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Arkazid 2mg Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Arkazid 2mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of schizophrenia. It works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Arkazid 2mg Tablet is taken by mouth with or without food preferably before bedtime. It is advisable to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain consistent level of medicine in the body. Take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor and if you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to doctor as it may worsen your symptoms. Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you have any blood disorder or have history of fits (seizures), glaucoma, heart, liver, or lung disease. Your doctor may check heart function and level of electrolytes such as sodium and magnesium before you start treatment with this medicine and regularly thereafter.

Some common side effects of this medicine includes dryness in mouth, urinary retention, and constipation. Initially, this medicine may cause sudden drop in the blood pressure when you change positions, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. This medicine can lead to weight gain, eat a healthy balanced diet and exercise regularly to prevent it.

Uses of Arkazid Tablet

Side effects of Arkazid Tablet

Common
  • Sleepiness
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Abnormality of voluntary movements
  • Weight gain
  • Increased prolactin level in blood
  • Urinary retention
  • Constipation
  • Abnormal vision
  • Tremor

How to use Arkazid Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Arkazid 2mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Arkazid Tablet works

Arkazid 2mg Tablet is a typical antipsychotic. It works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
Arkazid 2mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Arkazid 2mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Arkazid 2mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Arkazid 2mg Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Arkazid 2mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Arkazid 2mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CAUTION
Arkazid 2mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Arkazid 2mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Take precautions as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (characterized by extreme body temperature, muscle rigidity, altered mental status) and tardive dyskinesia (disorder resulting in involuntary, repetitive body movements) has been reported with the long term use of pimozide.
  • If you have a history of a clinically significant low white blood cell or drug induced leukopenia/neutropenia (low white blood cell), you should have your complete blood count (CBC) monitored frequently during the first few months of therapy.
  • Use with caution if you are receiving anticonvulsant medication, with a history of seizures, or with EEG abnormalities.
  • Your blood electrolyte level (magnesium, potassium) should be regularly monitored.
  • Inform your doctor if you have heart problems or a history of irregular heartbeat, liver or kidney problems, a bowel obstruction, an enlarged prostate, or glaucoma, severe diarrhea, difficulty urinating, or high or low blood pressure.
  • Do not change your dose or stop taking pimozide, even if you are feeling well, as this may worsen your symptoms.
  • Use of pimozide may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision; it is advisable to avoid driving or operating heavy machinery under such circumstances till you feel fine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol when receiving treatment with pimozide, as it may worsen the side effects.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Arkazid with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Q. How does Arkazid work?

Arkazid is an antipsychotic that acts by altering the effect of a chemical (dopamine), thereby, decreasing abnormal activity in the brain.

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References
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