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Fluphenazine

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Canadian Brand Names: Apo-Fluphenazine Decanoate®;Apo-Fluphenazine®;Modecate®;Modecate® Concentrate;PMS-Fluphenazine Decanoate
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antipsychotic Agent, Typical, Phenothiazine

    Uses
    • It is used to treat problems with how a person acts.
    • It is used to treat disabling involuntary movements in Huntington's chorea.
    • It is used to treat schizophrenia. It may take 6 weeks to see the full effect.
    • It is used to treat Tourette's syndrome.
    • Fluphenazine helps clear your thinking.
    • It works on helping social interactions, mood, expression of mood, as well as, delusions, paranoia, and look.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by doctor.
    • There is a liquid if you cannot swallow pills. Mix liquid with 1/2 cup of water before drinking.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • There is a higher chance of death in elderly people who take this drug for dementia.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to fluphenazine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Brain damage, liver disease, or low blood cell count.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with doctor. Some products contain tartrazine.
    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • Do not spill liquid on skin. Can irritate the skin.
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • You can get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen; wear protective clothing and eyewear.
    • Be careful in hot weather. Drink plenty of fluids to stop fluid loss.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber diet may help. Talk with doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Weight gain.
    • Change in sexual ability. This most often returns to normal.

    Monitoring

    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Dry mouth may cause more cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Follow up with doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Big change in balance.
    • Shakiness, trouble moving around, or stiffness.
    • Unable to pass urine.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • For women, if you become pregnant while taking this drug.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.


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