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Brand Name

Seroquel XR

Common Name
quetiapine extended release


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02300184 SEROQUEL XR 50 MG TABLET (EXTENDED-RELEASE)
02300192 SEROQUEL XR 200 MG TABLET (EXTENDED-RELEASE)
02300206 SEROQUEL XR 300 MG TABLET (EXTENDED-RELEASE)
02300214 SEROQUEL XR 400 MG TABLET (EXTENDED-RELEASE)
02321513 SEROQUEL XR 150 MG TABLET (EXTENDED-RELEASE)

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Quetiapine belongs to a class of medications known as antipsychotics. It is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia, manic and depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder, and symptoms of depression after failed treatment with antidepressant medications. It works by affecting the actions of certain chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use this medication?

The usual recommend starting dose for schizophrenia or manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder is 300 mg once daily on day one, 600 mg once daily on day two, and up to 800 mg once daily from day three onwards.

The usual recommended starting dose for depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder is 50 mg once daily on day one, 100 mg once daily on day two, 200 mg once daily on day three, and 300 mg once daily on day four and onwards. The dose may be further increased depending on response and tolerability. The maximum dose is 600 mg daily.

The usual recommended starting dose for major depressive disorder is 50 mg once daily on days one and two, then 150 mg once daily on day three. The dose may be further increased up to a maximum of 300 mg per day depending on response and tolerability.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

Quetiapine can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking this medication or change the time of the day you take it without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit from the medication. If you miss a dose by a few hours, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If most of the day has passed since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

Store this medication at room temperature, and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

50 mg
Each peach-coloured, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, intagliated with "XR 50" on one side and plain on the other, contains quetiapine fumarate equivalent to quetiapine free base 50 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium citrate; coating: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 400, red ferric oxide, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

150 mg
Each white, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, intagliated with "XR 150" on one side and plain on the other, contains quetiapine fumarate equivalent to quetiapine free base 150 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium citrate; coating: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 400, titanium dioxide.

200 mg
Each yellow, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, intagliated with "XR 200" on one side and plain on the other, contains quetiapine fumarate equivalent to quetiapine free base 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium citrate; coating: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 400, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

300 mg
Each pale yellow, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, intagliated with "XR 300" on one side and plain on the other, contains quetiapine fumarate equivalent to quetiapine free base 300 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium citrate; coating: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 400, titanium dioxide, and yellow ferric oxide.

400 mg
Each white, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, intagliated with "XR 400" on one side and plain on the other, contains quetiapine fumarate equivalent to quetiapine free base 400 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium citrate; coating: hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 400, titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Quetiapine should not be taken by anyone who is allergic to quetiapine or to any of the ingredients of the medication.



 

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