In the United States, it is estimated that two percent of the adult population suffers from complications associated with a mental health disorder known as bipolar disorder, or manic depression. Also commonly referred to as bipolar depression with acute mania, individuals who suffer from this mental health complication find their quality life is significantly deteriorated as the condition is unmanageable from a psychological standpoint.
In an effort to remedy the significant number of under treated Americans who suffer from bipolar disorder and acute mania, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals has released an FDA aporoved drug, Seroquel. As a drug that boasts achievement in managing both bipolar depression and acute mania, patients who suffer from this mental health complication report an improvement in quality of life within a few days of initiating use.
Seroquel, as a once-per-day dosing formula, is recommended in dosing ranges from 25 milligrams to as high as 600 milligrams, depending on the needs of the patient. Dosing, in suspended release formula, used immediately before bedtime provides relief of bipolar depression and acute mania symptoms for the 24 hours of followed dosing. To gain effective therapeutic benefit, the patient should begin at low dosing and then slowly increase the dose over several days until optimal therapeutic relief is obtained.
As with any FDA approved drug, the use of Seroquel, in the treatment of manic depression, bipolar depression and even schizophrenia, does not come without side effects. Side effects most commonly reported by patients include lethargy, change in bowel movement, dry mouth and even change in vision. With most patients, these complications are alleviated as therapeutic effectiveness is achieved.
Additionally, as a Category C drug classification, the use of Seroquel may not be safe for use in pregnancy. If you are a woman who is pregnant, or may become pregnant, it is important to discuss your family planning needs with the mental health provider as Seroquel has not been studied in the complications to a developing fetus and pregnancy.
For patients who suffer from pre-existing, or co morbid, complications involving cardiovascular disease or complications of the kidneys, gastrointestinal complications and even complications associated with sexual dysfunction, the use of Seroquel, to treat bipolar depression, acute mania and even schizophrenia, may not be indicated.
As with any mental health complication, the key to your successful management of depression or mania symptoms may lie in the early diagnosis and treatment. When suffering from bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, it is important to discuss the use of Seroquel with your mental health professional to ensure every consideration is made in providing optimal medication management of your mental health complication.