Hello. Yes notably seroquel plus escitalopram can place you at higher risk for long QT syndrome (the heart disease problem you are worried about)
It is that combination of the medications you are on that is most worrisome for that problem, not that the medication along can't cause or exacerbate that problem, the combination of the two is an interaction that makes it more likely
As long as you continue to be aware of your cardiac health and have an EKG routinely, you'll be able to follow and catch any changes before they become critical.
If that is not enough of a solace for you, you can discuss a different atypical antispychotic other than seroquel such as latuda which has less effects on Long QT syndrome (the heart issue) than many of the other atypical antipsychotic class of medications
Ok, thanks for clarifying that. I have been making sure I eat right and exercise regularly to try to keep in good physical health. Both my paternal grandparents died of heart attacks (aged 36 and 56) so I am a bit paranoid!
It is in the same family but a slightly different side effect profile.
Ok, so maybe I will ask about Latuda then, that might be a good alternative
There are 15 medications in that class.
If one doesn't work for you there are many others that may work (regarding intolerable side effects)
Latuda may be a better option (not that one of the other 15 might not be better than seroquel regarding long qt)
Geodon is one of the worser ones for long qt
I suggest you have a meeting with your psychiatrist about your atypical antipsychotic medication (Seroquel) and see if there is one they feel will fit you well and minimize the risk you are concerned about regarding the cardiac side effects.
Again, not knowing all details of your history, Latuda would be my first recommendation.
Lurasidone is the generic name
Ok, thank you for your advice - at least I can go into a meeting with them being confident in what I am asking for. I really appreciate your help.
but i believe it is only brand name available
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Really good service; thank you for being straight with me and for giving me some really solid information to work with. I appreciate it a lot
You can find detailed lists of that class of medications online (wikipedia is amazing)
they should have a page devoted to each of those medications in the class
The class is "atypical antipsychotics"
I will go and look into that now
for some of them they give a ranking as in "this one is 8th least likely to cause motor symptoms" or this is 2nd most common to produce long qt symptoms
or metabolic symptoms
those are the three main classes of side effects from this group of medications
find what fits your concerns and preexisting health problems the best
and take your physician's suggestions because they will have their preference and reasons for choosing between one or two that fit you best
and there isn't much difference between 2nd and 3rd least likely to cause certain problems out of a group of 15, just keep that in mind. that is splitting hairs.
Honestly, I am so grateful for your answers - I am so glad I came onto this site. You've really given me a lot to work with! Thank you!
If you ever want to discuss things further you can always personally request me. Best wishes to you.
Oh that's good to know. I may just do that. Again, you've really helped me today - I know I'm just another online patient but your time and insight has helped me a lot.