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Convulsive syncope related to a small dose of quetiapine in an adolescent with bipolar disorder

Authors Lai J, Lu Q, Huang T, Hu S, Xu Y

Received 24 March 2017

Accepted for publication 9 May 2017

Published 19 July 2017 Volume 2017:13 Pages 1905—1908

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S137923

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Wai Kwong Tang


Jianbo Lai,1,2 Qiaoqiao Lu,3 Tingting Huang,3 Shaohua Hu,1,2 Yi Xu1,2

1Department of Psychiatry, First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, 2Key Laboratory of Mental Disorder Management in Zhejiang Province, 3Department of Internal Medicine, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China

Abstract: Quetiapine, an atypical antipsychotic, has been extensively used in patients with bipolar disorder. Overdose of quetiapine can result in severe complications, such as coma, seizure, respiratory depression, arrhythmia, and even death. However, the paucity of toxicological evaluation in adolescence causes more potential risks in this population. Herein, we present a case of hypotension and convulsive syncope after exposure to a small dose of quetiapine in a 16-year-old who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After cessation of quetiapine, no additional convulsive movements were reported. This case indicates that even in young patients without predisposing factors, close monitoring of adverse effects should be warranted for safety concerns, especially at the initiation of quetiapine treatment.

Keywords: quetiapine, bipolar disorder, hypotension, convulsive syncope

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