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Iloperidone

INFORMATION

Uses

Iloperidone is used in the treatment of schizophrenia (mental disorder in which patient interpret reality abnormally), mania (abnormally elevated mood) and suicidal behaviour.

How it works

Iloperidone works by modulating the action of certain chemical messengers in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Common side effects

Nausea, Nipple discharge, Absence of menstrual periods, Breast enlargement, Decreased sexual function, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Dry mouth, Hair loss, Decreased blood pressure, Increase in body weight, Nasal congestion, Sleepiness

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Expert advice

  • Avoid getting too cold, or becoming overheated or dehydrated as iloperidone may make you more sensitive to extreme temperature such as very hot or cold conditions.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to maintain hydration, especially in hot weather and during exercise.
  • Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position as you may feel dizzy while taking iloperidone. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
  • Do not start iloperidone if you have history of fits (seizures), stroke, paralysis or certain types of cancer (e.g. breast, pancreas or pituitary); reduced white blood cells (neutropenia) or count (leucopenia); low blood potassium or magnesium levels; high blood prolactin levels, heart, liver or kidney disease; diabetes, trouble in swallowing, memory disorder (dementia), Alzheimer disease (memory loss disorder), Parkinson disease (movement disorder), neuroleptic malignant syndrome (fever, altered mental status and muscle rigidity), suicidal thoughts.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as iloperidone may make you feel sleepy or dizzy.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking Iloperidone as it may worsen the side effects.

Frequently asked questions

Iloperidone

Q.What is iloperidone used for?
Iloperidone is used in adults to treat schizophrenia (psychiatric disorder with symptoms of emotional instability, detachment from reality, often with delusions and hallucinations, and withdrawal into the self).


Content on this page was last updated on 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)