Side effects: Dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision, drowsiness, incoordination, ataxia, confusion, hypertension, sedation, heart failure, hypotension, aggravation of coronary artery disease, abdominal pain, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, decreased white blood count, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (flu-like symptoms, spreading red rash, skin or mucous membrane blisters), liver problems, dysrhythmias.
Uses: Bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and restless leg syndrome.
- Nursing Interventions: Teach patients not to abruptly stop medication but to taper off the medication.
- May decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives
- Avoid taking alcohol while on medication
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice