Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet is designed to provide answers to some common questions about this medicine.
It does not contain all the available information.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
Amisulpride Sandoz against the benefits this medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with this medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Amisulpride Sandoz is used for
The name of your medicine is Amisulpride Sandoz. It contains the active ingredient
Amisulpride Sandoz belongs to a group of medicines called antipsychotics. Amisulpride
Sandoz is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a condition, which affects the way you think, feel and/or act. Schizophrenia
may cause symptoms such as hallucinations (eg hearing, seeing or sensing things which
are not there), delusions, unusual suspiciousness, emotional and social withdrawal.
People with schizophrenia may also feel depressed, anxious or tense.
Your doctor may have prescribed Amisulpride Sandoz for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Amisulpride Sandoz has been prescribed
Before taking it
When you must not take it
Do not take Amisulpride Sandoz if:
you have an ALLERGIC REACTION to Amisulpride Sandoz or any of the ingredients listed
at the end of this leaflet.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include a skin rash, itching, shortness of breath
or swelling of the face, lips or tongue.
you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
you are taking the following medicines
medicines used to treat irregular heart rhythm such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone
antibiotics such as erythromycin and pentamidine, given as an injection into the veins
levodopa, a medicine used in Parkinson's disease
thioridazone, an antipsychotic
methadone, medicine used to treat pain or addiction
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or the tablets do not look quite
the expiry date on the pack has passed.
Do not take Amisulpride Sandoz if you have or have had any of the following medical
phaeochromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal glands which sit near the kidneys
tumour of the pituitary gland, a small gland at the base of the brain
Amisulpride Sandoz must not be taken by children up to the age of puberty. There is
limited information on the use of Amisulpride Sandoz in adolescents and its use is
not recommended from puberty to the age of 18 years. If you are not yet 18 years of
age, ask your doctor if Amisulpride Sandoz is right for you.
Before you start to take it
Your doctor must know about all the following before you start to take Amisulpride
Tell your doctor if:
1. you have had an allergic reaction to any medicine which you have taken previously
to treat your current condition.
2. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Amisulpride Sandoz is not recommended for use in pregnancy. If you need to take Amisulpride
Sandoz during pregnancy you should discuss the benefits and risks of taking it with
3. you suffer from lactose intolerance because Amisulpride Sandoz tablets contain lactose.
4. you have kidney or liver disease, Parkinson's disease or fits (seizures).
5. you have problems with the heart and blood vessels.
6. you have, or have a history of blood clots.
7. you have hyperglycaemia (high sugar levels in the blood) or a family history of diabetes.
Your doctor may recommend monitoring your blood sugar levels while you are taking
8. you suffer from dementia
9. you have any mental/mood changes or suicidal thoughts.
Patients (and caregivers of patients) need to monitor for any worsening of their condition
and/or the development of thoughts of suicide, suicidal behaviour or thoughts of harming
themselves. Seek medical advice immediately if these symptoms present.
10. you have risk factors for stroke.
11. you have a history, or family history of breast cancer.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
Some medicines and Amisulpride Sandoz may interfere with each other. These include:
other medicines used to treat heart problems such as diltiazem, verapamil, clonidine,
digoxin and drugs known as beta blockers (e.g. propranolol)
medicines used to treat irregular heart rhythm such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone
intravenous amphotericin B, an anti-fungal given by injection into the veins
other antipsychotics such as thioridazine, clozapine, chlorpromazine, trifluperazine,
pimozide, haloperidol, imipramine and lithium
diagnostics drugs such as tetracosactides
medicines taken for anxiety or to help you sleep
anaesthetics (a medicine used during surgery)
medicines taken for depression
some strong pain killers
antihistamines, medicines to treat allergies, which cause drowsiness
some medicines taken to control blood pressure.
If you are unsure about any medicine you are taking, you should check with your doctor
or pharmacist. They will have more information on medicines to be careful of while
you are taking Amisulpride Sandoz.
How to take it
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how many Amisulpride Sandoz tablets you should take. The
dosage is adjusted for each individual and can range from 50mg a day up to 800mg a
day. In some cases your doctor may increase the dose to 1200mg a day.
Amisulpride Sandoz tablets should be taken once or twice a day as advised by your
doctor. Your doctor may increase or decrease your dose depending on your condition.
Do not take more than the dose your doctor has recommended.
How to take it
Amisulpride Sandoz tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
When to take it
Amisulpride Sandoz tablets should preferably be taken before meals. Take your prescribed
dose at about the same time each day.
How long do I take it
It is important that you do NOT stop taking Amisulpride Sandoz unless your doctor
tells you. Do not stop taking your Amisulpride Sandoz just because you feel better.
