What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original can be viewed in PDF format using the link above.

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Solian 50mg, 100mg, 200mg & 400mg Tablets

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Solian 50mg Tablets

Solian 100mg Tablets

Solian 200mg Tablets

Solian 400mg Film-coated Tablets

Amisulpride

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
  • If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. What Solian is and what it is used for
2. Before you take Solian
3. How to take Solian
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Solian
6. Further Information

1. What Solian is and what it is used for

Solian contains a medicine called amisulpride. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘anti-psychotics’. It is used to treat an illness called schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia can make you feel, see or hear things which do not exist, have strange and frightening thoughts, change how you act, and make you feel alone. Sometimes people with these symptoms may also feel tense, anxious or depressed. Solian works by improving disturbed thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It is used to treat schizophrenia when it starts and also over the long term.

2. Before you take Solian

Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:

  • You are allergic (hypersensitive) to amisulpride or any of the other ingredients of Solian (listed in Section 6)
    Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
  • You are pregnant, might become pregnant or are breast-feeding (see ‘Pregnancy and breast-feeding’ section)
  • You have breast cancer or something called ‘a prolactin dependent tumour’
  • You have a tumour on the adrenal gland (called phaeochromocytoma)
  • You are taking levodopa, a medicine to treat Parkinson’s disease (see ‘Taking other medicines’ section)
  • You have been diagnosed with a pituitary tumour
  • The patient is under 18 years old

Do not take this medicine if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Solian.

Take special care with Solian

Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine if:

  • You have kidney problems
  • You have Parkinson’s disease
  • You have ever had fits (epileptic seizures)
  • You have an unusual heart rate (rhythm)
  • You have heart disease or family history of heart problems
  • Your doctor has told you that you might have a stroke
  • If you or someone else in your family has a history of blood clots, as medicines like these have been associated with formation of blood clots
  • You are diabetic or have been told you have an increased risk of having diabetes
  • You have a slow heart beat (less than 55 beats per minute)
  • You have been told you have a low amount of potassium in your blood.
  • You are elderly. This is because elderly people would be more likely to get low blood pressure or feel sleepy. A small increase in the number of deaths of elderly people with dementia has been reported for patients taking antipsychotics compared to those not receiving antipsychotics.
  • You have a low number of white blood cells (agranulocytosis). This means you may get infections more easily than usual
  • You have frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers. These could be signs of a blood problem called ‘leukopenia’
  • You or someone else in your family has a history of breast cancer
  • You have high levels of prolactin

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Solian.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because Solian can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way Solian works.

In particular, do not take this medicine, and tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines;

  • Levodopa, a medicine to treat Parkinson’s disease
  • Drugs called 'dopamine agonists' such as ropinirole and bromocriptine

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines;

  • Medicines used to control your heart beat such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone and sotalol
  • Clozapine used to treat schizophrenia
  • Other anti-psychotic medicines used for mental problems
  • Medicines for severe pain called opiates such as morphine or pethidine
  • Medicines for high blood pressure and heart problems such as diltiazem, verapamil, guanfacine and digitalis
  • Clonidine used for migraines, flushing or high blood pressure
  • Mefloquine used to treat malaria
  • Medicines which help you sleep such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines
  • Pain-killers such as tramadol and indometacin
  • Anaesthetics
  • Antihistamines such as promethazine which make you sleepy

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Solian.

Taking Solian with food and drink

  • Swallow Solian tablets with plenty of water before a meal
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Solian. This is because it can affect the way the medicine works

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not take this medicine if:

  • You are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed

The following symptoms may occur in newborn babies, of mothers that have used Solian Tablets in the last trimester (last three months of their pregnancy): shaking, muscle stiffness and/or weakness, sleepiness, agitation, breathing problems, and difficulty in feeding.

If your baby develops any of these symptoms you may need to contact your doctor.

Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

Driving and using machines

You may feel less alert, drowsy or sleepy and have blurred vision while taking this medicine. If this happens, do not drive or use any tools or machines.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Solian

Solian contains lactose, a type of sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that you can not tolerate some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

3. How to take Solian

Always take Solian exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Taking this medicine

  • Take this medicine by mouth
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not chew your tablets
  • Take before a meal
  • If you feel the effect of your medicine is too weak or too strong, do not change the dose yourself, but ask your doctor

How much to take

The amount of Solian you take will depend on your illness. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.

Adults

  • The usual dose is between 50mg and 800mg each day
  • Your doctor may start you on a lower dose if necessary
  • If necessary your doctor can prescribe up to 1200mg each day
  • Doses up to 300mg each day can be taken as a single dose. Take the dose at the same time each day
  • Doses above 300mg should be taken as half in the morning and half in the evening

Elderly

  • Your doctor will need to keep a close check on you as you are more likely to have low blood pressure or sleepiness due to this medicine

People with kidney problems

  • Your doctor may need to give you a lower dose

Chidren under 18 years of age

Solian should not be given to children under 18 years of age

If you take more Solian than you should

If you take more tablets than you should, tell a doctor or go to a hospital casualty department straight away. Take the medicine pack with you. This is so the doctor knows what you have taken. The following effects may happen: feeling restless or shaky, rigid muscles, feeling drowsy or sleepy which could lead to a loss of consciousness.

