What is Fluphenazine Decanoate?Fluphenazine decanoate is a medicine used to treat schizophrenia in patients who may require longer periods of treatment via intramuscular (injected into the muscle) or subcutaneous (just below the skin) administration.
What is the most important information I should know about Fluphenazine Decanoate?Fluphenazine decanoate can cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome (a life-threatening brain disorder). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience high fever, muscle stiffness, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeat, changes in your blood pressure, or increased sweating.
Fluphenazine decanoate can cause tardive dyskinesia (abnormal muscle movements, including tremor, shuffling and uncontrolled involuntary movements). Tell your doctor if you experience uncontrollable muscle movements.
Your doctor will check your liver and kidney function, as well as for signs and symptoms of infections, especially if you have low white blood cell counts while you are receiving fluphenazine decanoate.
Your doctor will monitor you for any drop in your blood pressure if you undergo any surgery while you are receiving fluphenazine decanoate.
Who should not take Fluphenazine Decanoate?Your doctor will not administer fluphenazine decanoate to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to phenothiazine derivatives; if your brain function is severely depressed; if you have certain types of brain damage; are taking sleeping medications; or have a blood disorder or liver damage.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fluphenazine Decanoate?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with fluphenazine decanoate. Talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have seizure disorders or grand mal seizures (a type of seizure that causes a sudden loss of consciousness immediately followed by seizures), a history of low white blood cell counts, liver damage, past or current heart problems (such as problems in the valves of your heart or cardiovascular disease), or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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.
Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.
How should I take Fluphenazine Decanoate?Your doctor will administer fluphenazine decanoate to you in a clinic or hospital setting.
What should I avoid while taking Fluphenazine Decanoate?Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.
Do not drink alcohol while you are on fluphenazine decanoate.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as fluphenazine decanoate can impair your mental and physical alertness.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fluphenazine Decanoate?If fluphenazine decanoate is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with fluphenazine: alcohol, antihistamines (such as chlorpheniramine), atropine, barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), opiates (such as codeine), or painkillers
What are the possible side effects of Fluphenazine Decanoate?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, bizarre dreams, blurred vision, chewing movements, decrease in your white blood cell count, drowsiness, enlarged breasts, excitement, fluctuations in your blood pressure, itching, liver damage, menstrual irregularities, nausea, overactive reflexes, restlessness, seizures, systemic lupus erythematosus-like syndrome (disease that affects the immune system), unwanted or uncontrollable movements of the upper body or lower extremities, weight changes
Can I receive Fluphenazine Decanoate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of fluphenazine decanoate during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. 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 Decanoate?Fluphenazine decanoate should be given under special circumstances as determined by your doctor.
How should I store Fluphenazine Decanoate?Your doctor will store this medication for you.