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QUETTOR XL 50 MG PROLONGED-RELEASE TABLETS
Active substance(s): QUETIAPINE FUMARATE
Quettor XL 50 mg prolonged-release tablets
Quettor XL 200 mg prolonged-release tablets
Quettor XL 300 mg prolonged-release tablets
Quettor XL 400 mg prolonged-release tablets
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
What Quettor XL is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Quettor XL
How to take Quettor XL
Possible side effects
How to store Quettor XL
Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT QUETTOR XL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Quettor XL contains a substance called quetiapine. This belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics.
Quettor XL can be used to treat several illnesses, such as
Bipolar depression and major depressive episodes in major depressive disorder: where you feel sad or 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 Quettor 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 prescribe Quettor XL even when you are feeling better.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE QUETTOR XL
Do not take Quettor XL
if you are allergic to quetiapine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
if you are taking any of the following medicines:
some medicines for HIV
azole medicines (for fungal infections)
medicines for an infection (like erythromycin or clarithromycin)
nefazodone (for depression).
Do not take Quettor XL if the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before
taking Quettor XL.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Quettor XL, if
You, or someone in your family, have or have had any heart problems, for example heart rhythm problems 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 an older person.
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 Quettor 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 older person with dementia (loss of brain function). If you are, Quettor XL should not be taken
because the group of medicines that Quettor XL belongs to may increase the risk of stroke, or in some cases
the risk of death, in older 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 Quettor 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 older
A long-lasting and painful erection (Priapism).
These conditions can be caused by this type of medicine.
Inform your doctor immediately when you have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat or other infection, as the cause of this may be a very reduced number
of white blood cells. It may be necessary to discontinue Quettor XL and/or treat the symptoms.
- Constipation with persistent stomach pain or constipation that does not respond to treatment. This may cause
a severe intestinal obstruction.
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
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.
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 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 Quettor XL) (may lead to falls).
Discontinuation symptoms (symptoms which occur when you stop taking Quettor 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.
Common (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).
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.
- Development of diabetes.
- Change in the 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 urination
- Fainting (may lead to falls).
- Stuffy nose.
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)
- A combination of high temperature (fever), sweating, stiff muscles, feeling very drowsy or faint (a disease 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 a type of 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.
- A combination of fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat or other infection with a very reduced number of white
blood cells (a disease called “agranulocytosis”).
- Intestinal obstruction.
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) that 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 fibres 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)
- Withdrawal symptoms can occur in newborn babies whose mothers have taken Quettor XL during pregnancy.
The class of medicines to which Quettor XL belongs can cause heart rhythm problems, which can be serious and
in severe cases 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.
- 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.
Children and adolescents
The same effects that may occur in adults may also occur in children and adolescents.
Weight gain has been seen in patients taking quetiapine. You and your doctor should check your weight regularly.
The following side effects have been seen more often or only in children and adolescents:
Other medicines and Quettor XL
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
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.
- Increase in blood pressure.
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 or pharmacist first.
Quettor XL with food, drink and alcohol
Quettor 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 Quettor XL and alcohol can
make you sleepy.
Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking Quettor 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
or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
You should not take Quettor XL during pregnancy unless this has been discussed with your doctor
The following symptoms 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.
Quettor XL should not be taken if you are breast-feeding.
Driving and using machines
Your tablets may make you feel sleepy. Do not drive or use any tools or machines until you know how the tablets
Quettor XL contains lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking
this medicinal product.
Effect on Urine Drug Screens
If you are having a urine drug screen, taking Quettor 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 QUETTOR XL
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are
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
Method of administration
- 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 Quettor 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.
If you have liver problems your doctor may change your dose.
If you are an older person your doctor may change your dose.
Children and adolescents under 18 years
Quettor XL should not be used by children and adolescents aged under 18 years.
If you take more Quettor XL than you should
If you take more Quettor 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. Take the Quettor XL tablets with you.
If you forget to take Quettor 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 Quettor XL
If you suddenly stop taking Quettor XL, you may be unable to sleep (insomnia), or you may feel sick (nausea), or
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
- Fainting (may lead to falls).
- Stuffy nose.
- Feeling irritated.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
You can also report side effects directly via 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 QUETTOR XL
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 blister after EXP. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
For Quettor XL 50 mg:
Do not store above 30°C.
For Quettor XL 200/300/400 mg:
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Quettor XL contains
The active substance is Quetiapine.
Each tablet contains either 50 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg or 400 mg of quetiapine (as quetiapine fumarate).
The other ingredients are:
Lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, light magnesium oxide, carrageenan, povidone K 30,
Carrageenan, titanium dioxide (E 171), macrogol 400.
The 50 mg tablets contain additionally: Ferric oxide yellow (E 172) and Ferric oxide red (E 172).
The 200 and 300 mg tablets contain additionally: Ferric oxide yellow (E 172).
Opacode S-1-17823 black ink (contains propylene glycol, iron oxide black (E172), shellac glaze)
What Quettor XL looks like and contents of the pack
Quettor XL 50 mg: Light pink to pink colored, capsule shaped, biconvex, prolonged-release tablets, printed with
‘305’ with black ink.
Quettor XL 200 mg: Yellow colored, capsule shaped, biconvex, prolonged-release tablets, printed with ‘243’ with
Quettor XL 300 mg: Pale yellow colored, capsule shaped, biconvex, prolonged-release tablets, printed with ‘244’
with black ink.
Quettor XL 400 mg: White to off-white, capsule shaped, biconvex, prolonged-release tablets, printed with ‘245’
with black ink.
Pack sizes: 10, 50, 60, 100 prolonged-release tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer:
Torrent Pharma (UK) Ltd.
Unit 4, Charlwood Court,
County Oak Way
West Sussex, RH11 7XA
Telephone: (01293) 574180
Fax: (01293) 533003
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:
Quetiapin Heumann retard 50/200/300/400 mg Retardtabletten
Quetiapine Torrent 50/200/300/400 mg, pailginto atpalaidavimo tableté
Q mind 50/200/300/400 mg comprimate filmate cu eliberare prelungită
Quettor XL 50/200/300/400 mg, prolonged-release tablets
This leaflet was last revised in 04/2014.
Do not take Quettor 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).
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency