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Generic: quetiapine
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It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression
               



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What is this medicine?

QUETIAPINE (kwe TYE a peen) is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic- depression.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • brain tumor or head injury
  • breast cancer
  • cataracts
  • diabetes
  • difficulty swallowing
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
  • low blood pressure or dizziness when standing up
  • Parkinson's disease
  • previous heart attack
  • seizures
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt by you or a family member
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to quetiapine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow it with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If it upsets your stomach you can take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 10 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over age 65 years may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

               
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