A Seroquel alcohol combination can be dangerous, even fatal. Mixing drugs or alcohol with any other substances is a very risky thing to do. The most common reason people overdose on drugs is due to the fact that they have been mixing the drug with another substance or multiple substances. Prescription drug abuse is also becoming quite common.
Seroquel and alcohol are no different; mixing these two substances can be deadly. Many people think that because this Seroquel Alcohol combination involves mixing two legal drugs (assuming the Seroquel was prescribed and the person is of legal drinking age), it is not dangerous. This is so untrue. Prescription drug addiction is quickly becoming the most serious drug addiction on our country and many deaths can be attributed to overdoses of these drugs or deadly combinations of the drugs or drugs and alcohol.
Seroquel is the brand name for the drug quetiapin, a drug classified as an atypical antipsychotic. It is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Seroquel is also used as an additional medication to help treat depression. Occasionally, Seroquel is prescribed in lower dosages as a sleeping aid because one of the side effects is drowsiness. Alcohol drug treatment centers sometimes use it as help for drug addicts with problems sleeping while in detox in inpatient drug rehab.
• Increase in blood sugar, which can lead to extreme thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, blurred vision, or weakness
• Difficulty cooling down body temperature
• Stomach pain or swelling
• Increased appetite/weight gain
• Head ache/stuffy nose
• Difficulty concentrating and difficulty speaking
• Loss of coordination
• Unusual dreams
• Tingling, numbness, or burning in the arms or legs
• Decreased sexual desire or ability
The following side effects are very serious and if you experience any of them while taking Seroquel, you should contact your doctor or a medical professional immediately:
• Vision changes
• uncontrollable and spontaneous mobility in your arms and legs, or your face, tongue and/or lips
• erection lasts for hours and can be very painful
• very high body temperatures
• stiff muscles, body or joint pain, and weakness
• sweating more than usual
• irregular heartbeat
• bleeding and/or bruising that is irregular
• sore throat
• rashes, hives, and/or blisters on your body
• Hard time breathing
As you can see from the extensive list of side effects, Seroquel can be dangerous even when it is taken without alcohol or any other substances (same goes for alcohol). That being said, almost all prescribed drugs have side effects and before taking Seroquel or deciding to stop taking Seroquel, you should speak to your prescribing doctor.
The Seroquel alcohol combination can make the side effects of Seroquel even more extreme. Combining Seroquel and alcohol increases the chance and severity of developing negative side effects. For example, the Seroquel alcohol combination increases drowsiness and puts you at a much higher risk for low blood pressure. When Seroquel alcohol are mixed, there is a chance of respiratory depression, and even respiratory failure, which leads to sudden death.
Many people have a hard time believing that mixing drugs is dangerous and believing that something bad will ever happen to them. It is even harder to comprehend that mixing legal drugs can be dangerous and potentially fatal. After all, if the drug was so dangerous, why would my doctor prescribe it for me in the first place?
Drug interactions can be deadly. While a doctor may prescribe you a drug, your doctor has no way of monitoring every patient he has every second of the day, leading many people to mix medications they should not be mixing regardless of what their prescribing doctor says. My hope is that this information can make people aware of just how dangerous the Seroquel alcohol combination can be, and most likely, will be.
If you or a loved one has a problem with addiction to Seroquel or any other prescription drug, remember that there are drug rehab centers that can help. These treatment facilities are not just for those using illegal drugs. They are for anyone who has a problem with substance abuse of any type.