How long for quetiapine to kick in?
If you’re like me, then you’ve probably wondered how long it takes for quetiapine to start doing its thang. You may have heard all sorts of things from your doctor, your pharmacist, and even the internet (shame on you). But fear not! We shall demystify this question with some humor thrown in.
What is Quetiapine?
Let’s start at the beginning: what exactly is quetiapine? It sounds fancy and expensive, so it must be good right? Well yes and no. See ‘Quetiapine‘ is an antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder among other things. It helps calm down or stabilize your mood swings by regulating certain chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters or as I call them brain-gojuice.
How Does Quetiapine Work?
To understand how long quetiapine takes to kick in, we first need a basic understanding of how it works. In essence, when we take our pill(s), quetiapine follows these steps:
- First step:
The active ingredient binds itself onto specific receptors located on neurons called dopamine type 1-like receptor (D1LR).
- Second step:
Then the drug blocks different types of serotonin receptors namely; 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C.
Wth does that mean?
It basically reduces irritability or impulsive behavior while elevating positive moods associated with increased energy levels.
- Third Step
After blocking those little buggers including histamine H1-receptor which causes drowsiness if unblocked ,it then acts upon norepinephrine alpha-1 adrenergic receptors found everywhere across one’s blood vessels causing they open up letting more oxygen reach every part of our bodies.
## How Long Does Quetiapine Take to “Kick In”?
We have now established that quetiapine acts on different kindsa of brain-gojuice so naturally, it can take a little while for the medication to take effect. But just how long are we talking? You better brace yourself as the answer might surprise you…
It depends totally on things like:
- Your dosage
- Your age and sex(takeaways may vary)
- The reason you’re taking quetiapine
- Other drugs you’re taking
- Whether food is in your stomach or not
So brace yourself! Initially after consumption say 30 mins ,quetiapine starts working. However full potential is only achieved from 4 hours up to a maximum of six hours down the line depending on all those factors stated above. So don’t get too impatient and avoid committing heinous crimes during this time frame okay?
How To Maximize The Effectiveness Of Quetiapine
Listen my friend I’ll give it too ya straight: There ain’t no magic pill when it comes down to medications, but here’s some tips;
Always follow your doctor’s instructions like they’ve got baby wipe money riding if their patients aren’t following their prescription as directed.
You should try taking Q-tip (as I call them) at around the same time everyday especially with meals high in polyunsaturated fats because these bad boys increase solubility hence more intake into our body cells.
Here’s one tip which hopefully everyone knows by know NEVER stop using medication except under medical supervision reasons being abrupt discontinue carries risk of relapse
Ok seems simple right?
Well…Unfortunately all good things must come along with side effects such as grogginess,frequent urination weight gain & tardive dyskinesia chiefly among elderly folk. Hence common side effects besides the ones highlighted above include:
-Trouble sleeping ( ironic since it is a sedative )
If you wanna beat this limbo-like stage where quetiapine is still but a mere placebo for all intents and purposes,a good dose of exercise, avoiding caffeine & other substances that might amplify its adverse effect would be highly advisable.
So there you have it folks! The ultimate guide to how long it takes for quetiapine to kick in. While we may not have been able to give an exact time frame, we hope that after reading this article, you feel more informed about what determines the length of time needed before experiencing full benefits from Quetiapine(TMI). So don’t do anything foolish while waiting alright?