Flupenthixol

Description

Flupenthixol is an antipsychotic drug used for the treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia and depression. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 18 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Flupenthixol

  • Restlessness
  • Shaikness
  • Changes in weight
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Decreased interest in sexual intercourse

Uses of Flupenthixol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine is cumulative and it usually takes 1 to 3 days before symptom improvement can be seen.
  • Duration of effect
    Oral forms: The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 8 to 12 hours. Injection (depot): The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty with concentration and memory, impaired thinking and judgment, etc.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving/taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving/taking this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug based on your clinical condition. Alternatively, your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to flupenthixol, any other thioxanthenes, or any other inactive ingredients present along with this medicine.

Severe Depression

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from severe depression and requiring hospitalization.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving/taking this medicine. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving/taking this medicine. Your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding or to discontinue the drug based on your clinical condition. Alternatively, your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative based on your clinical condition.
General warnings

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS)

This medicine should be used with extreme caution due to the increased risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome. Report any symptoms such as an increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, fever, changes in mood or behavior, etc. to the doctor immediately. Close monitoring of clinical condition, appropriate patient/caregiver counseling, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Other coexisting diseases

This medicine may affect the treatment of many other diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, kidney diseases, liver diseases, etc. It is advised that you report to the doctor all your past medical history as well as your current medical conditions before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Driving or Operating machinery

This medicine may cause symptoms such as weakness, drowsiness, sleepiness, dizziness, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Oral forms: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose should be skipped. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. Injections: If you missed a scheduled appointment for a dose of this medicine, contact your doctor immediately for further instructions.

Overdose

Oral forms: Contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical intervention if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms of overdose may include sleepiness, extreme restlessness, excitement, confusion, coma, convulsions, increased body temperature, etc. Injections: Since this medicine is usually administered by a qualified healthcare professional in the clinical/hospital setting, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by your doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine due to the increased risk of serious adverse effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, difficulty with concentration and memory, impaired thinking and judgment, etc.
Interaction with Medicine

Levodopa

Phenobarbital

Metoclopramide

Disease interactions

Parkinson's disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the patient's clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral forms: Take this medicine as instructed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised. Injections: This medicine is usually administered in the hospital/clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
It blocks the actions of certain natural substances that are responsible for causing symptoms associated with schizophrenia and depression.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antipsychotics

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.995.pdf?filename=PIL.995.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 26 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.998.pdf

[Internet]. Lundbeck.com. 2018 [cited 26 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.lundbeck.com/upload/ca/en/files/pdf/pm/Fluanxol.pdf

[Internet]. Merseycare.nhs.uk. 2018 [cited 26 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/media/3349/flupentixol-2017-final.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 2 Aug 2018

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