Take pimozide exactly as directed by your doctor to benefit your condition as much as possible. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are taking this medicine. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may change the amount of this medicine that is absorbed in the body.
It is best to take this medicine at bedtime.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For oral dosage form (tablets):
For Tourette's syndrome:
Adults—At first, 1 to 2 milligrams (mg) per day, taken in divided doses. Your doctor may increase your dose every other day as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 10 mg per day.
Children 12 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The starting dose is usually 0.05 milligram (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day. Your doctor may increase your dose after 3 days as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 10 mg per day.
Children younger than 12 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.