QUETIAPINE FUMARATE- quetiapine fumarate tablet, film coated
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Quetiapine Fumarate Tablets
Read this Medication Guide before you start taking quetiapine fumarate tablets and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or your treatment.
What is the most important information I should know about quetiapine fumarate tablets?
Quetiapine fumarate tablets may cause serious side effects, including:
1. risk of death in the elderly with dementia: Medicines like quetiapine fumarate tablets can increase the risk of death in elderly people who have memory loss (dementia). Quetiapine fumarate tablet is not for treating psychosis in the elderly with dementia.
2. risk of suicidal thoughts or actions (antidepressant medicines, depression and other serious mental illnesses, and suicidal thoughts or actions).
Talk to your, or your family member’s, healthcare provider about:
Call a healthcare provider right away if you or your family member has any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
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What is a quetiapine fumarate tablet?
It is not known if quetiapine fumarate tablet is safe and effective in children under 10 years of age.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking quetiapine fumarate tablets?
Before you take quetiapine fumarate tablets, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had:
Tell the healthcare provider about all the medicines that you take or recently have taken including prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements and vitamins.
Quetiapine fumarate tablets and other medicines may affect each other causing serious side effects. Quetiapine fumarate tablets may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how quetiapine fumarate tablets works.
Tell your healthcare provider if you are having a urine drug screen because quetiapine fumarate tablets may affect your test results. Tell those giving the test that you are taking quetiapine fumarate tablets.
How should I take quetiapine fumarate tablets?
- If you feel you need to stop quetiapine fumarate tablets, talk with your healthcare provider first. If you suddenly stop taking quetiapine fumarate tablets, you may have side effects such as trouble sleeping or trouble staying asleep (insomnia), nausea, and vomiting.
- If you miss a dose of quetiapine fumarate tablets, take it as soon as you remember. If you are close to your next dose, skip the missed dose. Just take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time unless your healthcare provider tells you to. If you are not sure about your dosing, call your healthcare provider.
What should I avoid while taking quetiapine fumarate tablets?
- Do not drive, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how quetiapine fumarate tablets affects you. Quetiapine fumarate tablets may make you drowsy.
What are possible side effects of quetiapine fumarate tablets?
Quetiapine fumarate tablets can cause serious side effects, including:
• See “What is the most important information I should know about quetiapine fumarate tablets?”
• stroke that can lead to death can happen in elderly people with dementia who take medicines like quetiapine fumarate tablets
• neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). NMS is a rare but very serious condition that can happen in people who take antipsychotic medicines, including quetiapine fumarate tablets. NMS can cause death and must be treated in a hospital. Call your healthcare provider right away if you become severely ill and have some or all of these symptoms:
o high fever
o excessive sweating
o rigid muscles
o changes in your breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure
• high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). High blood sugar can happen if you have diabetes already or if you have never had diabetes. High blood sugar could lead to:
o build up of acid in your blood due to ketones (ketoacidosis)
Increases in blood sugar can happen in some people who take quetiapine fumarate tablets. Extremely high blood sugar can lead to coma or death. If you have diabetes or risk factors for diabetes (such as being overweight or a family history of diabetes) your healthcare provider should check your blood sugar before you start quetiapine fumarate tablets and during therapy.
Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) while taking quetiapine fumarate tablets:
o feel very thirsty
o need to urinate more than usual
o feel very hungry
o feel weak or tired
o feel sick to your stomach
o feel confused, or your breath smells fruity
• high fat levels in your blood (increased cholesterol and triglycerides). High fat levels may happen in people treated with quetiapine fumarate tablets. You may not have any symptoms, so your healthcare provider may decide to check your cholesterol and triglycerides during your treatment with quetiapine fumarate tablets.
• increase in weight (weight gain). Weight gain is common in people who take quetiapine fumarate tablets so you and your healthcare provider should check your weight regularly. Talk to your healthcare provider about ways to control weight gain, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet, and exercising.
• movements you cannot control in your face, tongue, or other body parts (tardive dyskinesia). These may be signs of a serious condition. Tardive dyskinesia may not go away, even if you stop taking quetiapine fumarate tablets. Tardive dyskinesia may also start after you stop taking quetiapine fumarate tablets.
• decreased blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension), including lightheadedness or fainting caused by a sudden change in heart rate and blood pressure when rising too quickly from a sitting or lying position.
• increases in blood pressure in children and teenagers. Your healthcare provider should check blood pressure in children and adolescents before starting quetiapine fumarate tablets and during therapy.
• low white blood cell count
• abnormal thyroid tests: Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your thyroid hormone level.
• increases in prolactin levels: Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your prolactin levels.
• sleepiness, drowsiness, feeling tired, difficulty thinking and doing normal activities
• increased body temperature
• difficulty swallowing
• trouble sleeping or trouble staying asleep (insomnia), nausea, or vomiting if you suddenly stop taking quetiapine fumarate tablets. These symptoms usually get better 1 week after you start having them.
The most common side effects of quetiapine fumarate tablets include:
• dry mouth
• sore throat
• difficulty moving
• abdominal pain
In Children and Adolescents:
• increased appetite
• dry mouth
• weight gain
• rapid heart beat
These are not all the possible side effects of quetiapine fumarate tablets. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store quetiapine fumarate tablets?
• Store quetiapine fumarate tablets at room temperature, between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
• Keep quetiapine fumarate tablets and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of quetiapine fumarate tablets.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use quetiapine fumarate tablets for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give quetiapine fumarate tablets to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about quetiapine fumarate tablets. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about quetiapine fumarate tablets that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in quetiapine fumarate tablets?
Active ingredient: quetiapine fumarate
Inactive ingredients: povidone, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium starch glycolate, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide. The 25 mg tablets contain iron oxide red and yellow. The 100 mg and 400 mg tablets contain only iron oxide yellow.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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