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Zotepine is used to treat schizophrenia (psychiatric disorder with symptoms of emotional instability, detachment from reality, often with delusions and hallucinations, and withdrawal into the self).

How it works

Zotepine belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. It inhibits the action of certain chemicals in brain, thereby improving the psychological condition.

Common side effects

Constipation, Dizziness, Dry mouth, Insomnia, Sleeping for unusually long periods, Weakness, Weight gain


Expert advice

  • You may be monitored with ECG and electrolytes prior to zoltepine therapy and while increasing the dose.
  • You may also be monitored with liver function test for at least three months during zoltepine therapy.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any of the following medical conditions: epilepsy (fits), heart problems or chest pain.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery as zotepine may cause dizziness.
  • Do not stop the medication abruptly as it may cause severe side effects. Always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding its use.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)