This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.
Severe. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects and are usually not taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Your medicine may slow down how quickly your body processes pimozide.
What might happen:
The amount of pimozide in your blood may increase, which may increase your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat, which may be life threatening.
What you should do about this interaction:
Contact your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) as soon as possible about taking these two medicines together. Let your doctor know right away if you notice and irregular heartbeat or have any dizziness or fainting episodes.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this drug interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not stop start, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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