QUELENTO XL 400 MG PROLONGED-RELEASE TABLETS

Active substance: QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Quelento XL 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg Prolonged-release Tablets
quetiapine
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1.
What Quelento XL is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take Quelento XL
3.
How to take Quelento XL
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Quelento XL
6.
Contents of the pack and other information
1.

What Quelento XL is and what it is used for

Quelento XL contains a substance called quetiapine. This belongs to a group of medicines called
anti-psychotics. Quelento XL can be used to treat several illnesses, such as:
 Bipolar depression and major depressive episodes in major depressive disorder: where you
feel sad. You may find that you feel depressed, feel guilty, lack energy, lose your appetite or
can’t sleep.
 Mania: where you may feel very excited, elated, agitated, enthusiastic or hyperactive or have
poor judgment including being aggressive or disruptive.
 Schizophrenia: where you may hear or feel things that are not there, believe things that are not
true or feel unusually suspicious, anxious, confused, guilty, tense or depressed.
When Quelento XL is being taken to treat major depressive episodes in major depressive disorder, it
will be taken in addition to another drug being used to treat this illness.
Your doctor may continue to prescribeQuelento XL even when you feel better.
2.

What you need to know before you take Quelento XL

Do not take Quelento XL :
If you are allergic to quetiapine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in
section 6)Quelento XL .
If you are taking any of the following medicines:
‑ some medicines for HIV
‑ azole medicines (for fungal infections)
‑ erythromycin or clarithromycin (for infections)

‑ nefazodone (for depression).
Do not take Quelento XL if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before taking Quelento XL .
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Quelento XL if:
 You, or someone in your family, have or have had any heart problems, for example heart
rhythm problems,weakening of the heart muscle or inflammation of the heart or if you are
taking any medicines that may have an impact on the way your heart beats.
 You have low blood pressure.
 You have had a stroke, especially if you are elderly.
 You have problems with your liver.
 You have ever had a fit (seizure).
 You have diabetes or have a risk of getting diabetes. If you do, your doctor may check your
blood sugar levels while you are taking Quelento XL .
 You know that you have had low levels of white blood cells in the past (which may or may
not have been caused by other medicines).
 You are an elderly person with dementia (loss of brain function). If you are, Quelento XL
should not be taken because the group of medicines that Quelento XL belongs to may
increase the risk of stroke, or in some cases the risk of death, in elderly people with dementia.
 You or someone else in your family has a history of blood clots, as medicines like these have
been associated with formation of blood clots.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following after taking Quelento XL :
 A combination of fever, severe muscle stiffness, sweating or a lowered level of consciousness
(a disorder called “neuroleptic malignant syndrome”). Immediate medical treatment may be
needed.
 Uncontrollable movements, mainly of your face or tongue.
 Dizziness or a severe sense of feeling sleepy. This could increase the risk of accidental injury
(fall) in elderly patients.
 Fits (seizures).
 A long-lasting and painful erection (Priapism).
These conditions can be caused by this type of medicine.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have:
 A fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, or any other infection, as this could be a result of a
very low white blood cell count, which may require Quetiapine Teva to be stopped and/or
treatment to be given.
 Constipation along with persistent abdominal pain, or constipation which has not responded
to treatment, as this may lead to a more serious blockage of the bowel.
Thoughts of suicide and worsening of your depression
If you are depressed you may sometimes have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. These may be
increased when first starting treatment, since these medicines all take time to work, usually about two
weeks but sometimes longer. These thoughts may also be increased if you suddenly stop taking your
medication.
You may be more likely to think like this if you are a young adult. Information from clinical trials has
shown an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and/or suicidal behaviour in young adults aged less than
25 years with depression.
If you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time, contact your doctor or go to a hospital
straight away. You may find it helpful to tell a relative or close friend that you are depressed, and ask

them to read this leaflet. You might ask them to tell you if they think your depression is getting worse,
or if they are worried about changes in your behaviour.
Weight gain
Weight gain has been seen in patients taking quetiapine. You and your doctor should check your
weight regularly.
Children and Adolescents
Quetiapine Teva is not for use in children and adolescents below 18 years of age.
Other medicines and Quelento XL
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any other medicines,.
Do not take Quelento XL if you are taking any of the following medicines:
 Some medicines for HIV.
 Azole medicines (for fungal infections).
 Erythromycin or clarithromycin (for infections).
 Nefazodone (for depression).
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
 Epilepsy medicines (like phenytoin or carbamazepine).
 High blood pressure medicines.
 Barbiturates (for difficulty sleeping).
 Thioridazine or Lithium (other anti-psychotic medicineS).
 Medicines that have an impact on the way your heart beats, for example, drugs that can cause
an imbalance in electrolytes (low levels of potassium or magnesium) such as diuretics (water
pills) or certain antibiotics (drugs to treat infections).
 Medicines that can cause constipation.
Before you stop taking any of your medicines, please talk to your doctor first.
Quelento XL with food, drink and alcohol
 Quelento XL can be affected by food and you should therefore take your tablets at least one
hour before a meal or prior to bedtime.
 Be careful how much alcohol you drink. This is because the combined effect of Quelento XL
and alcohol can make you sleepy.
 Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Quelento XL . It can affect the way the
medicine works.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor for advice before taking
this medicineQuelento XL . You should not take Quelento XL during pregnancy unless this has been
discussed with your doctor. Quelento XL should not be taken if you are breast-feeding.
The following symptoms which can represent withdrawal may occur in newborn babies, of mothers
that have used quetiapine in the last trimester (last three months of their pregnancy): shaking, muscle
stiffness and/or weakness, sleepiness, agitation, breathing problems, and difficulty in feeding. If your
baby develops any of these symptoms you may need to contact your doctor.
Driving and using machines
The medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.

 Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know how it affects you.
 It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to drive.
However, you would not be committing an offence if:
 The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or dental problem and
 You have taken it according to the instructions given by the prescriber or in the information
provided with the medicine and
 It was not affecting your ability to drive safely
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking
this medicine.
Effect on Urine Drug Screens
If you are havinga urine drug screen, taking Quelento XL may cause positive results for methadone or
certain drugs for depression called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) when some test methods are used.
even though you may not be taking methadone or TCAs. If this happens, a more specific test can be
performed.
3.

How to take Quelento XL

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure. Your doctor will decide on your starting dose. The maintenance dose (daily dose)
will depend on your illness and needs but will usually be between 150 mg and 800 mg.
 You will take your tablets once a day.
 Do not split, chew or crush the tablets.
 Swallow your tablets whole with a drink of water.
 Take your tablets without food (at least one hour before a meal or at bedtime, your
doctor will tell you when).
 Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Quelento XL . It can affect the way
the medicine works.
 Do not stop taking your tablets even if you feel better, unless your doctor tells you.
Liver problems
If you have liver problems your doctor may change your dose.
Elderly people
If you are elderly your doctor may change your dose.
Use in children and adolescents
Quelento XL should not be used by children and adolescents aged under 18 years.
If you take more Quelento XL than you should
If you take more Quelento XL than prescribed by your doctor, you may feel sleepy, feel dizzy and
experience abnormal heart beats. Contact your doctor or nearest hospital straight away.
Keep the Quelento XL tablets with you.
If you forget to take a dose of Quelento XL
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time to take the next dose,
wait until then. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
If you stop taking Quelento XL

If you suddenly stop taking Quelento XL , you may be unable to sleep (insomnia), or you may feel
sick (nausea), or you may experience headache, diarrhoea, being sick (vomiting), dizziness or
irritability. Your doctor may suggest you reduce the dose gradually before stopping treatment.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine Quelento XL can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
Very common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
 Dizziness (may lead to falls), headache, dry mouth.
 Feeling sleepy (this may go away with time, as you keep taking Quelento XL ) (may lead to
falls).
 Discontinuation symptoms (symptoms which occur when you stop taking Quelento XL )
include not being able to sleep (insomnia), feeling sick (nausea), headache, diarrhoea, being
sick (vomiting), dizziness, and irritability. Gradual withdrawal over a period of at least 1 to 2
weeks is advisable.
 Putting on weight.
 Abnormal muscle movements. These include difficulty starting muscle movements, shaking,
feeling restless or muscle stiffness without pain.
 Changes in the amount of certain fats (triglycerides and total cholesterol).
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):





















Rapid heartbeat.
Feeling like your heart is pounding, racing or has skipped beats.
Constipation, upset stomach (indigestion).
Feeling weak.
Swelling of arms or legs.
Low blood pressure when standing up. This may make you feel dizzy or faint (may lead to
falls).
Increased levels of sugar in the blood.
Blurred vision.
Abnormal dreams and nightmares.
Feeling more hungry.
Feeling irritated.
Disturbance in speech and language.
Thoughts of suicide and worsening of your depression
Shortness of breath
Vomiting (mainly in the elderly)
Fever
Changes in the amount of thyroid hormones in your blood.
Decreases in the number of certain types of blood cells.
Increases in the amount of liver enzymes measured in the blood.
Increases in the amount of the hormone prolactin in the blood. Increases in the hormone
prolactin could in rare cases lead to the following:
o Men and women to have swelling of breasts and unexpectedly produce breast milk.
o Women to have no monthly period or irregular periods.
















Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):Fits or seizures.
Allergic reactions that may include raised lumps (weals), swelling of the skin and swelling
around the mouth.
Unpleasant sensations in the legs (also called restless legs syndrome).
Difficulty swallowing.
Uncontrollable movements, mainly of your face or tongue.
Sexual dysfunction.
Diabetes.
Change in electrical activity of the heart seen on ECG (QT prolongation).
A slower than normal heart rate which may occur when starting treatment and which may be
associated with low blood pressure and fainting.
Difficulty in passing urine.
Fainting (may lead to falls).
Stuffy nose.
Decrease in the amount of red blood cells.
Decrease in the amount of sodium in the blood.

Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):


A combination of high temperature (fever), sweating, stiff muscles, feeling very drowsy or
faint (a disorder called “neuroleptic malignant syndrome’’).
 Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
 Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis).
 A long-lasting and painful erection (priapism).
 Swelling of breasts and unexpected production of breast milk (galactorrhoea).
 Menstrual disorder.
 Blood clots in the veins especially in the legs (symptoms include swelling, pain and redness in
the leg), which may travel through blood vessels to the lungs causing chest pain and difficulty
in breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms seek medical advice immediately.
 Walking, talking , eating or other activities while you are asleep.
 Body temperature decreased (hypothermia).
 Inflammation of the pancreas
 A condition (called “metabolic syndrome”) where you may have a combination of 3 or more
of the following: an increase in fat around your abdomen, a decrease in “good cholesterol”
(HDL-C), an increase in a type of fat in your blood called triglycerides, high blood pressure
and an increase in your blood sugar.
 Combination of fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, or any other infection with very low
white blood cell count, a condition called agranulocytosis.
 Bowel obstruction.
 Increased blood creatine phosphokinase (a substance from the muscles).
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
 Severe rash, blisters, or red patches on the skin.
 A severe allergic reaction (called anaphylaxis) which may cause difficulty in breathing or
shock.
 Rapid swelling of the skin, usually around the eyes, lips and throat (angioedema).
 A serious blistering condition of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals (Stevens-Johnson
syndrome).
 Inappropriate secretion of a hormone that controls urine volume.
 Breakdown of muscle fibers and pain in muscles (rhabdomyolysis).
 Worsening of pre-existing diabetes.

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
 Skin rash with irregular red spots (erythema multiforme)
 Serious, sudden allergic reaction with symptoms such as fever and blisters on the skin and
peeling of the skin (toxic epidermal necrolysis)
 Symptoms of withdrawal may occur in newborn babies of mothers that have used Quetiapine
Teva during their pregnancy.
The class of medicines to which Quelento XL belongs can cause heart rhythm problems, which can
be serious and in severe cases may be fatal.
Some side effects are only seen when a blood test is taken. These include changes in the amount of
certain fats (triglycerides and total cholesterol) or sugar in the blood, changes in the amount of thyroid
hormones in your blood, increased liver enzymes,decreases in the number of certain types of blood
cells, decrease in the amount of red blood cells, increased blood creatine phosphokinase (a substance
in the muscles), decrease in the amount of sodium in the blood and increases in the amount of the
hormone prolactin in the blood.
Increases in the hormone prolactin could in rare cases lead to the following:
 Men and women to have swelling of breasts and unexpectedly produce breast milk.
 Women to have no monthly period or irregular periods.
Your doctor may ask you to have blood tests from time to time.
Side effects in children and adolescents
The same side effects that may occur in adults may also occur in children and adolescents.
The following side effects have been seen more often in children and adolescents
or have not been seen in adults:
Very Common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
Increase in the amount of a hormone called prolactin, in the blood. Increases in the hormone prolactin
could in rare cases lead to the following:
- Boys and girls to have swelling of breasts and unexpectedly produce breast milk.
- Girls to have no monthly period or irregular periods.
 Increased appetite.
 Vomiting
 Abnormal muscle movements. These include difficulty starting muscle movements, shaking,
feeling restless or muscle stiffness without pain.
 Increase in blood pressure
Common side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
 Feeling weak, fainting (may lead to falls).
 Stuffy nose.
 Feeling irritated.
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
5.

How to store Quelento XL

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use Quelento XL after the expiry date which is stated on the container after EXP. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
Quelento XL does not require any special storage conditions.
Donot throw away any medicinesvia wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw awaymedicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Quelento XL contains
The active substance is quetiapine. Quelento XL tablets contain 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300
mg or 400 mg of quetiapine (as quetiapine fumarate).
The other ingredients are:
Tablet core: hypromellose, cellulose microcrystalline, sodium citrate anhydrous, magnesium stearate.
Tablet coating: titanium dioxide (E171), hypromellose, macrogol/PEG 400, polysorbate 80. The 50
mg, 200 mg and 300 mg tablets contain Iron Oxide Yellow (E172) and Iron Oxide Red (E172). The
50 mg and 300 mg tablets also contain Iron Oxide Black (E172).
What Quelento XL looks like and contents of the pack
All strengths of Quelento XL Prolonged-release Tablets are capsule shaped, film-coated tablets. 50
mg tablets are brown coloured, debossed “Q 50” on one side, plain on the other; 150 mg tablets are
white coloured, debossed “Q 150” on one side, plain on the other; 200 mg tablets are yellow coloured,
debossed “Q 200” on one side, plain on the other; 300 mg tablets are light yellow coloured, debossed
“Q 300” on one side, plain on the other and 400 mg tablets are white coloured, debossed “Q 400” on
one side, plain on the other.
Packs of 10, 20, 30, 50, 50x1 (hospital pack), 56 (calendar pack), 60, 90 and100 tablets are registered
for all strengths. Not all pack sizes may be available.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Teva UK Limited, Eastbourne, BN22 9AG, United Kingdom
This leaflet was last revised in 11/2014.
PL 00289/1506, 1524, 1507, 1508 & 1509

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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