Our expert says:
Espiride is an "old" drug, so it has many side effects that the newer drugs do not have. Newer drugs are more targeted and specific. This said, it is a well used and effective drug and if it works well for you and you do not experience many side effects, this may be the drug of choice for you. I think if you use it long term the following should be monitored regularly (3 monthly): blood sugar, blood pressure, full blood count and have an eye examination 6 monthly. Watch out for signs of hormonal disturbances like impotence and developing of abnormal breast tissue, balance problems or tremors, and be careful when driving or working with dangerous machinery as it could impair your concentration. Not all patients experience all the side effects mentioned on the package insert and it may be that it does not affect you at all.
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