Bipolar (Seroquel)

Bipolar (Seroquel)

Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder isn't the end of the road-it's the beginning of a new journey toward healing. On this resource page, you'll learn spiritual techniques you can use to supplement your care or to help a loved one cope.

Bipolar Disorder and the Spiritual Life

How does your bipolar disorder affect your spirituality? Learn how you can align your soul and your mind at the same time while still retaining your sense of self.

Video: Loving a Bipolar Person

Therese Borchard asks two men--one of whom is her husband--for their insights on how they find joy and peace in their marriages to bipolar women.

If You're Taking Medication

Tips to Enhance Your Quality of Life

•Yoga for Emotional Balance

This sequence of balancing yoga poses is a practice to help your body relax and open to the healing work that you're doing on your journey with bipolar.

•Healthy Summer Recipes

"Our Lady of Weight Loss" author Janice Taylor shares some of her healthiest outdoor cooking recipes to keep your weight in line all summer long.

•The Best Spiritual Diets

A review of 7 programs meant to flavor your quest for weight management with wisdom and meaning.

7 Quick Ways to Calm Down

Are you feeling easily overwhelmed? Try these 7 anxiety zappers from "Beyond Blue" author Therese Borchard that can rescue you from daily stresses.

Tips: How to Restart Your Day

For those times when your mind is addled and your center is shaky, restart your day with this little black bag of cures and find your beautiful balance.

8 Ways to Help Your Bipolar Loved One Cope

Bipolar disorder affects more than the person who's been diagnosed--it impacts friends, family, and colleagues as well. Learn how to do your part to help a bipolar person in your life cope.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Call your health care provider immediately if you think you may have a medical emergency. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Important Safety Information about SEROQUEL

This is not a complete summary of safety information. Please discuss the full Prescribing Information with your health care provider.

SEROQUEL is approved to treat the depressive episodes and the acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder.

Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis (having lost touch with reality due to confusion and memory loss) treated with this type of medicine are at an increased risk of death, compared to placebo (sugar pill). SEROQUEL is not approved for treating these patients.

Antidepressants have increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults. Patients of all ages starting treatment should be watched closely for worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, unusual changes in behavior, agitation, and irritability. Families and caregivers should watch patients daily and report these symptoms immediately to the physician. SEROQUEL is not approved for patients under the age of 18 years.

High blood sugar and diabetes have been reported with SEROQUEL and medicines like it. If you have diabetes or risk factors such as obesity or a family history of diabetes, ask your doctor about checking your blood sugar before starting SEROQUEL and regularly throughout treatment. If you develop symptoms of high blood sugar or diabetes, such as excessive thirst or hunger, increased urination, or weakness, contact your doctor. Complications from diabetes can be serious and even life threatening.

A rare, but potentially fatal, side effect reported with SEROQUEL and medicines like it is neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Tell your doctor if you have very high fever; rigid muscles; shaking; confusion; sweating; changes in pulse, heart rate, or blood pressure; or muscle pain and weakness because treatment should be stopped if you have NMS.

Another serious side effect reported with SEROQUEL and medicines like it is tardive dyskinesia (TD)uncontrollable movements of the face, tongue, or other parts of the body. TD may become permanent, and the risk of TD is believed to increase as the length of time on and the amount of these medications increase. While TD can develop in patients taking low doses for short periods, this is much less common. There is no known treatment for TD, but it may go away partially or completely if treatment is stopped. Before starting treatment, tell your doctor if you have high cholesterol or have a history of, or are at risk for, seizures or a low white blood cell (WBC) count. An eye exam for cataracts is recommended at the beginning of treatment and every 6 months thereafter. Suicidal thoughts or actions may occur in bipolar disorder; tell your doctor if you have thoughts about death or suicide. During treatment, tell your doctor if you feel dizzy or lightheaded upon standing. Since drowsiness has been reported with SEROQUEL, you should not participate in activities such as driving or operating machinery until you know that you can do so safely. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking SEROQUEL because SEROQUEL increases the effects of alcohol. Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated while taking SEROQUEL.

The most common side effects are dry mouth, drowsiness, sedation, dizziness, high blood sugar, weakness, constipation, abdominal pain, sudden drop in blood pressure upon standing, sore throat, weight gain, abnormal liver tests, upset stomach, and sluggishness.

Please see Prescribing Information, including Boxed Warnings.