Is quetiapine a sleeping pill?

Quetiapine is not a sleeping pill, although it is sometimes used off-label as a sleep aid. Quetiapine is an atypical antipsychotic medication that is primarily used to treat mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder.

However, quetiapine can cause drowsiness as a side effect, and some healthcare providers may prescribe it off-label as a sleep aid for individuals who have difficulty sleeping. Its sedative effects may also be useful for individuals with anxiety disorders who have trouble falling asleep due to anxiety.

It is important to note that quetiapine should only be used as a sleep aid under the guidance of a healthcare provider, as it can cause a range of side effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, and impaired coordination. In addition, long-term use of quetiapine as a sleep aid may lead to tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal symptoms if the medication is discontinued abruptly.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

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