It is very important to continue Amisulpride Sandoz because it will help you stay
If you forget to take it
If you forget to take your medicine, take your dose as soon as you remember. Do not
take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone Australia
13 11 26 or New Zealand 0800 POISON or 0800 764766), or go to Accident and Emergency
at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too
much Amisulpride Sandoz. Show the doctor your pack of tablets. Do this even if there
are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you have taken too much Amisulpride Sandoz, the most common signs are drowsiness
and slurred speech.
While you are using it
Things you must do
It is very important to continue taking Amisulpride Sandoz because it will help you
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking
While you are taking Amisulpride Sandoz, tell your doctor or pharmacist before you
start any new medicine.
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to the nearest hospital, if you have any of the
following suicidal thoughts or mental/mood changes:
thoughts or talk of death or suicide
thoughts or talk of self-harm or harm to others
any recent attempts of self-harm
increase in aggressive behaviour, irritability or agitation
depressed mood or worsening of depression
Occasionally, the symptoms of depression may include thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
These symptoms may continue to get worse during the early stages of treatment until
the effect of the medicine becomes apparent. All mentions of suicide or violence must
be taken seriously.
Things to be careful of
Amisulpride Sandoz may cause drowsiness in some people.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Amisulpride Sandoz affects
Be careful if you are elderly or unwell. Some people may experience side effects
such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness, which may increase the
risk of a fall.
The effects of alcohol could be made worse while taking Amisulpride Sandoz. It is
NOT recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Amisulpride Sandoz.
Be careful while taking antihistamines, sleeping tablets or tablets to relieve pain
while taking this medicine. Amisulpride Sandoz can increase drowsiness caused by
medicines affecting your nervous system.
Things you must NOT do
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Amisulpride Sandoz affects you.
Do not give Amisulpride Sandoz to anyone else.
Your doctor has prescribed it for you and your condition.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking Amisulpride Sandoz.
Like other medicines, Amisulpride Sandoz can cause some side effects. If they occur,
most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may need
medical attention. Some of the side effects are dose related, so it is important
that you never exceed your prescribed dose.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
problems with orgasm.
These are the most common side effects of Amisulpride Sandoz.
Some people may feel dizzy in the early stages of treatment, especially when getting
up from a lying or sitting position. This side effect usually passes after taking
Amisulpride Sandoz for a few days.
Sometimes trembling, noticeable muscle stiffness or spasm, slowness of movement, excess
saliva, restlessness, an overwhelming urge to move and either distress or movements
such as pacing, swinging of the legs while seated, rocking from foot to foot, or both
can occur. This will usually be reduced if your dose of Amisulpride Sandoz is lowered
by your doctor or if your doctor prescribes you an additional medicine.
High blood sugar has been reported in patients taking Amisulpride Sandoz. Symptoms
of high sugar levels in the blood include passing more urine than normal, persistent
excessive thirst, increased appetite with a loss in weight and weakness.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital
if you notice any of the following:
abnormal movements mainly of the face or tongue
If this occurs, stop taking Amisulpride Sandoz immediately and contact your doctor.
After prolonged use in women, medicines of this type can cause:
an absence of their monthly period
changes in the regularity of their periods.
Tell your doctor if your monthly periods are absent for six months or more.
After prolonged use in men, medicines of this type can cause breast enlargement or
Incidences of abnormal liver function have been occasionally reported.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
Tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms that worry you, even if you think the
problems are not connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
After taking it
Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Keep Amisulpride Sandoz tablets in a cool, dry place where the temperature stays below
Do not store Amisulpride Sandoz or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
There will be an expiry date (month, year) on your Amisulpride Sandoz container.
The medicine should not be taken after this date.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Amisulpride Sandoz or the tablets have passed
their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with the amount left over.
What it looks like
Amisulpride Sandoz tablets are available in three different strengths:
The 100 mg strength is a white, flat faced, breakable tablet, marked "AMI 100".
The 200 mg strength is a white, flat faced, breakable tablet, marked "AMI 200".
The 400 mg strength is a white, film-coated, breakable, oblong tablet, marked "AMI
The 100 mg strength is available in a pack size of 30 tablets.
The 200 mg strength is available in a pack size of 60 tablets.
The 400 mg strength is available in a pack size of 60 tablets.
Amisulpride Sandoz 100mg tablets contain 100 mg amisulpride.
Amisulpride Sandoz 200mg tablets contain 200 mg amisulpride.
Amisulpride Sandoz 400mg tablets contain 400 mg amisulpride.
The tablets also contain:
sodium starch glycollate type A
microcrystalline cellulose (E 460)
hypromellose (E 464)
magnesium stearate (E 470).
The 400 mg tablets also contain:
PEG 40 stearate
titanium dioxide (E 171).
Sandoz Pty Ltd
ABN 60 075 449 553
54 Waterloo Road
Macquarie Park, NSW 2113
Tel: 1800 634 500
This leaflet was revised in August 2017.
Australian Register Numbers
100mg: AUST R 128985
200mg: AUST R 128993
400mg: AUST R 128994
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