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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Sulpiride Tablets 200 mg & 400 mg
(sulpiride)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1.
What Sulpiride is and what it is used for
2.
Before you take Sulpiride
3.
How to take Sulpiride
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Sulpiride
6.
Further information
1.

WHAT SULPIRIDE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Sulpiride belongs to a group of medicines called benzamides. These act on the brain
to reduce abnormal behaviour.
Sulpiride is used for treating schizophrenia. Symptoms can include sensing, seeing or
hearing things that do not exist, becoming withdrawn and having mistaken beliefs or
suspicions.

2.

BEFORE YOU TAKE SULPIRIDE

Do not take Sulpiride and tell your doctor if you
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to sulpiride or any of the other ingredients in these
tablets. The signs of an allergic reaction include a rash, itching or shortness of
breath
• have high blood pressure due to a growth on your adrenal glands
(phaeochromocytoma)
• have porphyria, which is a problem with your metabolism which can cause skin
blisters, pain in and around your stomach (abdomen) and brain or nervous
system problems
• have ever had breast cancer or a type of brain tumour called ‘pituitary
prolactinoma’
• are taking a medicine called Levodopa (see “Taking other medicines”)
• suffer from CNS depression – a condition where the activity of your central
nervous system is reduced. Symptoms include feeling sleepy and uncoordinated,
staggering, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reflexes and breathing,

unconsciousness and coma. Drugs called ‘depressants’ most often cause this.
These include alcohol, barbiturates, opioids, anticonvulsants and anaesthetics.

Take special care with Sulpiride
Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you: • have ‘hypomania’. These are
mood swings that may show as excitability, anger, irritability, and a lower need for
sleep • have heart problems. If you or members of your family suffer from heart
problems, your doctor may carry out some tests on your heart and blood before giving
you Sulpiride • have epilepsy • have Parkinson’s disease • suffer from kidney
problems • suffer from depression • suffer from extreme muscular weakness
(myasthenia gravis) • have an enlarged prostate gland (prostatic hypertrophy) • are
susceptible to glaucoma (loss of vision caused by raised pressure in the eye) • have
breathing difficulties • have yellowing of the skin and/or whites of the eyes (jaundice)
• are elderly and experience dizziness, light-headedness or fainting upon standing
(postural hypotension) • If you or someone else in your family has a history of blood
clots, as medicines like these have been associated with formation of blood clots.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any
other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including
herbal medicines. This is because Sulpiride can affect the way some other medicines
work. Also, some medicines can affect the way that Sulpiride works.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
• Levodopa, used to treat Parkinson’s disease (sometimes this is called L-dopa).
You must not take this at the same time as Sulpiride (see ‘Do not take
Sulpiride’ above)
• to treat high blood pressure or migraine such as beta-blockers clonidine or
diuretics (‘water’ tablets)
• usedto treat abnormal heart rhythms (quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone,
sotalol) or angina (diltiazem, verapamil) and other heart problems (digoxin)
• sucralfate, cisapride and antacids used to treat stomach problems
• lithium, used to treat depression
• used to treat epilepsy
• steroids such as prednisolone, dexamethasone and tetracosactide
• to treat infections such as erythromycin or amphotericin B that are injected
into a vein or pentamidine that is breathed in or given by injection
• ropinirole, used to treat Parkinson’s disease
• medicines used to treat mental or emotional problems such as pimozide,
thioridazine, haloperidol or imipramine.
• sedatives (sleeping tablets)
• sedating antihistamines
• strong painkillers
• laxatives

Taking Sulpiride with food and drink
Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine. This is because Sulpiride can make
you drowsy and alcohol will make you even more drowsy.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, planning to
become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
The following symptoms may occur in newborn babies, of mothers that have used
sulpiride in the last trimester (last three months of their pregnancy): shaking, muscle
stiffness and/or weakness, sleepiness, agitation, breathing problems, and difficulty in
feeding. If your baby develops any of these symptoms you may need to contact your
doctor.
Driving and using machines
Sulpiride may make you drowsy or less alert to your surroundings. If this happens to
you, do not drive or use machinery.

3.

HOW TO TAKE Sulpiride

Always take Sulpiride exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Sulpiride Tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water.
Adults (including Elderly)
Your doctor will start you on a dose of 200 mg to 400 mg twice a day (usually
morning and early evening). Depending of your response to the treatment, he may
reduce the dose or increase it to a maximum of 1200 mg twice a day.
Patient with kidney problems
Your doctor may lower the dose in this case.
Children
This medicine must not be given to children under the age of 14.

If you take more Sulpiride than you should
Talk to a doctor or go to a hospital immediately. Take the pack of medicine and any
remaining tablets with you so the doctor knows what you have taken. Symptoms of
overdose include agitation, confusion, uncontrollable movements, low blood pressure,
clouding of consciousness and coma.

If you forget to take Sulpiride
If you forget to take a dose, skip the missed dose and then go on as before. Do not
take a double dose (two doses at the same time) to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Sulpiride
Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine as this may cause side effects such as
nausea, vomiting, insomnia, sweating and involuntary movement disorders; or the
symptoms of your disease may come back. Speak to your doctor first, he may lower
your dose gradually.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Sulpiride can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. Elderly patients are more likely to suffer side effects with Sulpiride.
Stop taking this medicine and see a doctor straight away if you have any of the
following:
• signs of an allergic reaction: skin rash, flaking skin, boils or sore lips and
mouth, sudden wheeziness, fluttering or tightness of the chest or collapse
• unusually fast heartbeats and sweating
• over heating, muscle stiffness, change in consciousness leading to coma.
Other side effects are:
• changes in the rhythm of your heart
• muscle spasms, jerky movements, of your hands or feet, unusual facial
movements, shaking or a large amount of saliva in your mouth
• liver problems shown by jaundice (yellowing of your skin and whites of the
eyes), feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting), swelling in your upper
abdomen,
• feeling more agitated and restless
• having fits (more likely to happen in epileptic patients)
• feeling dizzy when standing up.
• feeling sleepy or drowsy
• unable to sleep
• swelling and breast pain (men or women) and leaking of milk from breasts in
women
• irregular or absent menstrual periods
• difficulty achieving orgasm
• impotence
• weight gain.




in elderly people with dementia, a small increase in the number of deaths has
been reported for patients taking antipsychotics compared with those not
receiving antipsychotics.
blood clots in the veins especially in the legs (symptoms include swelling,
pain and redness in the leg), which may travel through the blood vessels to the
lungs causing chest pain and difficulty in breathing. If you notice any of these
symptoms seek medical advice immediately.

If any side effect gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5.

HOW TO STORE Sulpiride

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Sulpiride after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.

6.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What Sulpiride contains
The active substance is sulpiride. Each tablet contains 200 mg or 400 mg of sulpiride.
The other ingredients are maize starch, anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate,
microcrystalline cellulose, hydroxypropylcellulose and sodium starch glycollate.
What Sulpiride looks like and contents of the pack
The 200 mg tablet is a white, round tablet with “SD/200” on one side and “G” on the
other.
The 400 mg tablet is a white, oblong tablet with “SD/400” on one side and “G” on the
other.
Sulpiride Tablets are available in plastic bottles and blister packs containing 10, 12,
15, 20, 24, 28, 30, 50, 56, 60, 84, 96, 100, 112 or 150 tablets. Not all pack sizes may
be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Generics (UK) Limited, Station Close, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 1TL

This leaflet was last approved in {11/2011}.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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