What is Thiothixene?Thiothixene is a medicine used to treat schizophrenia.
What is the most important information I should know about Thiothixene?In rare cases, thiothixene can cause neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) (a life-threatening brain disorder). NMS is a medical emergency. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience high fever, muscle rigidity, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeat, changes in your blood pressure, or increased sweating.
Thiothixene can cause tardive dyskinesia (abnormal muscle movements, including tremor, shuffling and uncontrolled, involuntary movements). Tell your doctor immediately if you experience uncontrollable muscle movements.
Thiothixene can cause seizures and cerebral edema (swelling of the brain caused by excess accumulation of water).
Thiothixene can cause low blood cell counts.
Who should not take Thiothixene?Do not take thiothixene if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Also, do not take thiothixine if you have central nervous system depression due to any cause and blood disorders.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Thiothixene?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with thiothixene. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have past or current heart problems, seizures, dementia (an illness involving loss of memory, judgement, and confusion), or blood disorders.
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 and children ≥12 years: The recommended starting dose is 2 milligrams (mg) three times a day. In more severe conditions, the recommended starting dose is 5 mg twice a day.
Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you and will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
How should I take Thiothixene?Take thiothixene exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take extra doses or take more often without asking your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Thiothixene?Do not drink alcohol while you are taking thiothixene.
Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how thiothixene affects you.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Thiothixene?If thiothixene 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 thiothixene with the following: alcohol, atropine, barbiturates (such as butalbital or phenobarbital), blood pressure medications, opiates (such as codeine, hydrocodone, or morphine), or seizures medications (such as carbamazepine or valproic acid).
What are the possible side effects of Thiothixene?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, changes in your blood pressure, drowsiness, enlarged breasts, itching, liver damage, low white blood cell counts, 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 Thiothixene if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of thiothixene 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 Thiothixene?If you miss a dose of thiothixene, 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 Thiothixene?Store at room temperature.