Amisulpride (Solian)

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Overview: Amisulpride, known by the brand name Solian, is an antipsychotic of the Atypical class – the most frequently used class of antipsychotics. Amisulpride is used to treat Psychosis – mainly Schizophrenia. Amisulpride has helped many people control their symptoms, and is regarded as one of the most effective antipsychotics in treating Schizophrenia. Amisulpride is only available on prescription.

 

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Key Facts: It will take around four to six weeks for a patient to feel the full benefits of Amisulpride. However, anxiety should lessen rapidly upon consumption of the drug. There are some side effects to Amisulpride, as mentioned below. Amisulpride should be used without interruption – you shouldn’t suddenly stop taking the medicine. The medicine should help control your symptoms.

 

How do they work?: Antipsychotics cannot help cure mental health conditions, but they are usually effective in reducing and controlling some of the symptoms associated with these conditions. These symptoms can include delusions and hallucinations, disturbed thoughts, agitation, mania and violence. The medication works by blocking the action of dopamine. It is believed psychotic episodes are caused by the brain producing too much of the chemical dopamine. The medication also regulates levels of other chemicals that are responsible for regulating mood – such as noradrenaline and serotonin. It is recommended that Amisulpride is used in conjunction with therapy.

 

Dosage: You should always take Amisulpride tablets just before a meal – swallow them with a glass of water. The normal dose for an adult can be anywhere from 100mg to 800mg per day. Doses up to 300mg can be taken in one go. However, for doses above 300mg, it is advised to take the dosage in two sittings. The maximum dose of Amisulpride per day is 1200mg. It can take some time to find the correct dose. There is no set duration of treatment for Amisulpride, with the course differing from patient to patient, dependent on circumstance and symptoms.

 

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Side Effects

With each box of Amisulpride, there will be an information leaflet enclosed. This will provide an exhaustive list of side effects. Side effects from Amisulpride can last any length of time from just a few days to permanent changes. It is natural to experience some side effects as your body gets used to the medication.

 

Common side effects of Amisulpride include restlessness, shaking, muscle spasms, drowsiness, breast milk production in women and men, breast enlargement in men, sleepiness, insomnia, increased saliva or dry mouth, nausea, anxiety and weight gain.

 

Serious side effects include suicidal thinking, chest pain, movement disorders, seizures, jaundice, swelling, difficulty in breathing, abnormally fast heartbeat, stiff muscles, blood clots or any allergic reaction. An overdose should be avoided. You should contact your doctor if any of these serious side effects take place.

 

 

Cautions

You should always read the information leaflet that comes with your medication as it will include important information there. You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication. You shouldn’t use any other antipsychotic medication with Amisulpride. Do not use any antipsychotic with Tricyclic Antidepressants. Just some of the medicines that can interact unpredictably with Amisulpride include malaria medicines, medicines for high blood pressure, painkillers, anaesthetics, sedatives and benzodiazepines.

 

DO NOT use Amisulpride with the Parkinson’s disease medicine Levodopa, or any ‘dopamine antagonist’ drugs.

 

Exert caution when using Amisulpride if you have liver or kidney problems, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, convulsions, a history of blood clots in your family, a low white blood cell count or a history of breast cancer in your family.

 

Do not drink alcohol when taking Amisulpride. The two combined can cause intense side effects. Combining Amisulpride with recreational drugs is also not recommended.

 

Amisulpride is not recommended in pregnancy or the breastfeeding stage. It is believed that Amisulpride can cause withdrawal symptoms in breastfed babies.

 

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