Late-onset seizures associated with quetiapine poisoning

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Introduction: Quetiapine, a second-generation antipsychotic, acts at multiple brain neurotransmitter receptors and has the potential for serious complications. Although seizures have been described in the literature, delayed seizure onset has not been reported. We report the first case of delayed seizures after a significant quetiapine overdose. Case Report: A 27-year-old female presented to the emergency department following an overdose of approximately 30 g of quetiapine. Twenty-four hours after arrival, the patient had 2 seizures. The patient was then intubated and remained in the ICU for four days. EEG was negative for epileptiform activity. The serum quetiapine levels (MedTox, St. Paul, MN) were 8.67 mg/L on hospital day one and 3.28 mg/L on hospital day three. Discussion: Quetiapine poisoning, with serum levels, associated with seizures has been reported in one prior case. Our case report represents late-onset seizures with serum levels above therapeutic range (>1 mg/L). The serum concentrations of quetiapine in this case were consistent with those in postmortem case reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-26
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Medical Toxicology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009


  • Overdose
  • Quetiapine
  • Seizure
  • Serum level

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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