Saturday, 22 February 2014

Quetiapine for Depression & Pain in Fibromyalgia

New research suggests that the drug quetiapine XR (extended relief) is effective for people with major depressive disroder (MDD) and comorbid fibromyalgia. Quetiapine is the drug in Seroquel and Seroquel XR.

Of course, every treatment comes with a downside. The cons include:

  • It can cause orthostatic hypotension (a drop in blood pressure upon
    standing that leads to dizziness), which is already a problem for some
    people with fibromyalgia;
  • It has serious possible side effects, including the potentially
    fatal neuroleptic malignant syndrome, cardiac problems, diabetes,
    erratic movement that can be permanent, and metabolic changes that can
    lead to weight gain;
  • Its association with psychiatric illnesses may further the stigma and misunderstanding of fibromyalgia.

Quetiapine for Depression & Pain in Fibromyalgia

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