molindone - oral, Moban (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia). This medicine helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It can reduce aggressive behavior and the desire to hurt yourself/others. It may also help to decrease hallucinations (such as hearing/seeing things that are not there). Molindone is a psychiatric medication (antipsychotic-type) that works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances (such as dopamine) in the brain.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually 1 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects such as drowsiness and shaking (tremor), your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.Molindone tablets contain a small amount of calcium, which can interfere with your body's ability to absorb certain drugs, especially if you take them around the same time. Examples of these drugs include quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin), tetracycline antibiotics (such as doxycycline, minocycline), levodopa, phenytoin, thyroid medications (such as levothyroxine), and drugs for osteoporosis (bisphosphonates such as alendronate). Ask your doctor or pharmacist how long to wait between doses and when you should take your medications.Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your doctor may need to reduce your dose gradually.Although you may notice some improvement in your symptoms soon after starting this medication, it may take several weeks to months before you get the full benefit of this drug.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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