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AMISULPRIDE

Brand Name(s) : Solian
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

AMISULPRIDE WARNINGS

Amisulpride should be used with caution in:

  • patients with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes
  • patients with kidney problems
  • patients with a history of epilepsy
  • the elderly
  • those with Parkinson's disease
  • patients with heart disease, a family history of heart disease, or an unusual or slow heart rate
  • patients with decreased levels of potassium in their blood
  • patients who have had a stroke or are at risk of having a stroke
  • patients using medications for depression or to calm emotional and mental illnesses such as pimozide, haloperidol, imipramine, thioridazine and lithium
  • patients using medications for severe pain called opiates, such as morphine, pethidine or methadone
  • patients using medications for high blood pressure and heart problems
  • patients using clonidine for migraines, flushing or high blood pressure
  • patients using medicines which help you sleep, such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines
  • patients using pain-killers.

It should not be used in:

  • patients who are allergic (hypersensitive) to amisulpride or any of the other ingredients
  • women who are pregnant, at risk of becoming pregnant, or who are breast-feeding
  • patients with breast cancer or prolactin dependent tumours
  • patients with a tumour on their adrenal gland (called phaeochromocytoma)
  • patients taking levodopa, a medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease
  • children before the onset of puberty

Also see list of precautions and interactions.

STORAGE

Amisulpride tablets should be disposed of if they become discoloured.

Amisulpride solution should be discarded 2 months after opening.

AMISULPRIDE USES

What is it used for?

  • Amisulpride is used to treat schizophrenia.
  • It is an atypical antipsychotic drug, sometimes known as an antipsychotic.
  • It is used to treat disturbed thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
  • In general this drug is used to treat schizophrenia when it first starts, and as long-term treatment for this mental condition.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include relief from the symptoms of schizophrenia, which include: feeling, seeing or hearing things which do not exist; having strange and frightening thoughts; changing how you act; making you feel alone, tense, anxious or depressed.

Listed below are the typical uses of amisulpride.

  • acute schizophrenia (short term),
  • chronic schizophrenia (long term)

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication orally exactly as your doctor has told you.
  • Take the tablet form of this drug before a meal, swallowing tablets whole with a glass of water.
  • Take the liquid form of this drug with a drink that does not contain alcohol, and use a graduated syringe to measure the medicine.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.

Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.

Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • You may feel less alert, drowsy or sleepy whilst taking this medicine. If this happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

AMISULPRIDE SIDE EFFECTS

  • Trembling
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Uncontrolled movements (spasms)
  • Slow movement
  • Producing more saliva than usual
  • Feeling restless.
  • Movements that cannot be controlled in the arms and legs
  • Movements that cannot be controlled in the face or tongue

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the above symptoms.

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor:

  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Feeling anxious or agitated
  • Feeling drowsy or sleepy
  • Constipation
  • Feeling or being sick
  • Dry mouth
  • Putting on weight
  • Unusual production of breast milk in women and men
  • Breast pain
  • Lack of menstrual periods
  • Breast enlargement (in men)
  • Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection, or in ejaculating
  • Feeling dizzy (which can be due to low blood pressure)
  • Slowing of the heart beat.

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Stop taking amisulpride and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if you develop any of the following:

  • A high temperature, sweating, stiff muscles, fast heartbeat, fast breathing and feel confused, drowsy or agitated. These could be the symptoms of a serious but rare side effect called ‘neuroleptic malignant syndrome’; an unusual heart rate, very fast heart rate or chest pain which could result in a heart attack or life-threatening heart disorder; fits (seizures); swelling, pain and redness in the legs which may be symptoms of blood clots in the legs which can travel through blood vessels to the lungs causing chest pain and difficulty in breathing.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

AMISULPRIDE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking amisulpride, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to another antipsychotic; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of:

  • an allergy (hypersensitivity) to amisulpride or any of the other ingredients
  • pregnancy, breastfeeding, or being at risk of becoming pregnant
  • breast cancer or prolactin dependent tumours
  • tumour on the adrenal gland (called phaeochromocytoma)
  • taking levodopa, a medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease
  • children before the onset of puberty .

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • the presence of diabetes, or being at risk of developing diabetes
  • kidney problems
  • history of epilepsy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • heart disease, or a family history of heart disease
  • unusual or slow heart rate
  • decreased levels of potassium in your blood
  • previous stroke, or risk of having a stroke.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking amisulpride.

The elderly: amisulpride should be used with caution in the elderly as it may cause low blood pressure or sleepiness.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below.

PREGNANCY

Amisulpride is not safe to take if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Amisulpride is not safe to take if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

AMISULPRIDE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

  • quinidine
  • disopyramide
  • procainamide
  • amiodarone
  • sotalol
  • bepridil
  • cisapride
  • sultopride
  • thioridazine
  • methadone
  • intravenous erythromycin
  • intravenous vincamine
  • halofantrine
  • pentamidine
  • sparfloxacin
  • bendrofluazide
  • hydrochlorothiazide
  • laxatives
  • glucocorticoids
  • tetracosactides
  • amphotericin
  • levodopa.

If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting amisulpride.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of:

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using amisulpride, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

AMISULPRIDE OVERDOSE

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of amisulpride or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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