combination of a manic and depressive state.
The active ingredient in Levitra is Quetiapine Extended Release. Generic drugs such as Quetiapine Extended Release are less costly than brand name drugs and have the same active medicinal ingredients as their brand name counterparts. Generic Quetiapine Extended Release is available at a fraction of the cost of Seroquel XR.
Ask your doctor if Seroquel XR is safe to take if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you are on, including herbal remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements so your doctor can determine if Seroquel XR is the right prescription for you.
If you are diabetic, you will need to monitor your blood glucose regularly as Seroquel XR can increase these levels. Be patient! You may not notice the benefits of Seroquel XR for several weeks. Do not consume alcohol while taking Seroquel XR due to the risk of an increase in the side effects. You should not perform any tasks that are considered unsafe until you know how your body will react to Seroquel XR.