QUTIPIN 50mg Tablet 10's


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Drug Information

What is Quetiapine Fumarate used for?

Quetiapine Fumarate is used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It helps in relieving symptoms, such as mania and depression.

Quetiapine Fumarate may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Quetiapine Fumarate work?

Quetiapine Fumarate belongs to the class of drugs called atypical anti-psychotics. This drug acts by antagonising the action of dopaminergic neurotransmission and certain receptors at the frontal cortex. Antagonism of these receptors leads to the reduction of symptoms associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

How to take Quetiapine Fumarate?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Quetiapine Fumarate as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.

If you miss a dose of Quetiapine Fumarate, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

The overdose symptoms of Quetiapine Fumarate may include:

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty in breathing

You must seek immediate medical care if you experience any of the above symptoms.

What are the drugs that interact with Quetiapine Fumarate?

Drugs that interact with Quetiapine Fumarate include the following:

  • Alprazolam
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Lorazepam
  • Moxifloxacin
  • Procainamide
  • Quinidine
  • Rifampin
  • Sotalol
  • Thioridazine

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Quetiapine Fumarate?

The following are the most common side effects of Quetiapine Fumarate:

  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Stomach upset
  • Tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth

The following are the severe side effects and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Tremor
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Increased anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions should be followed while taking Quetiapine Fumarate?

  • Avoid taking this medicine if you are allergic to Quetiapine Fumarate or similar drugs.
  • Be cautious while taking Quetiapine Fumarate if you have any kidney or liver impairment.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Quetiapine Fumarate causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Avoid Quetiapine Fumarate during pregnancy or breastfeeding because the safe use of the drug is not yet established.
  • Do not stop taking this medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than what is prescribed.

You are advised not to take Quetiapine Fumarate if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering, or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Quetiapine Fumarate?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver or kidney diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently asked questions Quetiapine Fumarate

  1. Can I take Quetiapine Fumarate while using Amiodarone?
  2. No. it is not advised to take Quetiapine Fumarate while using Amiodarone. Concomitant use of these medicines may affect the heart rhythm. Please consult your doctor.

  3. Is it safe to use Quetiapine Fumarate in diabetic patients?
  4. No. Quetiapine Fumarate may increase the blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is unsafe to use Quetiapine Fumarate in diabetic patients. Please consult your doctor.

  5. Do I need to be monitored for any laboratory parameters while taking Quetiapine Fumarate?
  6. Yes, it is advised to monitor blood pressure, blood glucose levels and blood cholesterol levels regularly while taking Quetiapine Fumarate.

  7. What are the contraindications of Quetiapine Fumarate?
  8. Quetiapine Fumarate is contraindicated in patients with breast cancer, hypothyroidism, obesity, anaemia, hypertension and heart attack.

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