What is this medicine?
PIMOZIDE (PI moe zide) helps to reduce the muscle and speech tics that are caused by Tourette's syndrome.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take with grapefruit juice. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
abnormal production of milk
breast enlargement in both males and females
difficulty moving, slow movements, tremor
fever or chills, sore throat
males: prolonged or painful erection
males: trouble getting or maintaining an erection
missed or irregular menstrual periods
problems with balance, talking, walking
restlessness, pacing, inability to keep still
signs and symptoms of a dangerous change in heartbeat or heart rhythm like chest pain; dizziness; fast or irregular heartbeat; palpitations; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; breathing problems
signs and symptoms of low blood pressure like dizziness; feeling faint or lightheaded, falls; unusually weak or tired
signs and symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome such as confusion; fast or irregular heartbeat; high fever; increased sweating; stiff muscles
signs and symptoms of tardive dyskinesia such as uncontrollable head, mouth, neck, arm, or leg movements
sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
suicidal thoughts or other mood changes
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
weight loss or weight gain
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like azithromycin, clarithromycin, dirithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin
certain antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS like indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir
certain medicines for ADHD like amphetamine, dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate
certain medicines for depression like citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, nefazodone, venlafaxine, tricyclic antidepressants
certain medicines for fungal infections like fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole
certain medicines for irregular heart beat like amiodarone, bepridil, dofetilide, encainide, flecainide, propafenone, quinidine, sotalol
other medicines that prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for anxiety or sleep
corticosteroids like prednisone, methylprednisolone
herbal supplements like betel nut
laxatives and enemas
medicines for Parkinson's disease like levodopa
medicines for seizures
narcotic medicines for pain
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
diabetes or high blood sugar
history of irregular heartbeat
low blood counts, like low white cell, platelet, or red cell counts
low blood pressure
low magnesium level in the blood
low potassium level in the blood
pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor)
Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders
previous heart attack or stroke
suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt by you or a family member
trouble passing urine
an unusual or allergic reaction to pimozide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Only stop taking this medicine on advice of your doctor or health care professional.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Dress warm in cold weather and stay hydrated in hot weather. If possible, avoid extreme temperatures like saunas, hot tubs, very hot or cold showers, or activities that can cause dehydration such as vigorous exercise.
April 01, 2018