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Orap, or the generic alternative called Pimozide, may be prescribed to treat Tourette’s syndrome when other medications and treatments have failed to reduce or control your motor and vocal tics. The tics, twitching, grunting, or cursing loudly can cause some people with Tourette’s syndrome to isolate themselves to save embarrassment or ridicule. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Orap is a dopamine agonist that works in the brain to diminish the activity of a neurotransmitter, or brain chemical called dopamine. One of the key functions that dopamine has a role in is movement. By reducing the action of this chemical, your tics will decrease and allow you to enjoy taking part in everyday life without the fear of humiliation. Orap is not a cure for Tourette’s syndrome, but it is an effective treatment.
Tourette’s syndrome in many cases is an inherited disorder that may present as a milder tic condition or obsessive-compulsive symptoms without tics. As you reach your higher teens, you may find that the symptoms have improved and you’re able to go to school, work, and socialize without any obvious tics.
Education is an essential tool for dealing with Tourette’s syndrome, and not just for you, but your entire family, close friends, and coworkers. Learn what your son, daughter, or friend is dealing with and know what you can do to help.
Before taking Orap, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding as this drug may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and provide your doctor with a list of any prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications you are taking, including homeopathic remedies and vitamin or dietary supplements so it can be determined if Orap is the right medication for you.
Until you know how Orap will affect you, avoid driving, operating machinery, or attempting any task that may be considered unsafe if you are not alert. Do not eat or drink grapefruit products while taking Orap as you may experience unintended side effects. Keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children and pets and never share them with anyone else.