Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: Drowsiness may occur with use of pizotifen and this may impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. Avoid these activities until you find out whether the medication affects you in this way.
Medical conditions: People with narrow-angle glaucoma, urinary retention (e.g., enlarged prostate), diabetes, heart disease, seizures, or reduced kidney or liver function should discuss with their doctor how this medication may affect their medical condition, how their medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Tolerance: With prolonged use of pizotifen, some people find that it no longer works successfully. If this happens, contact your doctor.
Withdrawl: If this medication is stopped suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sweating, trouble sleeping, shaking, pain, nausea, tremors, diarrhea, and hallucinations. Do not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if pizotifen passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 12 years of age.