Seroquel XR (Quetiapine XR) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Seroquel XR
Seroquel XR is a common drug that is used for treating brain dysfunction. It is a treatment of choice for bipolar disorder as well as for Schizophrenia. The drug is very useful in preventing depression if you are suffering from bipolar disorder. You can also use it if you have been diagnosed with manic disorders. Seroquel XR is also used to prevent the recurrence of depression and manic disorders.
Side Effects/Precautions for Seroquel XR
Seroquel XR or Quetiapine XR has to be used with a great deal of caution if you are suffering from an underlying kidney or liver disease. If you are an elderly person, then you should use this drug with a certain amount of care. Further, if you smoke or suffer from hypertension and are at a risk of getting a stroke, then you should not use the Seroquel XR drug. Diabetes can also be caused by brand or generic Seroquel XR. Therefore, if you have a high risk of getting diabetes, you should not use this drug.
If you are under the age of 18 or if you are a breastfeeding mother, then you should not use Quetiapine XR. There are various side effects like drowsiness and dizziness that you can experience, if you use brand or generic Seroquel XR. You can also suffer from indigestion and constipation. People on Seroquel XR may also experience an increase in appetite and sudden weight gain if they regularly use this drug.
Seroquel XR Dosage
For patients of Schizophrenia, an initial dose of 300 mg per day of Seroquel XR is recommended. Dosages of 400 mg per day to 800 mg per day can then be titrated depending on the patients’ reaction to the drug. However, dosages over 800 mg should not be administered in a single day. An increase in medication can be in steps of 300 mg per day maximum. For maintenance treatment, dosages of 400 mg - 800 mg per day are recommended. Patients with bipolar disorder should be started off with 300 mg on the first day and 600 mg on the second day. After that the dosage should be adjusted depending on the patients’ response and condition. If patients also have depressive episodes, dosages need to be reduced further. Elderly patients should be started off on a dose of 50 mg per day and the dosage should be subsequently increased thereafter depending on the patient’s reaction.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.