|Chemical name: Quetiapine
Brand name: Seroquel
Typical dosage: 100mg
Typical type: Tablet1
Quetiapine is a medication used to treat bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. Quetiapine is available as a brand name or generic and comes as an oral tablet.
Quetiapine is a medication typically used to treat bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia. The brand name equivalent of Quetiapine is called Seroquel.
Quetiapine is typically taken one to two times daily, depending on what type of Quetiapine you take. Quetiapine comes as an immediate release or extended release drug.
Quetiapine works in the brain to increase dopamine and serotonin levels. Major side effects include dizziness, headache, feeling nervous or excited, constipation, fatigue, hunger, weight gain, upset stomach, back pain and stuffy nose.
Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Quetiapine.1
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Quetiapine.
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Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.
|Deductible stage||Typical copay stage|
|Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.
In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.
Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $415 in 2019.
|After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.
During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
|$4– $124||Free – $46|
The immediate release tablets can be taken with or without food. If you are taking the extended release tablet, take it on an empty stomach or with a light amount of food.
It is important to take Quetiapine according to your doctor’s instructions. Stopping Quetiapine abruptly can result in withdrawal symptoms and extreme side effects.
In some children and young adults who take it, Quetiapine can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. This risk is higher in people who have had these thoughts or actions prior to starting Quetiapine. Call the doctor if you experience any suicidal thoughts or changes in mood.
There can be an increased risk of death in elderly people who take Quetiapine for mental problems due to dementia. This drug is not approved to treat mental problems caused by dementia.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.