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Moban

Generic Name: molindone (MOE lin done)
Brand Name: Moban

Medically reviewed: March 7, 2017

What is Moban?

Moban is an antipsychotic medicine that affects the actions of chemicals in your brain.

Moban is used to treat schizophrenia.

Moban may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use Moban if you have decreased alertness caused by taking certain medications or drinking alcohol.

Moban is not approved for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. This medicine may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Moban if you are allergic to it, or:

  • if you have decreased alertness caused by taking certain medications or drinking alcohol.

Moban is not approved for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. This medicine may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.

To make sure Moban is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;

  • a history of low white blood cell (WBC) counts;

  • urination problems; or

  • a history of breast cancer.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Taking antipsychotic medication during the last 3 months of pregnancy may cause problems in the newborn, such as withdrawal symptoms, breathing problems, feeding problems, fussiness, tremors, and limp or stiff muscles. However, you may have withdrawal symptoms or other problems if you stop taking your medicine during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking Moban, do not stop taking it without your doctor's advice.

It is not known whether Moban passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take Moban?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

You may not start feeling better right away when you start taking Moban. For best results, keep using the medication as directed.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Moban?

Do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.

Moban may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or you may feel dizzy. Dizziness or severe drowsiness can cause falls, fractures, or other injuries.

Moban side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

High doses or long-term use of Moban can cause a serious movement disorder that may not be reversible. Symptoms of this disorder include uncontrollable muscle movements of your lips, tongue, eyes, face, arms, or legs. The longer you take this medicine, the more likely you are to develop a serious movement disorder. The risk of this side effect is higher in women and older adults.

Stop using Moban and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • tremor (uncontrolled shaking);

  • trouble breathing or swallowing;

  • a seizure (convulsions);

  • restless muscle movements in your face or neck;

  • severe nervous system reaction--very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out; or

  • low white blood cell counts--sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, red or swollen gums, painful mouth sores, pain when swallowing, skin sores, cold or flu symptoms, cough.

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;

  • fast heart rate, feeling restless or nevous, being unable to sit still;

  • blurred vision;

  • dry mouth;

  • little or no urination;

  • nausea, constipation;

  • breast swelling or discharge;

  • impotence, sexual problems; or

  • changes in your menstrual periods.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Moban?

Taking Moban with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with molindone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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