Seroquel (Quetiapine fumarate, Seroquel XR, Ketipinor)
Generic name: Ketipinor
Brand names: Quetiapine fumarate, Seroquel XR, Ketipinor
What is Seroquel?
Seroquel is a popular drug that has been labeled as an atypical antipsychotic. It is used to fight against symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (manic depression), including insomnia and anxiety disorders.
Consult your medical practitioner or pharmacist for more information about the medicinal influence of this product.
What important information should I know about Seroquel?
Seroquel increases sensitivity to sunlight, it may cause severe burning. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.
This medicine can change the response of your body to cold or heat. Try not to get overheated. Avoid temperature extremes, such as hot tubs
- or showers
- or saunas
- or very hot or cold baths. Dress warmly in cold weather.Seroquel may cause dizziness or coordination problems. Be very careful about driving
- or operating machinery
- or doing perilous tasks
- or climbing until you know how you react to this medicine.Avoid drinking alcohol. It can cause dangerous side effects when taken together with Seroquel.
Continue to take this medication until the end of the cure corse, even if you start to feel better. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped.
Always make known to a physician before giving Seroquel to a child.
What should I tell my doctor before I take this drug?
Your health care provider has to know about:
- heart disorders, heart attack, stroke, or seizures
- liver or kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to quetiapine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- low white blood cell (WBC) counts
- trouble swallowing
- thoughts of suicide
- seizures or epilepsy
- stomach or intestinal problems
- pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant
How to take Seroquel?
Seroquel comes in the tab form to take by mouth.
The usual starting dose is 25 milligrams (mg). It should be taken one to three times daily, at regular intervals.
Seroquel is usually accompanied by some water. It is better to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Seroquel to protect your kidneys. You may take it on a full or on an empty stomach. In order to lessen stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is advisable to combine with food.
The tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not chew
- or break
- or crush them.The dose of Seroquel is based on individuals and the diseases being treated. It is obviously to appeal to your doctor before to take Seroquel. Follow your health care professional instructions thoroughly.
What should you do if you miss a dose of Seroquel?
If you forget to take a dose of Seroquel, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Never take 2 doses at once.
What should you do if you overdose of Seroquel?
Taking any medicine in large doses you can have serious consequences for your health. If you feel an overdose, visit your physician instantly.
What drug(s) may interact with Seroquel?
- Clarithromycin (Biaxin)
- Erythromycin (Ery-Tab)
- Isoniazid (Nydrazid)
- Itraconazole (Sporanox)
- Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
- Telithromycin (Ketek)
- Cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Divalproex (Depakote, Depakote ER)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)
- Thioridazine (Mellaril)
This is not a finished list of interactions. Detail information you may receive at your health care provider.
Ask your doctor about the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
What side-effects may occur?
- Allergic reaction ( swelling of your tongue
- or face
- or throat
- or lips; itching; hives; difficulty breathing; skin rash or swelling)
- Fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- Problems with breathing, chest pain
- Mental, mood changes (loss of contact with reality, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, blurred vision)
- Difficulty swallowing
- Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
- Numbness, tingling in your hands or feet (tremor), muscle stiffness, or spasms
- Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
- Nausea, vomiting
- Indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
- Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), diarrhea
- Menstrual changes
- Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin
If these persist or worsen, tell your health care professional immediately. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
How should Seroquel be stored?
Seroquel should be stored at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Seroquel out of the reach of children and away from pets.