Amisulpride is used to treat schizophrenia. It does not cure this condition, but is used to help ease the symptoms and help you on your recovery path. It can help improve symptoms such as the experience of hearing voices (hallucinations), ideas that distress you and don't seem to be based in reality (delusions), and difficulty in thinking clearly (thought disorder). Amisulpride belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. Read more about antipsychotic medicines.
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Key points about amisulpride
- Amisulpride is used to treat schizophrenia.
- Amisulpride is also called Sulprix.
- Find out how to take it safely and possible side effects.
In Aotearoa New Zealand amisulpride is available as tablets (100mg, 200mg and 400mg).
- The dose of amisulpride is different for different people, depending on your condition and your response to the medication. Doses range from 50 milligrams a day to 800 milligrams a day.
- Some people may require higher doses, up to 1,200 milligrams a day.
- Always take your amisulpride exactly as your doctor has told you. The pharmacy label on your medicine will tell you how much amisulpride to take, how often to take it and any special instructions.
- Depending on your dose, you can take amisulpride once a day (lower doses) or 2 times a day, in the morning and evening (for higher doses). Take your amisulpride dose at the same times each day. It is best to take your amisulpride dose before food.
- Swallow your tablets with a glass of water.
- If you forget to take your dose, take it as soon as you remember that day. But, if it is nearly time for your next dose, just take the next dose at the right time. Don't take double the dose.
- Keep taking amisulpride every day. It usually takes a few weeks to start working and it can take several months before you feel the full benefits. Don't stop taking amisulpride suddenly as your symptoms may return if stopped too early; talk to your doctor or nurse before stopping.
Here are some things to know when you're taking amisulpride. Other things may be important as well, so ask your healthcare provider what you should know about.
- Avoid alcohol while you are taking amisulpride, especially when you first start treatment. Alcohol can increase your risk of side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness.
- Amisulpride can interact with other medicines. Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all medicines you are taking including over the counter medicines, herbal and complementary medicines or recreational drugs.
- Amisulpride may cause changes in your blood glucose level, cholesterol level and heart function. Your doctor will check your physical health – you may need to have your weight and blood pressure (BP) measured regularly. You may also need blood tests to check your kidneys, liver, cholesterol and glucose levels.
- Women will need breast and bone density screening.
- Amisulpride is best avoided for people with certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, depression and diabetes. Contact your doctor if you have or develop any of these conditions while taking it.
- Contact your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding.
Like all medicines, amisulpride can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Often side effects improve as your body gets used to the new medicine.
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The following links have more information on amisulpride. Be aware that websites from other countries may contain information that differs from New Zealand recommendations.
- Med-ucation medication benefits & side effects(external link) Talking Minds, NZ
- Amisulpride(external link) Medsafe Consumer Information, NZ
- Amisulpride(external link) Patient Info, UK
Credits: Sandra Ponen, Pharmacist, Healthify He Puna Waiora. Healthify is brought to you by Health Navigator Charitable Trust.
Reviewed by: Angela Lambie, Pharmacist, Auckland
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