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Molindone is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia. While the drug is not a cure, it can help control symptoms of the condition. Molindone, which is a type of typical antipsychotic medication, comes in tablet form and is generally taken two to four times a day. Possible side effects include muscle tension or contractions, drowsiness, and unusual body movements.

As of January 2010, the manufacturer of molindone has decided to stop making this medication. It is predicted that all current supplies will be depleted by June 2010. All people taking molindone should talk with their healthcare providers immediately about switching to a different medication.

What Is Molindone?

Molindone hydrochloride (Moban®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia. It is part of a group of medications known as "typical antipsychotics."

Who Makes Molindone?

Molindone is manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals.
(Click What Is Molindone Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

How Does Molindone Work?

Molindone is one of several medications known as typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not known exactly how molindone works to treat schizophrenia. However, it is known to block or lessen the effects of dopamine, a naturally occurring chemical in the brain. Dopamine may be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
Molindone is not a cure for schizophrenia. It only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia).
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