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molindone

Pronunciation: MOE lin done

Brand: Moban

What is the most important information I should know about molindone?

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Molindone is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Molindone 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 molindone, or if you have decreased alertness caused by taking certain medications or drinking alcohol.

Call your doctor at once if you have restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.

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Molindone may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

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Avoid drinking alcohol. You should not take molindone if you are under the effects of alcohol.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Molindone can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heat stroke.

What is molindone?

Molindone is an antipsychotic medication. It affects the actions of chemicals in your brain.

Molindone is used to treat schizophrenia.

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

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking molindone?

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Molindone is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Molindone may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to molindone, or if you have decreased alertness caused by taking certain medications or drinking alcohol.

To make sure you can safely take molindone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
  • a history of low white blood cell (WBC) counts;
  • urination problems; or
  • a history of breast cancer.
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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 molindone, do not stop taking it without your doctor's advice.

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It is not known whether molindone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take molindone?

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.

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Take molindone with a full glass of water.

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You may not start feeling better right away when you start taking molindone. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve during treatment.

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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?

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

Overdose symptoms may include drowsiness, dizziness, muscle stiffness or twitching, increased salivation, trouble swallowing, fainting, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking molindone?

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Molindone may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

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Avoid drinking alcohol. You should not take molindone if you are under the effects of alcohol.

Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather. Molindone can decrease perspiration and you may be more prone to heat stroke.

What are the possible side effects of molindone?

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

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Stop taking molindone and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out;
  • restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
  • tremor (uncontrolled shaking);
  • trouble swallowing;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • severe constipation; or
  • urinating less than usual or not at all.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness or drowsiness;
  • depressed mood;
  • feeling restless or agitated;
  • blurred vision;
  • dry mouth;
  • breast swelling or discharge;
  • changes in your menstrual periods;
  • nausea, constipation; or
  • changes in weight.

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.

What other drugs will affect molindone?

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Before using molindone, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). You should not take molindone if you have drowsiness caused by other medications.

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:

  • phenytoin (Dilantin);
  • chloral hydrate (Somnote);
  • a barbiturate such as butabarbital (Butisol), secobarbital (Seconal), pentobarbital (Nembutal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton); or
  • medicine to treat Parkinson's disease, such as carbidopa or levodopa (Larodopa, Lodosyn, Atamet, Sinemet), pramipexole (Mirapex), rasagiline (Azilect), ropinirole (Requip), or selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with molindone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about molindone.


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.

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