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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking iloperidone (Fanapt)?
Iloperidone is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Iloperidone may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to iloperidone.
To make sure you can safely take iloperidone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category C. 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 iloperidone, do not stop taking it without your doctor's advice.
Do not start or stop taking iloperidone during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. The benefit of controlling your schizophrenia may outweigh any risks posed by taking iloperidone.
It is not known whether iloperidone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking iloperidone.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
How should I take iloperidone (Fanapt)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Iloperidone can be taken with or without food.
Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Iloperidone may cause you to have high blood sugar (hyperglycemia). Talk to your doctor if you have any signs of hyperglycemia such as increased thirst or urination, excessive hunger, or weakness. If you are diabetic, check your blood sugar levels on a regular basis while you are taking iloperidone.
If you have stopped taking iloperidone for any reason, talk with your doctor before you start taking it again. You may need to restart the medication at a lower dose.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, light, and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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