What is Iloperidone used for?
Iloperidone is a psychiatric medication indicated for the acute treatment of schizophrenia (mental/mood disorder) in adults. Iloperidone belongs to a group of drugs called atypical antipsychotics. Iloperidone helps decrease the symptoms of schizophrenia, including hallucinations, delusions and disorganized thinking/speech.
Iloperidone works by restoring the balance of certain natural substances (such as dopamine and serotonin) in the brain. Iloperidone may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Iloperidone?
The dosage of Iloperidone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Iloperidone tablets with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Iloperidone?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Iloperidone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Iloperidone?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Iloperidone, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Iloperidone may include drowsiness, rapid heart rate and lightheadedness.
What other drug(s) could interact with Iloperidone?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Iloperidone. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned medicines.
Iloperidone can interact with the following types of medicines: other psychiatric disorder medicines, cancer medicines, sleep medicines, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, azole antifungals, macrolide antibiotics, anticholinergic drugs, HIV drugs, heart rhythm medicines, and migraine headache medicines.
Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are taken together. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Iloperidone. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Iloperidone?
Like other medicines, Iloperidone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Iloperidone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Iloperidone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Iloperidone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Iloperidone can cause side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, weight gain, fatigue, dry mouth, fast heart rate, stuffy nose, changes in menstrual periods, nasal congestion and orthostatic hypotension. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Iloperidone.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Iloperidone?
Is it possible for me to take Iloperidone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Iloperidone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Iloperidone?
How will Iloperidone work in my body?
How should Iloperidone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Iloperidone drug interactions and side effects?
What should you tell your doctor before taking Iloperidone?
Before taking Iloperidone, make sure to tell your doctor if you have
- liver or kidney disease
- heart disease (such as heart rhythm problems, heart attack)
- breast cancer
- low white blood cell counts
- trouble swallowing
- an electrolyte imbalance (low potassium or magnesium levels in your blood)
What other important information should you know about Iloperidone?
- It is important that elderly patients tell their doctor if they are suffering from dementia-related psychosis.
- Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
- Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Iloperidone, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while on treatment with Iloperidone.
- Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated.
- Do not get up too fast from a sitting or lying position.
- Iloperidone may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Iloperidone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.