Is Seroquel Addictive?
Seroquel is the brand marketing name for the drug quetiapine. It is used for a number of different indications. In adults it is a drug prescribed to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia; it is sometimes used to prevent the condition of mania ("frenzied, abnormally excited or irritated mood" according to the National Institutes of Health) or depression in people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder; and it is used to treat depression.
In children, Seroquel might be used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Seroquel is the kind of medication that does not work on an as-needed basis for the above conditions. A person needs to take it continually for a short period of time before it can begin to have the most efficacious effect.
The reason for this is because, depending on how long you have been taking it and at what dosage, it's possible you may experience some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea/vomiting along with problems falling or staying asleep.
Your doctor will probably slowly wean you off of Seroquel to mitigate those symptoms.
So despite the myriad side effects potentially experieced from taking Seroquel (which can be seen at the National Institutes of Health entry on Seroquel, true addiction in the clinical sense does not appear to be one of them.
Addiction is a multi-faceted disease defined by certain behaviors and physiological changes to the brain. If Seroquel does this, it has not been proven to the satisfaction of modern science.The drug may be habit-forming anfd abusive because of its ability to ease symptoms and help patients get more sleep, but this in and off itseif does not make the drug inherently addictive.