Fluphenazine

Generic Name: Fluphenazine

  • What is Fluphenazine?

    Fluphenazine is a medication used in the management of psychotic disorders.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Fluphenazine?

    Fluphenazine may cause tardive dyskinesia, a movement disorder characterized by jerky facial or body movements. Older adults, especially women, appear to be at greater risk.

    Fluphenazine may cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a life-threatening brain disorder. Call your doctor immediately if you develop muscle stiffness, confusion, irregular or rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, excessive sweating, shaking, or high fever.

  • Who should not take Fluphenazine?

    Elderly patients with dementia-related psychosis should not receive fluphenazine. Do not take fluphenazine if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fluphenazine?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with fluphenazine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have bone marrow disease, glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), seizures, Parkinson's disease, an enlarged prostate or difficulty urinating, and liver or kidney disease.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Fluphenazine is available in three different formulations: an elixir (liquid), tablet, and injection. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you (based on the formulation) and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

  • How should I take Fluphenazine?

    Take fluphenazine exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Fluphenazine?

    Do not operate heavy machinery, drive, or participate in any other potentially dangerous activities until you know how fluphenazine affects you. This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness, especially if you drink alcohol.

    Avoid excessive exposure to the sun and insecticides.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fluphenazine?

    If fluphenazine is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining fluphenazine with the following: antacids; blood thinners such as warfarin; blood pressure medications such as clonidine, methyldopa, and propranolol; and phenytoin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Fluphenazine?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, blurred vision, constipation, decreased sex drive, decreased sweating, difficulty urinating, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fainting, increased appetite, menstrual irregularities, mild restlessness, muscle spasms, stuffy nose, swollen breasts, tremor

  • Can I receive Fluphenazine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effect of fluphenazine during pregnancy has not been established. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Fluphenazine?

    If you miss a dose of fluphenazine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Fluphenazine?

    Store at room temperature.