If you forget to take Solian

If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose.

Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop taking Solian

Keep taking Solian until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking Solian just because you feel better. If you stop, your illness may get worse or come back. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, Solian should not be stopped suddenly.

Stopping treatment suddenly may cause withdrawal effects such as:

  • Feeling or being sick
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping or feeling very restless
  • Muscle stiffness or unusual body movements
  • Your original condition may come back

Blood Tests

Taking Solian may affect the results of some blood tests. These include tests to measure the hormone called ‘prolactin’ and liver tests. If you are going to have a blood test, it is important to tell your doctor you are taking Solian.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Solian can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop taking Solian and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • You have an unusual heart rate.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

  • You have an allergic reaction. The signs may include: an itchy, lumpy rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue.
  • You have a fit (seizure).
  • You get more infections than usual. This could be because of a blood disorder (agranulocytosis) or a decrease in the number of white blood cells (leukopenia or neutropenia).

Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)

  • You have a high temperature, sweating, stiff muscles, fast heartbeat, fast breathing and feel confused, drowsy or agitated. These could be the symptoms of a serious but rare side effect called ‘neuroleptic malignant syndrome’
  • You have a very fast heart rate or chest pain which could result in a heart attack or life-threatening heart disorder.
  • You have blood clots in the veins especially in the legs (symptoms include swelling, pain and redness in the leg), which may travel through blood vessels to the lungs causing chest pain and difficulty in breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms seek medical advice immediately.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of the following side effects:

Very Common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

  • Trembling, muscle stiffness or spasm, slow movement, producing more saliva than usual or feeling restless.

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • Movements that you cannot control, mainly of the arms and legs

(These symptoms can be reduced if your doctor lowers your dose of Solian or prescribes an additional medicine)

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

  • Movements that you cannot control, mainly of the face or tongue

Other side effects include:

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia) or feeling anxious or agitated
  • Feeling drowsy or sleepy
  • Constipation, feeling or being sick, dry mouth
  • Putting on weight
  • Unusual production of breast milk in women and men, breast pain
  • Menstrual period stops
  • Breast enlargement in men
  • Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection, or in ejaculating
  • Feeling dizzy (which can be due to low blood pressure)
  • Blurred vision

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

  • Slowing of the heart beat
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycaemia)
  • Feeling confused
  • Nasal congestion
  • A condition called ‘osteoporosis’. This is when your bones are more likely to break.
  • High levels of fat (triglycerides) or cholesterol in the blood
  • Accidental inhalation of food with risk of pneumonia (lung infection)
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Difficulty passing water (urine)

Rare (may affect up to in 1 in 1000 people)

  • Noncancerous benign tumour (such as prolactinoma)
  • Feeling unwell, confused or weak, feeling sick (nausea), loss of appetite, feeling irritable. This could be an illness called a syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH)
  • Tired, weak, confused, have muscles that ache, are still or do not work well. This may be due to low sodium levels in your blood

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Solian

Keep this medicine in a safe place where children cannot see or reach it.

Do not use Solian after the expiry date which is stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not use Solian if you notice that the tablets become discoloured.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Further Information

What Solian contains

The tablets contain 50mg, 100mg, 200mg or 400mg of the active substance, amisulpride.

  • The other ingredients in Solian are sodium starch glycolate, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, hypromellose and magnesium stearate. Solian 400mg tablets also contain polyoxyl 40 stearate and titanium dioxide (E171).

What Solian looks like and contents of the pack

  • Solian 50mg tablets are white to off-white, flat-faced tablets engraved AMI 50. They are available in blister packs of 30, 60, 90 or 150.
  • Solian 100mg tablets are white to off-white, flat-faced tablets engraved AMI 100 on one side and a breakable bar on the other. They are supplied in blister packs of 60.
  • Solian 200mg tablets are white to off-white, flat-faced tablets engraved AMI 200 on one side and a breakable bar on the other. They are supplied in blister packs of 30, 60, 90, 120 or 150.
  • Solian 400mg tablets are white, film-coated, oblong scored tablets engraved AMI 400. They are supplied in blister packs of 30, 60 or 90.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Sanofi
One Onslow Street Guildford
Surrey
GU1 4YS
UK
Tel: 0845 372 7101
email: uk-medicalinformation@sanofi.com

Manufacturer

Delpharm Dijon
6 Boulevard de L’Europe
21800 Quetigny
France

This leaflet does not contain all the information about your medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This leaflet was last revised in 10/2017

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