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J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol. 2010 Oct;20(5):441-5. doi: 10.1089/cap.2009.0097.

Rapid quetiapine loading in youths with bipolar disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, Kansas 67214, USA.



The aim of this study was to evaluate the tolerability and efficacy of rapid quetiapine loading in youth diagnosed with pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD).


Quetiapine was started at 100 mg/day, and increased to 400 mg/day by day 5 in 75 bipolar children (6-16 years), presenting in an acute manic or hypomanic episode. Subsequent dose adjustments were predicated on the clinical picture. Response was defined as a ≥ 50% reduction in baseline scores on the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS). Clinical Global Impression-Improvement Scale (CGI-I) scores of "2 much improved" or "1 very much improved" were used as secondary measures of response. Remission was defined as a YMRS score of ≤ 12. Adverse events, blood pressure, weight change, somnolence, extrapyramidal syndrome (EPS), and akathisia were monitored to determine tolerability.


At 8 weeks, 94% of the sample had a CGI-I score ≤ 2, and 70% were in remission at 6 months. Sedation was reported by 50% of subjects during the first week; this rate dropped to 5.6% at 6 months.


The findings indicate that rapid dose administration of quetiapine in children and adolescents with PBD is generally well tolerated and efficacious.

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