Trifluoperazine

Generic Name: Trifluoperazine

  • What is Trifluoperazine?

    Trifluoperazine is a medication used to treat schizophrenia and generalized anxiety that has not responded to other treatments.

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

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

    Trifluoperazine 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.

    Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any major tranquilizers similar to trifluoperazine.

    Tell your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as fever or sore throat, or pain in the mouth or gums. Your doctor may need to stop the trifluoperazine treatment.

  • Who should not take Trifluoperazine?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with trifluoperazine. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had a brain tumor, breast cancer, intestinal blockage, glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye), heart or liver disease, or seizures.

  • 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 prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

    Children: Your doctor will determine the dose based on your child's weight and the severity of the symptoms.

  • How should I take Trifluoperazine?

    Take trifluoperazine exactly as prescribed. Do not change the dose without talking to your doctor first.

    If you are taking trifluoperazine in a liquid concentrate form, you will need to dilute it with another liquid, such as a carbonated beverage, coffee, fruit juice, milk, tea, tomato juice, or water. You can also use puddings, soups, and other semi-solid foods. Dilute trifluoperazine just before you take it.

  • What should I avoid while taking Trifluoperazine?

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking trifluoperazine.

    Trifluoperazine may impair your ability to drive a car or operate dangerous machinery, especially during the first few days of treatment. Do not participate in any potentially hazardous activities until you know how this medication affects you.

    Avoid strenuous activity during periods of high temperature or humidity.

    Trifluoperazine may cause sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid unnecessary exposure to sunlight and tanning booths. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outside.

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

    If trifluoperazine 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 trifluoperazine with the following: alcohol; antihistamines; atropine; barbiturates such as phenobarbital; blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers, such as propranolol; blood thinners such as warfarin; diazepam; guanethidine; lithium; metrizamide; paroxetine; percocet; seizure medications; sparfloxacin; and thiazide diuretics (water pills).

  • What are the possible side effects of Trifluoperazine?

    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: anorexia, blood disorders, blurred vision, convulsions, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, fatigue, headache, insomnia, lactation, muscle stiffness or rigidity, muscle weakness, nausea, restlessness, skin reactions

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

    The effects of trifluoperazine 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 Trifluoperazine?

    If you miss a dose of trifluoperazine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if its 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 Trifluoperazine?

    Store at room temperature.