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Pimozide Dosage

When calculating an appropriate pimozide dosage, your healthcare provider will take into consideration your age, weight, and various other factors. This medication comes as a tablet that is taken one or more times a day. Your healthcare provider may gradually lower your dosage. Your tics may become worse initially, but should improve within one to two weeks.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Pimozide

The dose of pimozide (Orap®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • Your weight
  • How you respond to the medication.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Recommended Pimozide Dosing Guidelines

The usual recommended initial dosage of pimozide for the treatment of tics due to Tourette syndrome in adults is 1 mg to 2 mg a day, divided up throughout the day. Your healthcare provider may choose to slowly increase the amount, no more often than every other day, until a dose is found that best controls your symptoms with minimal side effects. Doses in adults should generally not exceed 10 mg a day, or 0.2 mg per kg body weight a day (0.09 mg per lb), whichever is less.
 
The usual recommended initial dosage of pimozide in children is 0.05 mg per kg body weight (0.02 mg per lb) taken once daily at bedtime. Doses should generally not exceed 10 mg a day in children.
 
Once you are stable on the medication, your healthcare provider may periodically try to gradually decrease your dosage. Your tics may worsen initially right after your amount is reduced as your body becomes accustomed to the lower dose. If your symptoms have not improved within one to two weeks, your healthcare provider may choose to increase your dose.
 
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