This drug is used to treat Tourette syndrome-related uncontrolled motions (motor tics) or eruptions of words/sounds (vocal tics). Pimozide is a medication that works within the brain by decreasing the effects of a natural substance called dopamine. Pimozide should never be used to treat minor scondition. It should only be used if symptoms create significant problems in daily living and other medications or treatments have failed.
How to take this medication?
Pimozide is available as an oral pill. It is typically taken at night or twice or more times per day. Every day, take pimozide at the same time(s). Follow the instructions on your medication label exactly, and ask your doctor or pharmacy to clarify any parts you don’t understand. Pimozide should be taken precisely as prescribed. Do not take more or less of it, or take it more frequently than your doctor has prescribed.
Your doctor will most likely put you on a low dose of pimozide and progressively raise it, no more than once every two or three days. Once your condition is under control, your doctor may reduce your dose. Tell your doctor how you are experiencing during your pimozide therapy.
Pimozide manages Tourette’s syndrome but does not eradicate it. It may take some time to experience the complete effects of pimozide. Even if you feel fine, keep taking pimozide. Do not discontinue pimozide without first consulting your doctor. If you cease taking pimozide abruptly, you may have trouble controlling your movements. Your doctor will most likely gradually reduce your dose.
Your doctor will probably start you on a modest dosage of pimozide and gradually increase it, no more than once every two or three days. Your doctor may decrease your dose once your situation is under control. Inform your doctor about your pimozide treatment side effects.
Pimozide treats but does not cure Tourette’s disease. It may take some time to feel the full benefits of pimozide. Continue taking pimozide even if you feel fine. Do not stop taking pimozide without contacting your doctor first. If you stop taking pimozide suddenly, you may have difficulty regulating your motions. Your dosage will most likely be progressively reduced by your doctor.
Side-Effects of this Medication
Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, blurred vision, tiredness, or weakness are all possible side effects. Inform your doctor or pharmacy right away if any of these consequences persist or worsen.
Dizziness and lightheadedness can raise the likelihood of an accident. When rising from a sitting or lying position, take your time.
This medication may induce muscle and nervous system issues. (extrapyramidal symptoms-EPS). To reduce these side effects, your doctor may recommend another drug. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following adverse effects: stiff muscles, extreme muscle spasms/cramping (such as rotating neck, arching back, eyes rolling up), restlessness/constant need to move, trembling (tremor), slow/shuffling walk, drooling/trouble eating, mask-like expression of the face.
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