What is this medicine?
PIMOZIDE (PI moe zide) helps to reduce the muscle and speech tics that are caused by Tourette's syndrome.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- Parkinson's disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to pimozide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
- breast- feeding
How should I use this medicine?
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.
What if I miss a dose?
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.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- arsenic trioxide
- certain macrolide antibiotics like clarithromycin, dirithromycin, erythromycin
- dalfopristin; quinupristin
- grapefruit juice
- local anesthetics
- 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
- sodium phosphates
- 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
- isoniazid (INH)
- medicines for sleep or anxiety
- medicines for treating seizures
- pain relievers
- some medicines for treating asthma
- some medicines for treating pain