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Quetiapine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Seroquel    
  • Ketipinor    
  • Seroquel X    
  • Quetiapine    

Why do I need this medicine?

Quetiapine is used to treat and relieve symptoms common in schizophrenia (an illness that causes changes in perception, thoughts and behaviour) and bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) such as distorted thinking and emotional instability.

Quetiapine is also used together with other medicines to treat depression.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Quetiapine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Quetiapine may be available as conventional tablets and as extended-release tablets.

If you have been given the conventional tablet, you may take it with or without food.

If you have been given the extended-release tablet (usually marked as "XL" or "XR"), take it on an empty stomach without food or with a light meal (<300 calories). Do not cut, chew or crush this tablet. Swallow it whole with a glass of water.

Take this medicine at about the same time each day.

Quetiapine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Quetiapine is not suitable for patients with dementia-related psychosis.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:

- heart disease
- thyroid disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- Parkinson's disease (a brain disease that affects movement)
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- high levels of cholesterol in the blood
- prostate problems
- risk factors for blood clot
- suicidal thoughts

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Alert your doctor if you have diabetes. Quetiapine may affect your blood sugar levels. You may need to monitor your blood sugar levels more regularly while being treated with Quetiapine.

Quetiapine may affect the way your body adjusts to temperature changes in the environment.Avoid exposure to very cold or very hot environments. Avoid strenuous exercise or activities such as going to the sauna. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

For as long as you are taking this medicine, you may need to have regular blood tests to check your body's response to the medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have blood tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Quetiapine may cause drowsiness, dizziness and tiredness. It may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

This medicine may cause your blood pressure to fall suddenly when you get up from a sitting or lying down position and you may feel giddy. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly. This is normal and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine.

Other side effects include the following: increased appetite, weight gain, headache, dry mouth, agitation, blurred vision, stomach discomfort, indigestion, constipation, nausea, vomiting, problems passing urine, abnormal dreams or nightmares, and depression

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if youexperience any of the following:

- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being aggressive, agitated, or having compulsive and impulsive behaviour)
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- muscle stiffness, unexplained high fever
- uncontrolled muscle movements of your body or face, such as sticking out of the tongue, smacking of the lips

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for sleep disorders and anxiety medicines e.g. lorazepam
- other psychiatric medicines e.g. thioridazine
- medicines for epilepsy e.g. phenytoin, carbamazepine
- medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole
- certain antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, clarithromycin
- medicines for HIV e.g. ritonavir, saquinavir, indinavir
- medicines to treat TB (lung infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. rifampicin
- medicines for Parkinson's disease e.g. levodopa

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Quetiapine.

Always notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Quetiapine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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