Generic name: pitolisant [ pi-tol-i-sant ]
Drug class: CNS stimulants
Dosage form: oral tablet (17.8 mg; 4.45 mg)
Availability: Prescription only
Pregnancy & Lactation: Risk data available
Brand names: Wakix
What is Pitolisant?
Pitolisant is used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness or cataplexy (sudden loss of muscle strength) in adults with narcolepsy.
Pitolisant may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use pitolisant if you have severe liver disease.
How should I take Pitolisant
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Pitolisant is usually taken once daily when you wake up.
It may take up to 8 weeks before your symptoms improve. Keep using the medication as directed and tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Usual Adult Dose for Narcolepsy:
Initial Up Titration: 8.9 mg orally once a day for 1 week, then 17.8 mg orally once a day for 1 week, then may increase to 36 mg orally once a day
-Adjust dose based on patient response and tolerability
Maintenance dose: 17.8 to 35.6 mg/day
Maximum dose: 35.6 mg/day
-Total dose should be administered as a single dose in the morning during breakfast.
-It may take up to 8 weeks for some patients to achieve a clinical response.
Use: For the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy.
You should not use pitolisant if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
severe liver disease.
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a heart rhythm disorder; or
long QT syndrome (in you or a family member).
Ask a doctor before using pitolisant if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of pitolisant on the baby.
Pitolisant can make hormonal birth control less effective, including birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings. To prevent pregnancy while using pitolisant, use a barrier form of birth control: condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, or contraceptive sponge. Keep using birth control for at least 21 days after your last dose of pitolisant.
Pitolisant is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose and use your next dose the following morning at the regular time. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA's Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.
What should I avoid while using Pitolisant?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Pitolisant side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Pitolisant may cause serious side effects. Call your doctor at once if you have:
fast or pounding heartbeats;, fluttering in your chest;
shortness of breath; or
sudden dizziness (like you might pass out).
Common side effects of pitolisant may include:
sleep problems (insomnia).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.See more: Pitolisant Side Effects
What other drugs will affect Pitolisant?
When you start or stop taking pitolisant, your doctor may need to adjust the doses of any other medicines you take on a regular basis.
Pitolisant can cause a serious heart problem. Your risk may be higher if you also use certain other medicines for infections, asthma, heart problems, high blood pressure, depression, mental illness, cancer, malaria, or HIV.
Other drugs may affect pitolisant, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.