PIMOZIDE (PI moe zide) helps to reduce the muscle and speech tics that are caused by Tourette's syndrome.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
an unusual or allergic reaction to pimozide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. 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.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
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.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain macrolide antibiotics like clarithromycin, dirithromycin, erythromycin
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole, itraconazole, posaconazole, and voriconazole
medicines used to treat ADHD like amphetamine, dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate
phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
some medicines for HIV
some medicines for treating heart-rhythm problems
some medicines for treating depression or other mental illness such as citalopram, escitalopram, paroxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, and nefazodone
some quinolone antibiotics
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
barbiturates, like phenobarbital
medicines for sleep or anxiety
medicines for treating seizures
some medicines for treating asthma
some medicines for treating pain
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. 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.
Do not drink grapefruit juice products while taking this medicine. This can increase the chance of developing serious heart problems.
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.
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
change in emotion or behavior such as feeling depressed, angry, or anxious
fast, slow or irregular heartbeat
fever or chills, sore throat
inability to control muscle movements in the face, hands, arms, or legs
loss of balance or difficulty walking
spasms of the face, tongue, or mouth
tremors or trembling
uncontrollable tongue or mouth movements
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
dizziness; especially on standing from a sitting or lying position
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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.