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Amisulpride (Oral dosage form)

Uses

An antipsychotic drug used for the treatment of acute and chronic schizophrenia.

IUPAC name: 4-amino-N-[(1-ethylpyrrolidin-2-yl)methyl]-5-ethylsulfonyl-2-methoxybenzamide

Drug class: Atypical antipsychotics

Route of administration: Oral

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Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

This medication works by regulating and restoring the activity of certain neurotransmitters (such as dopamine and serotonin) in the brain and helps to enhance thoughts, feelings, mood, and behavior. 

Side effects

It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headache, constipation, weight gain, dry mouth, insomnia, agitation, fatigue, involuntary movements, vision problems, salivation, lightheadedness, breast enlargement, and low blood pressure.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or to other antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs, or if you have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

If you have a history of leukemia (low white blood cell count), seizures (fits), obesity, trouble swallowing, breathing/lung problems (including sleep apnea, severe asthma, COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), liver disease, kidney disease, cardiac disease (arrhythmia, heart failure), Parkinson’s disease, low level of potassium in blood, stroke, dementia,

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.

It should not be given to children under 15 years of age.

Avoid abruptly discontinuing this medication without first talking to your doctor.

If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor. Using this drug in the last trimester of pregnancy is not recommended since it might harm the unborn child.

Use of this medication is not recommended while breastfeeding.

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