Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some of the common questions people ask about TEVATIAPINE XR
(quetiapine modified release tablets). It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor will have weighed the risks of
you taking it against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What quetiapine modified release tablets are used for
Quetiapine modified release tablets help to correct chemical imbalances in the brain.
It is used to treat conditions such as:
Bipolar disorder, an illness of in which there are sustained mood swings either up
(mania) or down (depression). During mania, patients experience episodes of overactivity,
elation or irritability. During depression, patients may feel depressed or guilty,
lack energy, lose their appetite and have trouble sleeping.
Recurrent major depressive disorder, an illness where depression is longer lasting
and/ or more severe than the "low moods" everyone has from time to time due to the
stress of everyday life. It is thought to be caused by a chemical imbalance in parts
of the brain. This imbalance affects your whole body and can cause emotional and physical
symptoms such as feeling low in spirit, loss of interest in activities, being unable
to enjoy life, poor appetite or overeating, disturbed sleep, often waking up early,
loss of sex drive, lack of energy and feeling guilty over nothing.
Generalised anxiety disorder, where patients have excessive anxiety and worry.
Schizophrenia, an illness with disturbances in thinking, feelings and behaviour
Quetiapine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why quetiapine modified release tablets
have been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Quetiapine modified release tablets are not addictive.
Before you take it
When you must not take it
Do not take quetiapine modified release tablets if you have an allergy to:
quetiapine, the active ingredient in quetiapine modified release tablets
any of the other ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing
or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the
body; rash, itching or hives on the skin or you may feel faint.
Quetiapine modified release tablets are not recommended for use in children.
There is not enough information on its effects in children.
Do not take it after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack.
Do not take it 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 quetiapine modified release tablets
talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to:
any other medicines
any other substances such as foods, dyes or preservatives
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have, or have had, any medical conditions, especially
heart or blood vessel problems or a family history of heart or blood vessel problems
including low blood pressure, stroke, problems with your circulation or any condition
that affects blood flow to the brain, problems with the way your heart beats or a
history of heart attack
diabetes or a family history of diabetes. Patients with diabetes or who have a higher
chance of diabetes should have their blood sugar checked before and during treatment
with quetiapine modified release tablets.
epilepsy (seizures or fits)
dementia or related behavioural disorders (especially in elderly patients)
low white blood cell count
sleep apnea - a condition where you stop breathing for short periods during your normal
urinary retention (a condition where you can't completely empty your bladder)
an enlarged prostate
a blockage in your intestines
increased pressure inside your eyes or glaucoma
Tell your doctor or mental health professional if you have any mental/mood changes
or suicidal thoughts.
Depression and other mental illnesses can increase the risk of 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.
Do not take quetiapine modified release tablets if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
unless your doctor says so. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits involved.
It is not known if it is safe for you to take it while you are pregnant. However,
if you need to take it during your pregnancy, the doctor will discuss the risks and
benefits of taking it with you.
It is recommended that you do not breastfeed while taking it, as it may pass into
Before your doctor starts you on quetiapine modified release tablets your doctor may
want to take some tests (eg blood tests, blood pressure, weight or height measurements).
These tests may help to prevent side effects.
Taking other medicines
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
Some medicines and quetiapine may interfere with each other, these include:
phenytoin or carbamazepine -medicines for epilepsy
medicines for high blood pressure (including diuretics or fluid tablets) or heart
lorazepam - a medicine used to help you sleep
medicines used to treat anxiety, depression, mood swings, attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) or other mood disorders
medicines for fungal infections such as ketoconazole
some antibiotics such as rifampicin and erythromycin
thioridazine - an antipsychotic medicine
medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease
stimulants such as amphetamines
glucocorticoids - medicines used to treat inflammation
medicines for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
medicines that have anticholinergic (muscarinic) effects
These medicines may be affected by quetiapine modified release tablets 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 will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information about medicines to be careful with
or avoid while taking quetiapine modified release tablets.
If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell them before you take
any quetiapine modified release tablets.
How to take it
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 on the pack ask your doctor or pharmacist
How to take it
Swallow your quetiapine modified release tablets whole with a full glass of water.
Do not split, chew or crush the tablets.
If you split, chew or crush the tablets they will not work properly.
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you will need to take each day and how
long you need to take it. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are
taking any other medicines.
Quetiapine modified release tablets are usually started as a low dose that will be
increased by your doctor. Your doctor will recommend a dose especially for you. This
will depend on various factors including your age, condition being treated, other
medical conditions (eg liver problems), other medicines you are taking and how you
may react to quetiapine modified release tablets. Your doctor will monitor your condition
and may change your dose depending on how you respond to it.
Your doctor will use the lowest dose for the least amount of time to keep you well.
Your doctor may have switched your treatment from quetiapine immediate release tablets
to quetiapine modified release tablets. Your doctor will generally prescribe you a
once daily dose of quetiapine modified release tablets, which is equivalent to your
total daily dose of quetiapine immediate release tablets. Your doctor will tell you
how many tablets you will need to take each day.
When to take it
Quetiapine modified release tablets should be taken once a day, at approximately the
same time each day.
Taking your tablets at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also
help you remember when to take the tablets.
It should be taken without food.
How long to take it
Continue taking the tablets for as long as your doctor tells you.
Quetiapine modified release tablets help control your condition, but does not cure
Therefore you must take it every day.
