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Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about amisulpride. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What this medicine is used for
Amisulpride belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics.
It is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a condition which affects the way you think, feel and/or act. Schizophrenia may cause symptoms such as hallucinations (e.g. hearing, seeing or sensing things which are not there), delusions, unusual suspiciousness, emotional and social withdrawal. People with schizophrenia may also feel depressed, anxious or tense.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
Before you take this medicine
When you must not take it
Do not take this medicine if you have an allergy to:
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not take this medicine if you are taking any of the following medicines:
medicines used to treat irregular heart rhythm such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone and sotalol
bepridil, used to treat angina
intravenous vincamine, used to increase blood flow to the brain
cisapride, used to treat stomach problems
halofantrine, used to treat malaria
antibiotics such as intravenous erythromycin, pentamidine and sparfloxacin
levodopa, used in Parkinson’s disease
antipsychotics such as thioridazine and sultopride
methadone, used to treat pain or addiction
Do not take this medicine if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
tumour of the pituitary gland, a small gland at the base of the brain
phaeochromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal glands which sits near the kidneys
Do not breastfeed if you are taking this medicine.
Amisulpride passes into human breast milk, and therefore should not be taken when breastfeeding.
Do not give this medicine to a child under the age of 18 years.
Safety and effectiveness in children younger than 18 years have not been established.
Do not take this medicine if the expiry date printed on the pack has passed, the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
fits or seizures
problems with the heart or blood vessels
risk factors for stroke
history of blood clots
suffer from dementia
a history or family history of breast cancer
a family history of hyperglycaemia (high sugar levels in the blood) or diabetes – your doctor may recommend monitoring your blood sugar levels while you are taking amisulpride tablets
mental/mood changes or suicidal thoughts. Patients (and caregivers of patients) need to monitor for any worsening of their condition and/or the development of thoughts of suicide, suicidal behaviour or thoughts of harming themselves. Seek medical advice immediately if these symptoms present
a history or are at risk of developing sleep apnoea
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved. Like most antipsychotic medicines, amisulpride is not recommended for use during pregnancy. There have been some reports of side effects such as shaking, muscle stiffness, breathing difficulty and problems feeding in newborn babies whose mothers have taken this type of medicine during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you suffer from lactose intolerance.
APO-Amisulpride tablets contain lactose.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking this medicine.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and amisulpride may interfere with each other. These include:
medicines used to treat irregular heart rhythm such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone and sotalol
other medicines used to treat heart problems such as diltiazem, verapamil, clonidine, digoxin and drugs known as beta blockers (e.g. propranolol)
intravenous amphotericin B, an anti-fungal given by injection into the veins
other antipsychotics such as thioridazine, clozapine, chlorpromazine, trifluperazine, pimozide, haloperidol, imipramine and lithium
diuretics, also known as water or fluid tablets
diagnostics drugs such as tetracosactides
medicines taken for anxiety or to help you sleep
anaesthetics, medicines used during surgery
medicines taken for depression
some strong pain killers
antihistamines, medicines to treat allergies, which cause drowsiness
some medicines taken to control blood pressure
These medicines may be affected by this medicine or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicines, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking this medicine.
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with amisulpride.
How to take this medicine
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ to the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.
When to take it
Take your medicine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Amisulpride should be taken preferably before meals.
How long to take it
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
This medicine helps to control your condition but does not cure it. It is important to keep taking your medicine even if you feel well.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with your doctor.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of experiencing side effects.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints to help you remember.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are taking this medicine
Things you must do
It is very important to continue taking amisulpride because it will help you stay well.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking this medicine.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
Make sure you use contraception to prevent pregnancy during treatment. If you become pregnant whilst taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to the nearest hospital, if you have suicidal thoughts, mental/mood changes or aggressive behaviour, including:
thoughts or talk of death or suicide
thoughts or talk of self-harm or harm to others
any recent attempts of self-harm
increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation
depressed mood or worsening of depression
Occasionally, the symptoms of depression may include thoughts of suicide or self-harm. These symptoms may continue to get worse during the early stages of treatment until the effect of the medicine becomes apparent. All mentions of suicide or violence must be taken seriously.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
It may interfere with the results of some tests.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine.
It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
Keep all of your doctor’s appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
Things you must not do
Do not take this medicine to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop taking your medicine or lower the dosage without checking with your doctor.
Things to be careful of
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Be careful if you are elderly or unwell.
Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness, which may increase the risk of a fall.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
The effects of alcohol could be made worse while taking this medicine. It is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
Be careful while taking antihistamines, sleeping tablets or tablets to relieve pain while taking this medicine.
Amisulpride can increase drowsiness caused by medicines affecting your nervous system.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking amisulpride.
This medicine helps most people with schizophrenia, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
weight gain, increased appetite
problems with orgasm
increases in blood pressure
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine.
Some people may feel dizzy in the early stages of treatment, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position.
This side effect usually passes after taking this medicine for a few days.
Sometimes trembling, noticeable muscle stiffness or spasm, slowness of movement, excess saliva, restlessness, an overwhelming urge to move and either distress or movements such as pacing, swinging of the legs while seated, rocking from foot to foot, or both can occur.
This will usually be reduced if your dose of this medicine is lowered by your doctor or if your doctor prescribes you an additional medicine.
High blood sugar has been reported in patients taking amisulpride.
Symptoms of high sugar levels in the blood include passing more urine than normal, persistent excessive thirst, increased appetite with a loss in weight and weakness.
After prolonged use in women, medicine of this type can cause:
an absence of their monthly period
change in the regularity of their periods
Tell your doctor if your monthly periods are absent for six months or more.
After prolonged use in men, medicines of this type can cause breast enlargement or impotence.
Incidences of abnormal liver function have been occasionally reported.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
sleepwalking or other related behaviours including sleep-related eating disorder
If you experience any of the following, contact your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
abnormal movements, mainly of the face or tongue
fever, unexplained infections
symptoms of low white blood cell count (leukopenia, neutropenia and agranulocytosis) including sudden fever, sore throat and sores in mouth and gums, sweating and chills
yellowing of the skin and eyes, also called jaundice
light coloured bowel motions
dark coloured urine
symptoms of an allergic reaction including cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
Some of these side effects, such as leukopenia, can only be found when your doctor does tests from time to time to check your progress.
Storage and Presentation
Keep your tablets in the pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the pack, they may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
What APO-Amisulpride looks like
Amisulpride 50 mg tablets – white to off-white 6.0mm, round, bi-convex tablets with breakline on one side. AUST R 178900.
Amisulpride 100 mg tablets – white to off-white 8.0mm, round, flat tablets with breakline on one side. AUST R 178904.
Amisulpride 200 mg tablets – white to off-white 11.0mm, round, flat tablets with breakline on one side. AUST R 178902.
Amisulpride 400 mg tablets – white to off-white, 18 x 8mm capsule shaped, film-coated tablets with breakline on one side. AUST R 178898.
Available in blister packs of 30, 50, 60, 90 or 100 tablets
*Not all strengths and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains 50, 100, 200 or 400 mg of amisulpride as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following:
sodium starch glycollate (type A)
The 400 mg tablets also contain:
basic butylated methacrylate copolymer
This medicine is free from gluten, sucrose, tartrazine and other azo dyes.
Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue
Tel: (02) 8877 8333
APO and APOTEX are registered trademarks of Apotex Inc.
This leaflet was prepared in December 2019.
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