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General Information on Quetiapine

Generic Name : Quetiapine

Pronunciation : kwe tye' a peen

Latest prescription information about Quetiapine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y49.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Psychotherapeutics

Why is Quetiapine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an atypical antipsychotic, prescribed for treating schizophrenia i.e. a disorder with includes symptoms like hearing, seeing or sensing things that are not real, mistaken beliefs and thoughts, and problems dealing with other people. It is also used to control the excited moods and depressed moods of bipolar disorder. It works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain.  

When should Quetiapine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with severe Central Nervous System depression, bone marrow suppression, coma, and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Quetiapine?

Adult- PO- Starting dose is 25 to 50 mg twice a day, may be increased to a maximum of 750 to 800 mg per day.

How should Quetiapine be taken?

It comes as tablet to take by mouth 1 to 3 times/day, and extended-release tablet 1time/day, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Quetiapine?

It may increase in your blood sugar while you are taking this medication, even if you do not already have diabetes. Monitor sugar level, especially in diabetics, signs of clinical worsening, suicidality or unusual changes in behavior.

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of seizures; neuroleptic malignant syndrome; involuntary movements, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause kidney or liver damage.

Gradual withdrawal is recommended.

It may make it harder for your body to cool down when it gets very hot. While taking this medication, you should avoid excessive exercise, stay inside as much as possible and dress lightly in hot weather, stay out of the sun, and drink plenty of fluids.

It may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. Get up slowly from bed.

What are the side effects of Quetiapine?

  Central Nervous System: Headache, generalized weakness, Drowsiness, restlessness, Dizziness. Fatigue Tremor Abnormal movements, suicidal tendencies.
  Gastrointestinal: Dry mouth, Constipation, Impaired digestion, abdominal pain.
  Metabolic: Weight Gain, elevations in serum transaminase level, increased appetite, Peripheral edema, increase in blood glucose.
  Heart: Increased heart rate, palpitations, postural and orthostatic hypotension.
  Eye and ENT: Nasal congestion, blurred vision.
  Skin: Sweating, skin rash, eruption.
  Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infection, cough, difficult breathing.
  Blood: Reduction in white blood cells.
  Miscellaneous: Fever, decrease in thyroid hormone levels, flu syndrome, increase in blood cholesterol.

What are the other precautions for Quetiapine?

Do not change the dosage without consult with your doctor.

What are the storage conditions for Quetiapine?

Oral: Store at 25C. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.

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aragamprabhakar, India

since taking this drug my son is making abnormal neck movements while standing ,sitting etc and started talking to himself which was not done before. Prior to calling medicines he was slightly depressed and used to get irritable. Now, he says he talks to people and is obsessed with cleaning etc. Can we stop this medicine for sometime and observe him?

sp_khetan, India

I have taken Qutan SR 200. I am feeling high dizziness. I need to go to work. Can you suggest me a way to avoid dizziness ?

Larryja, United States

Should Quetiapine Tab 50MG be given to a person who has Alzheimer's? When my wife takes this medication it makes her sick with in 5 minutes after taking it. She gags, spits up fleam and compains her stomach hurts

pardoman, India

My daughter was taking this medicine Qutipin 25 for the last two months This is one tab a day every night while sleeping.Instead of betterment know the situation is minus than before.She now if stands then continue standing with abnormal neck movement or if she sits then same problem;;;;For every new moment she becomes still then after 5-7 minutes she do the work like sitting,eating sleeping.As now we have stoped giving this medicine.We consulted our doctor where as he increased the doze now half tab more in the morning.Our fear is this that we are not seeing any improvement for the last two months.If this doze increase will solve the problem or may increase the problem we are confused.Any one having any such expereince of recovery after this type of stage pl advice.God bless

MJ578, N/A

1. Gatrointestinal you say loss of appetite but below in METABOLIC you say increased increased appetite. What is right is confusing the layman, but I being a health personal know what is right. Kindly correct it instantly, this means a lot for the credibility of your site. Meenakshi Johar, Oslo


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