In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02156040 ||FLUANXOL DEPOT 10% LIQUID IM 100MG/ML|
|02156032 ||FLUANXOL DEPOT 2% LIQUID IM 20MG/ML|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Flupenthixol belongs to the family of medications known as thioxanthenes. This medication is used in the treatment of schizophrenia. It is thought to work by affecting nerve pathways in certain areas of the brain to help correct certain chemical imbalances that cause the symptoms of schizophrenia.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended starting dose of flupenthixol tablets is 1 mg 3 times a day. The doctor may increase this dose every 2 or 3 days depending on how you are doing. The usual maintenance dose is 3 mg to 6 mg daily, taken in divided doses.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
Once you have reached a stable dose of flupenthixol tablets, your doctor may switch you to an injectable form of flupenthixol that stays in your system longer and makes it easier to remember to take your medication.
Flupenthixol tablets may be taken with food or on an empty stomach, however taking it with food or milk may help to reduce stomach upset.
It may take several weeks to feel the full benefit of this medication. Flupenthixol tablets must be taken every day to be effective. It is important that you keep taking the medication as prescribed by your doctor.
Your body will become accustomed to the medication over time. Do not stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. If this medication is stopped suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, or loss of appetite. If you plan on stopping the medication, your doctor may want you to reduce the dose gradually to reduce the severity of withdrawal effects.
It is important that this medication be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose of this medication, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you are using the flupenthixol injection and you miss an appointment to receive a dose, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your appointment.
Store this medication at room temperature and protect it from light.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each mL contains flupenthixol decanoate 20 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: medium-chain triglycerides. Supplied as 2 mL ampoules, packages of 5, or as 10 mL vials.
Each mL contains flupenthixol decanoate 100 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: medium-chain triglycerides. Supplied as 2 mL vials.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to flupenthixol or any ingredients of this medication
- are allergic to other thioxanthines (e.g., thiothixine)
- are intoxicated with alcohol or other medications (such as hypnotics, other opioids like codeine or morphine, or psychotropic medications for mental health conditions)
- have brain damage
- have liver damage
- have serious heart disease, brain disease, or kidney disease