Sulpiride - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Sulpiride is used to treat and relieve symptoms common in schizophrenia (brain disorder which results to hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behaviour).

Sulpiride is also used to treat Tourette's syndrome (a condition characterised by uncontrolled speech and body movements), anxiety, depression, vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation) and benign peptic ulceration (stomach ulcer).
How do I take this medicine?
Take Sulpiride exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Sulpiride with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

If you are taking the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water.

If you are taking the oral liquid, use a measuring spoon to measure out your prescribed dose. Shake the liquid well before use.

Sulpiride must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor or pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Sulpiride is not suitable for patients with dementia-related psychosis.

Alert your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

- phaeochromocytoma (a rare tumour of the adrenal gland, which sits near the kidney)
- porphyria (a rare blood pigment disorder)
- breast cancer or a certain type of tumour called pituitary prolactinoma
- bone marrow suppression (reduced number of red or white blood cells in your body)
as Sulpiride may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Sulpiride with Levodopa (medicine to treat Parkinson's disease).
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- heart disease
- Parkinson's disease
- epilepsy (fits or seizures) or had a history of epilepsy
- kidney problems
- blood disorders
- stroke or history of stroke

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
What side effects could I experience?
Sulpiride may cause dizziness and drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

You may also experience dizziness when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking Sulpiride for the first time. This is common and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.

Other side effects include any of the following: difficulty sleeping, blurred vision, feeling depressed, breast swelling, pain or secretion, irregular or absent periods, changes in sexual drive, weight gain, blocked nose, dry mouth, constipation, difficulty in passing urine, excessive sweating, skin rash.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

- fast or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- muscle stiffness, unexplained high fever
- uncontrolled muscle movements of your body or face, such as sticking out of the tongue, smacking of the lips

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Do not take Sulpiride with Levodopa (medicine to treat Parkinson's disease).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- antibiotics e.g. erythromycin
- medicines to treat heart disease e.g. quinidine, amiodarone, sotalol, disopyramide
- medicines used to treat depression e.g. fluoxetine, amitriptyline, lithium
- medicines to treat high blood pressure e.g. diltiazem, verapamil
- other medicines used to treat mental or emotional problems e.g. pimozide, haloperidol, thioridazine
- other medicines used to treat Parkinson's e.g. ropinirole
- medicine to treat malaria e.g. halofantrine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Sulpiride.

Sulpiride must not be taken together with antacids. If you must take antacids, take them at least 2 hours after you have taken Sulpiride.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on sulpiride - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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