Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about AMIPRIDE.
It does not contain all of 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 taking AMIPRIDE against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about taking this medicine.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
What AMIPRIDE is used for
AMIPRIDE belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics.
AMIPRIDE is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a condition which can affect the way you think, feel and act. Schizophrenia may cause symptoms such as hallucinations (eg 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.
Your doctor may have prescribed AMIPRIDE for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why AMIPRIDE has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take it
When you must not take it
Do not take amisulpride if:
- you have an ALLERGIC REACTION to amisulpride or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include a skin rash, itching, shortness of breath or swelling of the face, lips or tongue.
- you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
- you are taking the following medicines
– medicines used to treat irregular heart rhythm such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone and sotalol
– antibiotics such as erythromycin and pentamidine, given as an injection into the veins
– levodopa, a medicine used in Parkinson's disease
– thioridazone, an antipsychotic
– methadone, medicine used to treat pain or addiction
- the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look quite right.
- the expiry date on the pack has passed.
Do not take amisulpride if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
- phaeochromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal glands which sit near the kidneys
- tumour of the pituitary gland, a small gland at the base of the brain
- breast cancer
- liver disease
amisulpride must not be taken by children up to the age of puberty.
There is limited information on the use of amisulpride in adolescents and its use is not recommended from puberty to the age of 18 years. If you are not yet 18 years of age, ask your doctor if amisulpride is right for you.
Before you start to take it
Your doctor must know about all the following before you start to take Amipride.
Tell your doctor if:
- you have had an allergic reaction to any medicine which you have taken previously to treat your current condition.
- you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Amipride. is not recommended for use in pregnancy. If you need to take Amipride during pregnancy you should discuss the benefits and risks of taking it with your doctor. Newborns of mothers who have taken Amipride during pregnancy need to be carefully monitored.
- you suffer from lactose intolerance because Amipride. tablets contain lactose.
- you have kidney or liver disease, Parkinson's disease or fits (seizures).
- you have problems with the heart and blood vessels.
- you have, or have a history of blood clots.
- you have hyperglycaemia (high sugar levels in the blood) or a family history of diabetes. Your doctor may recommend monitoring your blood sugar levels while you are taking Amipride.
- you suffer from dementia.
- you have 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.
- you have risk factors for stroke.
- you have a history, or family history, of breast cancer.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may be affected by AMIPRIDE, or may affect how well it works. 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
- stimulant laxatives
- diagnostics drugs such as tetracosactides
- medicines taken for anxiety or to help you sleep
- anaesthetics (a medicine 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
If you are unsure about any medicine you are taking, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist. They will have more information on medicines to be careful of while you are taking Amipride.
How to take AMIPRIDE
How much to take
The dose varies from patient to patient.
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets you need to take each day and when to take them. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets with a glass of water.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure what to do.
How long to take it for
To properly control your condition, AMIPRIDE must be taken every day.
Keep taking this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends.
Do not stop taking it, even if you feel better. It is very important to continue taking your medicine to help you stay well.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much AMIPRIDE. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you take too much AMIPRIDE, you may feel drowsy or have slurred speech.
While you are taking it
Things you must do
It is very important to continue taking Amipride because it will help you stay well.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Amipride.
While you are taking Amipride, tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start any new medicine. Make sure you use a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy during treatment with Amipride. If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to the nearest hospital, if you have any of the following suicidal thoughts or mental/mood changes:
- 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.
Things to be careful of
Amipride may cause drowsiness in some people.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Amipride affects you. 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. The effects of alcohol could be made worse while taking Amipride. It is NOT recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Amipride.
Be careful while taking antihistamines, sleeping tablets or tablets to relieve pain while taking this medicine. Amipride can increase drowsiness caused by medicines affecting your nervous system.
Things you must NOT do
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Amipride affects you.
Do not give Amipride to anyone else. Your doctor has prescribed it for you and your condition.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Amipride.
Like other medicines, amipride can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may need medical attention. Some of the side effects are dose related, so it is important that you never exceed your prescribed dose.
While you are taking Amipride
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- weight gain
- increased appetite
- dry mouth
- blurred vision
- problems with orgasm
These are the most common side effects of Amipride.
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 Amipride 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 amipride is lowered by your doctor or if your doctor prescribes you an additional medicine. High blood sugar has been reported in patients taking Amipride 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.
Some people experience increased sensitivity to the sun or notice symptoms of sunburn (such as redness, itching, swelling, blistering) which may occur more quickly than normal.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
- muscle twitching
- abnormal movements mainly of the face or tongue
- unexplained infections
- faster breathing
- muscle stiffness
- yellowing of the skin and eyes, also called jaundice
- light coloured bowel motions
- dark coloured urine
If this occurs, stop taking Amipride immediately and contact your doctor.
After prolonged use in women, medicines of this type can cause:
- breast pain
- milk secretion
- an absence of their monthly period
- changes 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.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms that worry you, even if you think the problems are not connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
After using AMIPRIDE
Keep your medicine 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.
Keep your tablets in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store this, or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
What it looks like
AMIPRIDE is a white to off white 18 x 8 mm capsule shaped, film coated tablet with a break line on one side.
Each pack contains 60 tablets.
The active ingredient in AMIPRIDE is amisulpride. Each AMIPRIDE tablet contains 400 mg of amisulpride.
The tablets also contain:
- lactose monohydrate
- sodium starch glycollate
- magnesium stearate
- microcrystalline cellulose
- Eudragit E100
- purified talc
- macrogol 6000
- titanium dioxide.
The tablets do not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Arrow Pharma Pty Ltd
15 – 17 Chapel Street
Cremorne VIC 3121
Australian registration number:
AMIPRIDE 400 – AUST R 140231
This leaflet was revised in September 2019.
Published by MIMS November 2019