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QUETIAPINE 25MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

Active substance(s): QUETIAPINE / QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

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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 Film-coated Tablets. You and
your doctor should check your weight regularly.
Children and adolescents
Package leaflet: Information for the patient
Quetiapine is not for use in children and adolescents below 18 years of age.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it
Other medicines and Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
contains important information for you..
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
other medicines.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets if you are taking any of the following
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may
medicines:
harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• Some medicines for HIV
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
• Azole medicines for fungal infections)
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet..See section 4.
• Erythromycin or clarithromycin (for infections)
What is in this leaflet
• Nefazodone (for depression).
1. What Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets is and what it is used for
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
2. What you need to know before you take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
• Epilepsy medicines (like phenytoin or carbamazepine)
3. How to take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
• High blood pressure medicines
4. Possible side effects
• Barbiturates (for difficulty sleeping)
5. How to store Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
• Thioridazine or Lithium (other anti-psychotic medicines)
6. Contents of the pack and other information
• 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)
What Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets is and what it is used for
such as diuretics (water pills) or certain antibiotics (drugs to treat infections)
• Medicines that can cause constipation
• Quetiapine contains a substance called quetiapine. This belongs to a group of
Before you stop taking any of your medicines, please talk to your doctor first.
medicines called antipsychotics.
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets with food, drink and alcohol
Quetiapine can be used to treat several illnesses, such as:
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets can be taken with or without food.
• Bipolar depression: where you feel sad You may find that you feel depressed, feel
• Be careful how much alcohol you drink. This is because the combined effect of
guilty, lack energy, lose your appetite or can’t sleep.
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets and alcohol can make you sleepy.
• Mania: where you may feel very excited, elated, agitated, enthusiastic or
• Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets. It
hyperactive or have poor judgment including being aggressive or disruptive.
can affect the way the medicine works.
• 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
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
depressed.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to
have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Your doctor may continue to prescribe quetiapine even when you are feeling better.
You should not take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets during pregnancy unless this has
What you need to know before you take Quetiapine Film-coated been discussed with your doctor. Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets should not be taken if
you are breast-feeding.
Tablets
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
Do not take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets:
• if you are allergic to quetiapine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine listed their pregnancy): shaking, muscle stiffness and/or weakness, sleepiness, agitation,
breathing problems, and difficulty in feeding. If your baby develops any of these
in section 6.
symptoms you may need to contact your doctor.
• if you are taking any of the following medicines:
Driving and using machines
• some medicines for HIV
• azole medicines (for fungal infections)
The medicine can affect your ability to drive as it may make you sleepy or dizzy.
• erythromycin or clarithromycin (for infections)
• Do not drive while taking this medicine until you know how it affects you.
• nefazodone (for depression).
• It is an offence to drive if this medicine affects your ability to drive.
Do not take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets if the above applies to you. If you are not
However, you would not be committing an offence if:
sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets.
• The medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical or dental problem and
Warnings and precautions
• You have taken it according to the instructions given by the prescriber or in the
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking quetiapine if :
information provided with the medicine and
• if you, or someone in your family, have or have had any heart problems, for example
• It was not affecting your ability to drive safely
heart rhythm problems, weakening of the heart muscle or inflammation of the heart Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive
or if you are taking any medicines that may have an impact on the way your heart
while taking this medicine.
beats.
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets contains lactose
• if you have low blood pressure
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets contain lactose which is a type of sugar: If you have
• if you have had a stroke, especially if you are elderly
been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, talk to your
• if you have problems with your liver
doctor before taking this medicine.
• ifyou have ever had a fit (seizure)
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets contains E110 (sunset yellow FCF aluminium lake)
• if you have diabetes or have a risk of getting diabetes. If you do, your doctor may
25, 100 mg: This medicinal product contains sunset yellow FCF aluminium lake (E110)
check your blood sugar levels while you are taking quetiapine.
• if you know that you have had low levels of white blood cells in the past (which may and may cause allergic reactions.
Effect on Urine Drug Screens
or may not have been caused by other medicines).
If you are having a urine drug screen, taking Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets may cause
• if you are an elderly person with dementia (loss of brain function). If you are,
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets should not be taken because the group of medicines positive results for methadone or certain drugs for depression called tricyclic
that Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets belongs to may increase the risk of stroke, or in 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.
some cases the risk of death, in elderly people with dementia.
• if 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.
How to take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
• if you have a history of alcoholism or any drug abuse or dependence. Do not take
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor
more medicine than prescribed.
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following after taking
Your doctor will decide on your starting dose. The maintenance dose (daily dose) will
Quetiapine :
depend on your illness and needs but will usually be between 150 mg and 800 mg.
• A combination of fever, severe muscle stiffness, sweating or a lowered level of
consciousness (a disorder called “neuroleptic malignant syndrome”). Immediate • You will take your tablets once a day, at bedtime or twice a day, depending on your
medical treatment may be needed.
illness
• Uncontrollable movements, mainly of your face or tongue.
• Swallow your tablets whole with a drink of water.
• Dizziness or a severe sense of feeling sleepy. This could increase the risk of
• You can take your tablets with or without food.
accidental injury (fall) in elderly patients.
• Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking quetiapine. It can affect the way
• Fits (seizures).
the medicine works.
• A long-lasting and painful erection (priapism).
• Do not stop taking your tablets even if you feel better, unless your doctor tells you.
These conditions can be caused by this type of medicine.
Liver problems
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have:
If you have liver problems your doctor may change your dose.
• A fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, or any other infection, as this could be a
Elderly people
result of a very low white blood cell count, which may require (Quetiapine
If you are elderly. your doctor may change your dose.
Film-coated Tablets) to be stopped and/or treatment to be given.
Use in children and adolescents
• Constipation along with persistent abdominal pain, or constipation which has not Quetiapine should not be used by hildren or adolescents aged under 18 years.
responded to treatment, as this may lead to a more serious blockage of the bowel.
If you take more Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets than you should
Thoughts of suicide and worsening of your depression
If you take more Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets than prescribed by your doctor, you
If you are depressed you may sometimes have thoughts of harming or killing yourself.
may feel sleepy, feel dizzy and experience abnormal heart beats. Contact your doctor or
These may be increased when first starting treatment, since these medicines all take
nearest hospital straight away. Keep the Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets with you.
time to work, usually about two weeks but sometimes longer. These thoughts may also
If you forget to take Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
be increased if you suddenly stop taking your medication. You may be more likely to
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, If unless it is almost time
think like this if you are a young adult.
to take the next dose, wait until then. Do not take a double dose to make up for a
• Information from clinical trials has shown an increased risk of suicidal thoughts
forgotten dose.
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 If you stop taking Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets
If you suddenly stop taking quetiapine, you may be unable to sleep (insomnia), or you
to a hospital straight away.

