What is Quetiapine used for?
Quetiapine is an oral antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of schizophrenia. This medication is also prescribed to treat acute manic episodes as well as depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder. It works by changing the actions of certain natural substances in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Quetiapine?
The dosage of Quetiapine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Quetiapine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Quetiapine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Quetiapine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Quetiapine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Quetiapine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Quetiapine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Quetiapine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Quetiapine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Quetiapine can interact with antifungal medications and narcotic pain relievers.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Quetiapine?
Like other medicines, Quetiapine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Quetiapine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Quetiapine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Quetiapine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Quetiapine can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, runny nose, blurred vision, headache, and weight gain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Quetiapine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Quetiapine?
Is it possible for me to take Quetiapine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Quetiapine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Quetiapine?
How will Quetiapine work in my body?
How should Quetiapine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Quetiapine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Quetiapine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.