Dosing schedule (How to take this medicine)
- Your dosing schedule prescribed by your doctor is (( to be written by a healthcare professional))
- For schizophrenia: In general, for adults, start with taking 0.6 to 1.2 g (6 to 12 mg of the active ingredient) daily at one time or in two divided doses, then take 0.6 to 2.4 g (6 to 24 mg) daily at one time or in two divided doses as a maintenance dose. The dosage may be adjusted according to age and symptoms. However, the daily dose should not exceed 3.0 g (30 mg).
For improvement of manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder: In general, for adults, take 1.2 to 2.4 g (12 to 24 mg of the active ingredient) at one time, once daily. The starting dose is determined as 2.4 g (24 mg), and the dosage may be adjusted according to age and symptoms. However, the daily dose should not exceed 3.0 g (30 mg).
In any case, strictly follow the instructions.
- If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and follow your regular dosing schedule. You should never take two doses at one time.
- If you accidentally take more than your prescribed dose, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
- Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor instructs you to do so.
Possible adverse reactions to this medicine
The most commonly reported adverse reactions include insomnia, nervousness, anxiety, somnolence, dizziness, headache, akathisia (inability to sit still), tremor, salivation (excess saliva), akinesia (small movements of facial expression), dystonia (abnormal muscle tone), articulatory disorder, muscle rigidity, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, bulimia, dry mouth, increased body weight, decreased body weight, malaise, lassitude, fever and increased sweat. If any of these symptoms occur, consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
The symptoms described below are rarely seen as initial symptoms of the adverse reactions indicated in brackets. If any of these symptoms occur, stop taking this medicine and see your doctor immediately.
- acute onset of fever, rapid pulse, muscle stiffness [neuroleptic malignant syndrome]
- continuous chewing-like movements of the mouth with tongue movements or protrusion and retraction [tardive dyskinesia]
- loss of appetite, nausea, severe constipation [paralytic ileus]
- rash, itch, respiratory distress [anaphylaxis]
- muscle pain, lassitude, reddish-brown urine [rhabdomyolysis]
The above symptoms do not describe all the adverse reactions to this medicine. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any symptoms of concern other than those listed above.