By Dark Politricks
Anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has advised people to be extra vigilant following reports that the anti-psychotic drug, Seroquel XL 50mg, has been found within some Nurofen Plus packets.
Three batches of the painkiller, which is available to purchase in pharmacies across the UK, have been affected.
The Seroquel XL 50mg tablets, manufactured by AstraZeneca, are prescription only and used to treat such illnesses as schizophrenia, mania and bipolar depression (or manic depression).
The effected batches of Nurofen and their product licence no’s are listed below.
|Pack size||Batch number||Expirary date||Product Licence No.|
|32 tablets||13JJ||03/2014||00327 / 0082|
|32 tablets||57JJ||05/2014||00063 / 0376|
|32 tablets||49JJ||05/2014||00063 / 0376|
Seroquel XL 50mg tablets are large, capsule-shaped and can be identified by their gold and black packaging.
The smaller Nurofen Plus tablets can be identified by their silver and black packaging.
Patients have been advised to contact their GP if they suspect they have taken any affected tablets.
Ian Holloway, from the MHRA’s Defective Medicines Report Centre (DMRC), said:
“People should check to see if they have any affected packets of Nurofen Plus. If you do, return them to the pharmacy where you bought them from. You can also report this to the MHRA’s DMRC on 020 3080 6574.”
A spokeswoman for the MHRA said that GPs should explain the possible side-effects to any patients who may have mistakenly taken the anti psychotic.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society said that although a single dose of Seroquel shouldn’t be an issue for healthy patients, patients taking other medicines should consult their GP.
Neal Patel, a pharmacist from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said:
“For a healthy adult a single dose of Seroquel is unlikely to cause major problem, however, for patients taking other medicines or those with other medical conditions or if you suspect you may have accidentally taken Seroqel and feel unwell, seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor as soon as possible.”
SEROQUEL XR is a once-daily tablet approved in adults for
- add-on treatment to an antidepressant for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who did not have an adequate response to antidepressant therapy;
- acute depressive episodes in bipolar disorder;
- acute manic or mixed episodes in bipolar disorder alone or with lithium or divalproex;
- long-term treatment of bipolar disorder with lithium or divalproex; and
SEROQUEL is approved for
- acute depressive episodes in bipolar disorder in adults;
- acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder in adults when used alone or with lithium or divalproex;
- acute manic episodes in bipolar disorder in children and adolescents ages 10 to 17 years;
- long-term treatment of bipolar disorder in adults with lithium or divalproex;
- schizophrenia in adults and
- schizophrenia in adolescents ages 13-17 years.
Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis (having lost touch with reality due to confusion and memory loss) treated with this type of medicine are at an increased risk of death, compared to placebo (sugar pill). SEROQUEL XR and SEROQUEL are not approved for treating these patients.
Antidepressants have increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and actions in some children, teenagers, and young adults. Patients of all ages starting treatment should be watched closely for worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or actions, unusual changes in behavior, agitation, and irritability.
Patients, families, and caregivers should pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. This is very important when an antidepressant medicine is started or when the dose is changed. Report any change in these symptoms immediately to the doctor. SEROQUEL XR is not approved for patients under the age of 18 years. SEROQUEL is not approved for patients under the age of 10 years.
The side effects of SEROQUEL can include:
High fever; stiff muscles; confusion; sweating; changes in pulse, heart rate, and blood pressure.
These may be symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare and serious condition that can lead to death.
If you experience any of these side effects then stop taking SEROQUEL XR or SEROQUEL (or Nurofen) and call your doctor right away.
Other side effects can include:
Weight gain, the inability to control parts of your face, tongue, or any other body parts, feeling dizzy or lightheaded upon standing, decreases in white blood cells (which can be fatal), or trouble swallowing.
For SEROQUEL, the most common side effects in adults are drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, constipation, weakness, abdominal pain, a sudden drop in blood pressure upon standing, sore throat, weight gain, sluggishness, abnormal liver tests, and upset stomach.
The most common side effects in children and adolescents are drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, increased appetite, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, rapid heartbeat, and weight gain.
I’m only speculating here (and wildly) but be careful people. This is probably just a mix up in the packing factory or some malevolent fool causing havoc but we already know what our societies are capable of.
They already drug our water against our wishes and it would be no surprise whatsoever if they started mixing in anti-pyschotics and anti-depressants into commonly taken over the counter drugs as well. Hard times are coming and a dumbed down drooling and ill population incapable of fighting back the authorities when the shit hits the fan would be just the ideal ticket to prevent the kind of riots in the UK and Greece we have just witnessed.
If you have recently bought Nurofen then check the pack and ensure you are safe.