Quetiapine 25 mg Film-coated Tablets
Quetiapine 100 mg Film-coated Tablets
Quetiapine 150 mg Film-coated Tablets
Quetiapine 200 mg Film-coated Tablets
Quetiapine 300 mg Film-coated Tablets

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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.

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Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them.
Very common: 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 Quetiapine
Film-coated Tablets)(may lead to falls)
• Discontinuation symptoms (symptoms which occur when you stop taking
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets) 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:may affect up to 1 in 10 people
• Rapid heartbeat
• Feeling like your heart is pounding, racing or has skipped beats
• indigestion
• 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:
• Men and women to have swelling of breasts and unexpectedly produce breast
milk.
• Women to have no monthly period or irregular periods.
Uncommon: 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: (may affect up to 1 in 1000 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: 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 (Steven-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 Film-coated Tablets during their pregnancy
The class of medicines to which (Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets )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
adolescents or have not been seen in adults::
Very common: 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: 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.

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How to store Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and bottle
or blister. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.

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Contents of the pack and other information

What Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets contains
• The active substance is quetiapine. Each film-coated tablet contains 25, 100, 150, 200,
300 mg quetiapine (as quetiapine fumarate).
• The other ingredients are calcium hydrogen phosphate, dihydrate, lactose
monohydrate, povidone K-25, cellulose microcrystalline, sodium starch glycolate
(type A), silica, colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate., The coating contains
hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E171), triacetin, 25, 100, 150, 300 mg: lactose
monohydrate, iron oxide yellow (E172), 25, 100 mg: sunset yellow FCF aluminium lake
(E110), 200 mg: polydextrose (E1200), macrogol 8000.
What Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets look like and contents of the pack
• Quetiapine 25 mg Film-coated Tablets are light-orange, round, biconvex, film-coated
tablets, engraved “25” on one side and plain on the other.
• Quetiapine 100 mg Film-coated Tablets are light-orange, round, biconvex,
film-coated tablets, engraved “100” on one side and plain on the other.
• Quetiapine 150 mg Film-coated Tablets are pale yellow, round, biconvex, film-coated
tablets, engraved “150” on one side and plain on the other.
• Quetiapine 200 mg Film-coated Tablets are white to off-white, round, biconvex,
film-coated tablets, engraved “200” on one side and plain on the other.
• Quetiapine 300 mg Film-coated Tablets are pale yellow, capsule-shaped, biconvex,
film-coated tablets, engraved “300” on one side and plain on the other.
Quetiapine Film-coated Tablets are available in
White opaque PVC/PE/Aclar-aluminium or white opaque PVC/PVdC-aluminium Blister
• For 25 mg: pack sizes of 1, 6, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 90 and 100 (10 x 10)film-coated tablets,
hospital packs of 50 film-coated tablets
• For 100 mg : pack sizes of 1, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 90 and 100 (10 x 10)film-coated tablets,
hospital packs of 50 film-coated tablets
• For 150 mg: pack sizes of 1, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 90 and 100 (10 x 10)film-coated tablets,
hospital packs of 50, 120, 180 and 240 film-coated tablets
• For 200 mg : pack sizes of 1, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 90 and 100 (10 x 10)film-coated tablets,
hospital packs of 50 film-coated tablets
• For 300 mg : pack sizes of 1, 10, 20, 30, 50, 60, 90 and 100 (10 x 10)film-coated tablets,
hospital packs of 50, 120, 180 and 240 film-coated tablets
HDPE bottle with white child resistant, propylene caps, with desiccant.
For all strengths: Pack sizes of 100 and 250 film-coated tablets.
• Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
TEVA UK Limited, Eastbourne, BN22 9AG
Manufacturer:
TEVA UK Limited, Eastbourne, BN22 9AG
This leaflet was last revised in April 2016
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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