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Nitoman is a medication used to treat involuntary movements (chorea) associated with Huntington's disease and other neurological disorders. It can be used for the treatment of various movement disorders, such as tics, Tourette's syndrome, Huntington's disease, tardive dyskinesia, and hyperkinetic movement disorders. It helps to eliminate or reduce involuntary movements by depleting monoamines in the brain.
Nitoman contains tetrabenazine as the active ingredient. Tetrabenazine belongs to a group of medications known as monoamine depleting agents. It works by reducing the activity of a chemical in the brain called dopamine, which is responsible for controlling movement.
Use and Dosage
Nitoman is available in the form of a tablet that is taken orally by mouth. The tablet can be taken with or without food, as directed by your healthcare professional. Take the tablet with a full glass of water while sitting or standing in an upright position. Avoid lying down while swallowing the tablet, as this can increase the risk of choking or difficulty swallowing. Do not chew or crush Tetrabenazine tablets.
The dosage and frequency of the medication will depend on your medical condition and response to treatment. Carefully follow your healthcare provider's dosing instructions and not to exceed the recommended dose or stop taking the medication without consulting them. The tablet form of Nitoman is a convenient way to take the medication, allowing for easy administration and ensuring that the appropriate dose is taken at the appropriate times.
Take Nitoman tablet exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Nitoman (Tetrabenazine):
- Difficulty sleeping
- Severe dizziness when standing or sitting from a lying position
- Stomach pain
Serious Side Effects of Nitoman (Tetrabenazine):
- Abdominal cramps
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in weight
- Confusion and disorientation
- Decrease in facial expressions
- Decreased interest in activities
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty starting movement
- Difficulty swallowing
- High fever
- Increasing restlessness
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle stiffness
- Poor concentration
- Profuse sweating
- Racing or irregular heartbeat
- Sensation of a pounding or irregular heartbeat
- Speech problems
- Swelling of the face and throat
- Thoughts of suicide
Forms and Strength
Nitoman (Tetrabenazine) is available in the following forms and strength:
Nitoman: Scored Tablet
- 25 mg
- 25 mg
- Nitoman should not be used by people who have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts.
- People who have liver disease or a history of liver problems should talk to their doctor before taking Nitoman.
- Nitoman may cause drowsiness or dizziness and may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. Therefore, caution should be taken when performing activities that require alertness.
- Nitoman may interact with other medications, including antidepressants that affect the levels of serotonin in the brain. Patients should inform their doctors of all the medications they are taking to avoid any potential drug interactions.
- Nitoman should not be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, as it may harm the fetus or baby.
- People with a history of heart disease or abnormal heart rhythms should talk to their doctor before taking Nitoman, as it can cause changes in heart rhythm.
- Nitoman may cause an increase in depression or suicidal thoughts in some patients, especially those with a history of depression or mental illness. Patients should be closely monitored for any changes in mood or behavior while taking Nitoman.
- Nitoman may cause an increase in Parkinsonian symptoms, such as stiffness, tremors, and difficulty with movement in some patients. Patients should be closely monitored for any changes in symptoms while taking Nitoman.
- Nitoman should be used with caution in elderly patients, as they may be more sensitive to the drug's effects.
- Nitoman may cause a drop in blood pressure in some patients, especially when standing up from a sitting or lying position. Patients should be advised to get up slowly and to sit or lie down if they feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Nitoman addictive?
Nitoman is not considered to be an addictive medication.
Can Nitoman be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Nitoman should not be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding unless the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks.
Can Nitoman be used in children?
Nitoman has not been studied in children under the age of 18.
It's important to purchase Nitoman from verified Canadian pharmacy.