Do not stop taking it unless your doctor tells you to - even if you feel better.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next
dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go
back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26) for
advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that
you or anyone else may have taken too much quetiapine. Do this even if there are no
signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too many Quetiapine modified release tablets you may feel drowsy, sleepy,
dizzy or have fast heart beats.
While you are taking it
Things you must do
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who are treating you that you are
If you are about to be started on any new medicines, tell your doctor, dentist or
pharmacist that you are taking it.
Tell your doctor or mental health professional immediately, or go to the nearest hospital,
if you have any of the following suicidal thoughts or other mental/mood changes:
thoughts or talk of death or suicide
thoughts or talk of self-harm or harm to others
any recent attempts of self-harm
increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation
worsening of depression
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.
If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or
dentist that you are taking it.
If you become pregnant while taking it, tell your doctor immediately.
If you need to have any medical tests (including urine drug screening) while you are
taking it, tell your doctor.
It may affect the results of some tests.
Be sure to keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Your doctor will check your progress and may want to take some tests (eg blood tests,
blood pressure, weight or height measurements) from time to time. These tests may
help to prevent side effects.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking it, or change the dosage, even if you are feeling better, without
checking with your doctor.
If you stop taking it suddenly, your condition may worsen or your chance of getting
an unwanted side effect may increase. To prevent this, your doctor may gradually reduce
the amount of quetiapine modified release tablets you take each day before stopping
Do not take it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar or they
have the same condition as you. Do not take any medicines that cause drowsiness while
you are taking it, unless recommended by your doctor.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how quetiapine affects you.
It can make some people dizzy or sleepy. Make sure you know how you react to it before
you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous if
you are dizzy or sleepy.
If it makes you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, be careful when getting up from
a sitting or lying position.
Standing up slowly, especially when you get up from bed or chairs, will help your
body get used to the change in position and blood pressure. If this problem continues
or gets worse, talk to your doctor.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking it.
Combining quetiapine and alcohol can make you more sleepy or dizzy. Your doctor may
suggest you avoid alcohol while you are being treated with it.
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 or heavy clothing,
drink plenty of water. Keep warm in cool weather.
Quetiapine 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.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these things if you think they may bother
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking it.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Some side effects may be related to the dose of quetiapine modified release tablets
or may be more likely to occur during long term treatment. Therefore, it is important
that you tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice anything that is making
you feel unwell, even if you think the problems are not connected with this medicine.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
weight gain, increased appetite
upset stomach, constipation, indigestion, vomiting (mainly in elderly or children)
swelling of the hands, ankles or feet
runny or stuffy nose (particularly in children)
abnormal dreams, nightmares
shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing and/or tightness in the chest
fast or irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
These side effects are usually mild. Some of these side effects may go away after
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice the following:
falling, feeling dizzy or faint on standing up
difficulty in speaking
rapid heart beat
symptoms of high sugar levels in the blood (including passing large amounts of urine,
excessive thirst, increase in appetite with a loss of weight, feeling tired, drowsy,
weak, depressed, irritable and generally unwell)
breast enlargement, unusual secretion of breast milk
These are serious side effects. You may need medical attention.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and
Emergency at your nearest hospital:
abnormal muscle movements, including difficulty starting muscle movements, shaking,
restlessness or muscle stiffness without pain.
worm-like movements of the tongue or other uncontrolled movements of the tongue, mouth,
cheeks or jaw which may progress to the arms and legs
a sudden increase in body temperature, with sweating, or a fast heart beat
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
very marked drowsiness
long-lasting and painful erections
fainting (particularly in children)
severe allergic reaction (may include severe difficulty in breathing, shock, swelling
of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body, skin rash, hayfever, or you
may feel faint)
signs of frequent infections such as fever, chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
severe upper stomach pain, often with nausea and vomiting (particularly in patients
with other risk factors such as gallstones, alcohol consumption and/or increased levels
of certain fats within the blood)
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Occasionally, quetiapine may be associated with changes in your liver function or
blood (eg blood fat levels such as cholesterol or triglyceride, blood sugar levels,
blood pressure, thyroid hormone levels, white blood cells). These can only be found
when your doctor does tests from time to time to check your progress.
Other side effects not listed here may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
After taking it
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they will not keep well.
Keep it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave
it in the car or on a window sill.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where 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 it or the tablets have passed their expiry
date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
What TEVATIAPINE XR tablets look like
TEVATIAPINE XR tablets are biconvex oblong shaped and are debossed with "Q" and the
strength on one side, and plain on the other. Tablet colouring is as follows:
50 mg - brown
150 mg - white
200 mg - yellow
300 mg - light yellow
400 mg - white
All strengths are available in packs 60 tablets.
Each TEVATIAPINE XR tablet contains quetiapine fumarate as the active ingredient equivalent
to quetiapine 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg or 400 mg.
Other ingredients include:
Titanium dioxide (E171)
Iron oxide red (E172 – 50 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg tablets)
Iron oxide yellow (E172 – 50 mg, 200 mg and 300 mg)
Iron oxide black (50 mg and 300 mg tablets)
TEVATIAPINE XR tablets do not contain gluten or lactose.
Teva Pharma Australia Pty Ltd
Level 2, 37 Epping Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
This leaflet was prepared in April 2020.
Tevatiapine XR Australian Registration Numbers:
50 mg - AUST R 249712
150 mg - AUST R 249752
200 mg - AUST R 249772
300 mg - AUST R 249792
400 mg - AUST R 249812