Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Sulpiride exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Sulpiride for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Do not be discouraged if you do not feel better soon after taking the medicine. Sulpiride must be taken regularly for it to work properly.
Do not stop taking Sulpiride unless your doctor has decided that you can stop. If Sulpiride is stopped suddenly, you may feel unwell or your condition may worsen. When your doctor decides that you do not need Sulpiride anymore, he will usually reduce your dose slowly. Follow the doctor's instructions carefully.
You may take Sulpiride with or without food. Try to take it at the same time every day.
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. Do not cut, chew or crush the tablet.
If you have been given oral liquid, use the measuring spoon to measure out your prescribed dose. Shake the liquid well before use.
Always keep your appointments with your doctor so that he will be able to monitor your response to Sulpiride.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Sulpiride.
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- liver problems
- severe high blood pressure
- myasthenia gravis (a condition where muscles become weak and tire easily)
- low blood levels of potassium, calcium and magnesium
- enlarged prostate gland
- glaucoma (high pressure in the eye accompanied by pain and blurred vision)
- mania (mood swings that may show overactivity, elation or irritability
- epilepsy (fits) or had a history of epilepsy
- kidney problems
- blood clots or family history of blood clots
- blood dyscrasia (a disease of the blood with a reduced number of red or white blood cells or platelets)
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take Sulpiride and alert your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
- phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumour of the adrenal gland, which sits near the kidney)
- porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder)
- breast cancer or a certain type of tumour called pituitary prolactinoma
- bone marrow suppression (reduced number of red or white blood cells in your body)
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Sulpiride is used to treat schizophrenia. It helps to relieve symptoms common in schizophrenia, such as distorted thinking and emotional instability.
Sulpiride is also used to treat Tourette's syndrome (a condition characterised by uncontrolled speech and body movements), anxiety, depression, vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation) and benign peptic ulceration (stomach ulcer).
What side effects could I experience?
Sulpiride may make you dizzy and drowsy. Do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert. You may experience dizziness when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking Sulpiride for the first time. This is common and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine.
Side effects while being treated with Sulpiride may include:
- difficulty sleeping
- feeling depressed
- breast swelling, pain or secretion
- irregular or absent periods
- changes in sexual drive
- weight gain
- blocked nose
- dry mouth
- difficulty in passing urine
- excessive sweating
- skin rash
Alert your doctor if any of these side effects are severe or refuse to go away.
Other side effects are less common but may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- difficulty breathing or wheezing
- uncontrolled muscle movements of your body, face or tongue, such as lip smacking or worm-like movements of the tongue
- muscle stiffness or spasm with excessive sweating
- uncontrollable urge to move constantly or an inability to sit still
- excessive drowsiness, dizziness or if you faint
- unexplained fever
- confusion or disorientation
- rapid rise in your body temperature or an inability to cool down on a hot day
- swelling, redness or pain of the lower leg
- fits or convulsions
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
- fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, or other signs of infection
Sulpiride may make you sensitive to sunlight. Avoid skin exposure to sunlight and use sunscreen when out in the sun.
Alert your doctor if you experience any other side effects while being treated with Sulpiride.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- antibiotics such as erythromycin
- heart medicines such as amiodarone, sotalol, disopyramide
- medicines used to treat depression such as fluoxetine and lithium
- other medicines used to treat mental or emotional problems such as droperidol, pimozide, haloperidol
- stomach ulcer medicines such as sucralfate, cisapride and antacids
- Parkinsonâ€™s disease medicines such as levodopa
- steroid medicines such as prednisone, dexamethasone
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.