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Pimozide

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Last Updated: November 16, 2019

Pimozide belongs to a group of antipsychotic drugs. It works by inhibiting the production of dopamine, which is a chemical occurring naturally in the brain. It is used to treat patients suffering from schizophrenia.

The drug is administered when other medicines have proved ineffective. You cannot take this medicine:

  • if you are a patient of fluctuating potassium or magnesium levels in the blood, or have low blood pressure, or a condition of irregular heart rate
  • If you have a history of kidney or liver disorder, enlarged prostate, glaucoma in the eyes
  • if you are on drugs to control seizures or if you have a low count of white blood cells

The medicine can be taken orally, with or without food, as directed by the doctor. You must avoid grapefruit juice during the period of treatment, along with abstinence from alcohol, smoking, tobacco, and caffeine.

The medicine may weaken the immune system of the body, dizziness, sleepiness or high fever. It is advised to avoid driving after a dosage of the medicine.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

  • Hypersensitivity

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    This medication may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medication may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Pimozide as ingredient

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This medication works as a dopamine antagonist with antipsychotic properties. Although the exact mechanism of action is unknown, it is believed that it works by binding to dopamine D2 receptors in the CNS thus inhibiting them and blocking dopamine neurotransmission.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    This medication interactions with the following medicines which includes CNS depressant drugs, hypnotics, sedatives or strong analgesics.

Ques: What is Pimozide?

Ans: This medication belongs to a group of antipsychotic drugs. It works by inhibiting the production of dopamine, which is a chemical occurring naturally in the brain.

Ques: How long do I need to use Pimozide before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Pimozide?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Pimozide empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken after food in a prescribed dosage.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Pimozide?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.
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About Pimozide
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