1. What is SERDOLECT and what is it used for?
SERDOLECT 20 mg Film-Coated Tablet contains 20 mg sertindole.
SERDOLECT 20 mg Film-Coated Tablet is in blister pack of 28 tablets in a cardboard box.
Oval, pink, biconvex film-coated tablets debossed with “S20” on one side.
SERDOLECT belongs to a group of medicines known as antipsychotics. These drugs work by correcting chemical imbalances in the brain. Too much dopamine or too little serotonin, a chemical in the brain, can cause symptoms of mental illness. Sertindole, the active ingredient of SERDOLECT, corrects this imbalance.
SERDOLECT is used to treat schizophrenia. Since SERDOLECT may adversely affect your heart, but your doctor decides that you cannot use another antipsychotic drug, he will prescribe you SERDOLECT.
If you have any questions about why Serdolect has been prescribed for you, ask your doctor.
2.How to use SERDOLECT?
Always use SERDOLECT exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are unsure you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
The usual starting dose is 4 mg per day. The dose will be increased by 4 mg every 4-5 days until the maintenance dose is reached.
The usual maintenance dose is 12 – 20 mg of SERDOLECT once daily. The dose prescribed by your doctor is based on your response to the drug. Very rarely, your doctor may need to prescribe a maximum dose of 24 mg per day.
Continue to use the tablets for as long as your doctor recommends. Even if you start to feel better, do not stop using the tablets without being told by your doctor. The underlying disease may continue for a long time and your symptoms may return in a very short time after you stop the treatment. Never change the dose of the drug without talking to your doctor.
Application route and method
SERDOLECT is taken as a single daily dose once a day. You can take it with or without food, but if you take it with a meal, it will remind you to take your medicine at about the same time every day. Swallow the tablets with water
different age groups
Use in children
Use in the elderly
Use in the elderly:
Your doctor will likely increase the dose of your tablets after a longer period than is normally recommended. Also, your doctor will probably prescribe a lower maintenance dose than is normally recommended.
Special use cases
SERDOLECT can be given in normal doses to patients with kidney problems.
If you have mild or moderate liver problems, your doctor may want to monitor you more closely and will probably increase your SERDOlect dose after a longer period than is normally recommended. Also, your doctor will probably prescribe a lower maintenance dose than is normally recommended.
If you have the impression that the effect of SERDOLECT is too strong or weak, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you use more SERDOLECT than you should
If you have used more than you should use from SERDOLECT, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.
heart rate increase
lowering of blood pressure
If you think that you or someone else may have taken too many SERDOLECT film-coated tablets, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately or go to the nearest hospital’s emergency department immediately. Do this even if there is no sign of discomfort or poisoning. If you go to a doctor or hospital, take the SERDOECT box with you.
3. What are the possible side effects?
Like all medicines, there may be side effects in people who are sensitive to the substances contained in SERDOLECT.
At the beginning of treatment with Serdolect, you may feel dizzy when you get out of bed or stand up. This will most likely disappear after using SERDOLECT for a while. Your doctor will reduce the risk of dizziness by starting the tablets at a low dose and increasing the dose over several weeks.
If the side effects are bothersome or persist for more than a week or two, consult your doctor. If any of the side effects get serious or you notice an effect that is not included in this leaflet, please talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Side effects are listed as shown in the following categories:
Very common: may occur in at least 1 in 10 patients.
Common: less than 1 in 10 patients, but more than 1 in 100 patients.
Uncommon: less than 1 in 100 patients, but more than 1 in 1,000 patients. Rare: less than 1 in 1,000 patients, but more than 1 in 10,000 patients.
Very rare: less than 1 in 10,000 patients.
Not known: Frequency cannot be estimated from the available data.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, inform your doctor or go to the hospital immediately.