What is Quetiapine Abuse?
Quetiapine Fumarate (Seroquel) is a pharmaceutical drug in a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. It is an antagonist to serotonin and dopamine. Antagonist drugs block the corresponding receptors in the brain, and replaces them with effects of its own. This action basically gives the brain what it wants, but just enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms and side effects.
It was designed to treat schizophrenia and decrease mania and depression episodes in bipolar disorder. However, it is far more often used to treat insomnia and mood disorders rather than actual psychosis.
It has also been used to treat Alzheimer’s although it is not licensed for this purpose.
Dosages range from 25mg to 400mg. 100mg and lower dosages are more sedating than higher doses.
How is Quetiapine abused?
Quetiapine is often used by addicts for self-detox from other drugs which cause psychosis, such as cocaine and methamphetamine. It also works as a sedative, which depresses the central nervous system and allows the user to relax.
For example, a user trying to come down from a stimulant may engage in quetiapine abuse to reduce symptoms. It can also be used to treat a negative psychedelic experience such as a bad LSD trip.
Quetiapine is not commonly used on its own for recreational purposes. This is because its effects do not provide a euphoric high such as those of heroin or cocaine.
What are the side effects of Quetiapine?
Behavioral Side effects may include:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- irritability and agitation
- suicidal ideations
Physical side effects may include:
- drowsiness or lethargy
- dry mouth and sore throat
- stomach pain
- upset stomach and nausea
- breast swelling or discharge
- missed menstrual periods; or
- increased appetite, weight gain.
If you or someone you know is engaging in quetiapine abuse, please seek help immediately.