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Prescription required. May be split. Product of India. Shipped from Mauritius.
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(pi' moe zide)Studies have shown that older adults with dementia (a brain disorder that affects the ability to remember, think clearly, communicate, and perform daily activities and that may cause changes in mood and personality) who take antipsychotics (medications for mental illness) such as pimozide have an increased chance of death during treatment.
Before taking pimozide,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to pimozide, other medications for mental illness, or any other medications.
- tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications: certain antibiotics including azithromycin (Zithromax, Z-Pak), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin), and moxifloxacin (Avelox); antifungals such as itraconazole (Sporanox) and ketoconazole (Nizoral); arsenic trioxide (Trisenox); dofetilide (Tikosyn); chlorpromazine; dolasetron (Anzemet); droperidol (Inapsine); HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), saquinavir (Invirase), and ritonavir (Norvir, in Kaletra); medications for irregular heartbeat such as amiodarone (Cordarone), disopyramide (Norpace), procainamide, quinidine, and sotalol (Betapace); medications for mental illness and nausea; mefloquine (Lariam); nefazadone; pentamidine (Nebu-Pent); certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), and sertraline (Zoloft); tacrolimus (Prograf); thioridazine; zileuton (Zyflo); and ziprasidone (Geodon). Your doctor may tell you not to take pimozide.
- tell your doctor if you are taking medications that may cause tics, including amphetamines such as amphetamine (Adderall) and dextroamphetamine (Dexadrine, Dextrostat); pemoline (Cylert) (not available in the US); and methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking your medication for a while before you start taking pimozide. This will let your doctor see if your tics were caused by the other medication and can be treated by stopping it.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antidepressants; cimetidine (Tagamet); diuretics ('water pills'); medications for anxiety, pain, and seizures; sedatives; sleeping pills; ticlopidine (Ticlid); and tranquilizers. Many other medications may interact with pimozide, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those not listed here or on the lists above. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had long QT syndrome (condition that increases the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat that may cause loss of consciousness or sudden death); an irregular heartbeat; or low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood. Also tell your doctor if you have severe diarrhea before your treatment or at any time during your treatment. Your doctor may tell you not to take pimozide.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had breast cancer; Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance); glaucoma (condition in which increased pressure in the eye can lead to gradual loss of vision); problems with urination; trouble keeping your balance, an abnormal electroencephalogram (EEG; test that records electrical activity in the brain); seizures; or prostate, liver, or kidney disease. Also tell your doctor if you have ever had to stop taking a medication for mental illness due to severe side effects.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, or if you plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking pimozide, call your doctor. Pimozide may cause problems in newborns following delivery if it is taken during the last months of pregnancy.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking pimozide.
- you should know that pimozide may make you drowsy and may affect your thinking and movements, especially at the beginning of your treatment. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
- you should know that pimozide may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and fainting when you get up too quickly from a lying position. To avoid this problem, get out of bed slowly, resting your feet on the floor for a few minutes before standing up.
- ask your doctor about the safe use of alcohol during your treatment with pimozide. Alcohol can make the side effects of pimozide worse.
- dizziness, feeling unsteady, or having trouble keeping your balance
- dry mouth
- increased saliva
- unusual hunger or thirst
- changes in posture
- changes in behavior
- difficulty tasting food
- sensitivity to light
- changes in vision
- decreased sexual ability in men
- blank facial expression
- shuffling walk
- unusual, slowed, or uncontrollable movements of any part of the body
- speech problems
- changes in handwriting
- muscle stiffness
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- neck cramps
- tightness in the throat
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- tongue that sticks out of the mouth
- fine, worm-like tongue movements
- uncontrollable, rhythmic face, mouth, or jaw movements
The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Patients should not use the information presented on this page for diagnosing a health-related issue or disease. Before taking any medication or supplements, patients should always consult a physician or qualified healthcare professional for medical advice or information about whether a drug is safe, appropriate or effective.