Moban

(molindone)

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Treats schizophrenia.

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Moban (molindone) isn’t a recommended typical antipsychotic medicine because it can make you feel very sleepy compared to other similar medicines.

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Quick facts about molindone
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (molindone)

Upsides

  • Moban (molindone) is available in generic.
  • Moban (molindone) doesn’t cause weight gain like other similar medicines.
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Downsides

  • Moban (molindone) isn’t a very popular drug to treat schizophrenia because it can cause so many side effects.
  • You can have trouble controlling your movements on Moban (molindone), which might be permanent if it's not checked in time.
  • While it can be used to treat both acute and chronic forms of schizophrenia, severe schizophrenia might require up to 9 pills of Moban (molindone) a day.
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How it works

Moban (molindone) is a typical antipsychotic. It works by stabilizing levels of dopamine in the brain. It's believed that in schizophrenia, the brain is sensitive to changes in dopamine.

Quick facts about molindone
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (molindone)

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What to expect when you take Moban (molindone) for Schizophrenia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
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Side effect rates for Moban (molindone)

Risks and Warnings for Moban (molindone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis

    Older people who have dementia and psychosis have a higher risk of death if they take antipsychotic medicines like Moban (molindone). They shouldn't be given this medicine.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Moban (molindone)

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Sleep
  • Moban (molindone) can make you feel sleepy, lightheaded, or dizzy the first few days you're taking it. This can make you more likely to fall and possibly break or fracture your bones. This is more likely if you're taking other medicines that also make you feel sleepy or dizzy. Be very careful the first few days you're taking Moban (molindone), especially if you've been sitting or lying down for a while. Brace yourself or sit back down if you feel faint for any reason.
Weight
  • Moban (molindone) doesn’t cause weight gain like other similar medicines.