This medicine contains the active ingredient sulpiride which belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics (benzamides). These medicines affect the chemical balance in the brain by restoring it. Sulpiride is prescribed for the treatment of different mood disorders such as schizophrenia (you see, hear, feel things that do not exist, have strange and frightening thoughts, you are depressed and anxious, you cannot differentiate between fiction and reality).
Is Sulpiride suitable for me?
Sulpiride is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you have an allergy (hypersensitivity) to sulpiride or any other ingredient of this medicine
- if you have a tumor on the adrenal gland called ‘phaeochromocytoma’
- if you porphyria (blood disorder)
- if you have breast cancer or cancer in the pituitary gland
- if you are taking levodopa or ropinirole for parkinson’s disease
- if you have severe kidney, blood or liver problems
- if you have an alcohol-related illness
- if you have problems with nervous system
- if you have low numbers of some blood cells in your body due to bone marrow suppression
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have a heart condition or blood vessel disease
- have liver, kidney, or prostate problems
- suffer from mania
- have any problems with your breathing
- have had a stroke
- have low levels of potassium in your body (hypokalaemia)
- are elderly
- have a low number of white blood cells (agranulocytosis)
- have frequent infections
- have dementia
- have a tumor on your adrenal gland (a condition called phaeochromocytoma)
- have epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, raised pressure in your eye (glaucoma) or muscle weakness, called myasthenia gravis
Sulpiride interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Sulpiride?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet, capsule and oral solution.
You should take sulpiride exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. You will be prescribed a dose according to your condition and needs.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Sulpiride side effects?
Like all medicines sulpiride can cause side effects, including:
- abnormal production of breast milk in men and women
- weight gain
- painful breasts in men and women
- feeling drowsy or sleepy
- skin rashes
- breast enlargement in women
- loss of menstrual periods
- difficulty in getting or keeping an erection or in ejaculating (impotence)
- being unable to have an orgasm
- producing more saliva than usual
- movements that you cannot control, mainly of the tongue, mouth, jaw, arms and legs (dystonia)
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.