This medication is an atypical antipsychotic, prescribed for schizophrenia. It works by changing the activity of certain natural substances in the brain.
Contraindicated in patients who are taking carbamazepine, clarithromycin, efavirenz, certain HIV protease inhibitors, itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, nevirapine, phenobarbital, primidone, St. John's wort, telithromycin, or voriconazole, and known hypersensitivity.
PO- The recommended starting dose is 40 mg once daily.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with a meal (at least 350 calories) once a day.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of Alzheimer disease, dementia, Parkinson disease, trouble in swallowing, cancer, dehydration, alcoholism, heart, kidney, or liver impairment, seizures, high or low blood pressure, high cholesterol, high or low blood pressure, any allergy, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery and get up slowly from bed while taking this medication.
• Avoid alcohol consumption.
• It may raise blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly.
• Patient may develop with mental or mood changes; watch them carefully.
• Most Common :
Drowsiness, unpleasant sensations, nausea, parkinsonism and agitation.
• Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting, indigestion and increased salivation.
• General : Fatigue.
• Musculoskeletal : Back pain.
• Central Nervous System : Dizziness, sleeplessness, anxiety, and restlessness.
Avoid excess dosage.
Store it at room temperature (25°C).
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