This medicine is used to treat mental illnesses such as:
It contains the active ingredient quetiapine fumarate and belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It works by correcting chemical imbalances in the brain, which may cause mental illness.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Quetiapine Sandoz has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for another reason.
Quetiapine Sandoz is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Do not take this medicine if you have an allergy to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless your doctor says so.
It is not known if it is safe for you to take this medicine while you are pregnant. If it is necessary for you to take this medicine, your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of taking it with you. It is recommended that you do not breastfeed while taking this medicine, as it is not known whether this medicine passes into breast milk.
This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
Safety and effectiveness in children have not been established.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
Depression and other mental illnesses can lead to suicide. It is important to discuss all the risks of treating depression and mental illness as well as the risks of not treating it.
You should discuss all treatment choices with your doctor, not just the use of antidepressants. Patients (and caregivers of patients) need to monitor for any worsening of their condition and/or the emergence of thoughts of suicide or suicidal behaviour or thoughts of harming themselves and to seek medical advice immediately if these symptoms present.
Tell your doctor if you are lactose intolerant.
Quetiapine Sandoz tablets contain lactose.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell him/her before you start taking Quetiapine Sandoz.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Quetiapine Sandoz may interfere with each other. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Quetiapine Sandoz, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you will need to take and how long you need to take it.
Quetiapine Sandoz is usually started as a low dose that will be gradually increased by your doctor. Your doctor will recommend a dose. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines. Your doctor will monitor your condition.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the correct dose for you.
They will tell you exactly how much to take.
Follow the instructions they give you.
If you take the wrong dose, Quetiapine Sandoz may not work as well and your problem may not improve
If you are elderly, or have liver problems, your doctor will adjust your dose to suit you.
Take your medicine once or twice a day at about the same time each day. Swallow your tablets whole with a full glass of water.
You can take your medicine with or without food.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
This medicine helps control your condition, but does not cure it. It is important to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.
Take your dose as soon as you remember, and continue to take it as you would normally.
If it is almost time for your next dose (within 6 hours), skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you have missed.
This may increase the chance of an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Quetiapine Sandoz. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose may include feeling drowsy, sleepy, dizzy or a fast heart beat.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Quetiapine Sandoz.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine.
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking Quetiapine Sandoz, tell your doctor immediately.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Your doctor will check your progress and may want do some blood tests from time to time. This helps to prevent unwanted side effects.
If you or someone you know is demonstrating any of the following warning signs of suicide while taking Quetiapine Sandoz, contact your doctor or a mental health professional immediately or go to the nearest hospital for treatment:
Occasionally, the symptoms of depression may include thoughts of suicide or self-harm. These symptoms may continue or get worse during the early stages of treatment until the effect of the medicine becomes apparent. All mentions of suicide or violence must be taken seriously.
Do not take Quetiapine Sandoz to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give Quetiapine Sandoz to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop taking your medicine, or lower the dosage without checking with your doctor.
Your doctor may gradually reduce the amount of Quetiapine Sandoz you take each day before stopping completely. If you stop Quetiapine Sandoz suddenly, your condition may worsen or your chance of getting an unwanted side effect may increase.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Quetiapine Sandoz affects you.
This medicine can cause dizziness or sleepiness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to Quetiapine Sandoz before you do anything that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or sleepy.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
If you drink alcohol, dizziness and sleepiness may be worse. Your doctor may suggest you avoid alcohol while you are being treated with Quetiapine Sandoz.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, when getting out of bed or standing up, get up slowly.
Avoid getting over-heated or dehydrated - do not over-exercise in hot weather stay inside in a cool place, stay out of the sun, do not wear too much heavy clothing, drink plenty of water. Keep warm in cool weather.
Quetiapine Sandoz may affect the way your body reacts to temperature changes.
Avoid drinking large quantities of grapefruit juice.
This medicine may be affected by grapefruit juice. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Please talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these things if you think they may bother you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Quetiapine Sandoz.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These side effects are usually mild. Some of these side effects may go away after a while.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Occasionally, Quetiapine Sandoz may be associated with changes in your liver or blood, which may require your doctor to do certain blood tests.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
Keep your medicine in the original container.
If you take it out of its original container it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store Quetiapine Sandoz or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where young children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
Quetiapine Sandoz 25mg are round, peach, film-coated tablets. Available in blisters and bottles# of 60 tablets.
Quetiapine Sandoz 100mg are round, yellow film coated tablets scored on one side. Available in blisters and bottles# of 90 tablets.
Quetiapine Sandoz 200mg are round, white film coated tablets scored on one side. Available in blisters and bottles# of 60 tablets.
Quetiapine Sandoz 300mg are capsule shaped, white film coated tablets scored on both sides. Available in blisters and bottles# of 60 tablets.
#bottles not currently marketed
This medicine does not contain sucrose or gluten.