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Fluphenazine - Intramuscular / Subcutaneous - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I use this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Monasan    

Why do I need this medicine?

Fluphenazine injection is used to treat schizophrenia, an illness that causes changes in perception, thoughts and behaviour. It helps to relieve symptoms common in schizophrenia, such as distorted thinking and emotional instability.

Fluphenazine injection also helps to treat other mood or psychiatric conditions such as paranoia, bipolar disorder (mania and hypomania), anxiety and behavioural disturbances.

Fluphenazine injection is used for long-term treatment. It is usually used if you cannot swallow pills or if your doctor decides that an injection will help manage your condition better.

How do I use this medicine?

Fluphenazine injection is given either intramuscularly (into the buttock muscles) or subcutaneously (into the fatty layer under the skin, usually in the abdomen or thighs).

Your doctor or nurse will administer the injection for you. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need this injection.

It is important that you continue with the injections even when you feel well. Do not stop using Fluphenazine injection unless your doctor has decided to do so. If this medicine is stopped suddenly, you may feel unwell or your condition may worsen. When your doctor decides that you do not need Fluphenazine injection anymore, he will usually reduce your dose slowly.

What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?

Ensure that you keep all appointments with your doctor so that you do not miss any doses. Your doctor also needs to regularly monitor your response to Fluphenazine.

If you miss an appointment or miss an injection, alert your doctor or nurse. A replacement appointment or injection should be given as soon as possible.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

When should I not use this medicine?

Fluphenazine is not suitable for patients with dementia-related psychosis.

Alert the doctor if you have:

- brain injury or damage
- liver disease
- low blood cell count or other blood disorders
- severe depression
as Fluphenazine may not be suitable for you.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

- heart disease
- kidney disease
- Parkinson's disease
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
- an adrenal gland tumour known as phaeochromocytoma
- epilepsy (fits)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are being treated with Fluphenazine injection. The effects of Fluphenazine injection may last for a few weeks or months after each injection.

For as long as you are being treated with Fluphenazine, you will need to have regular checks to make sure that your eyes, blood counts, kidney function and liver function are normal. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these blood tests.

What side effects could I experience?

Fluphenazine may cause dizziness, drowsiness and blurred vision. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activities in which you need to be alert or be able to see clearly.

You may feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking Fluphenazine for the first time. This is normal and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.

Other common side effects of Fluphenazine include nausea, loss of appetite, headache, restlessness, nasal congestion, dry mouth, problems passing urine or passing urine too often, constipation and depression. There may also be pain, discomfort or redness at the injection site. Some women may experience milk secretion or changes to the menstrual flow. Some men may experience breast swelling and libido changes.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:

- fast or irregular heartbeat
- muscle rigidity, fever, blood pressure and body temperature changes
- fever with persistent sore throats and mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising
- yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I use this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines to treat depression e.g. fluoxetine, paroxetine, fluvoxamine
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. lithium, haloperidol
- medicines to treat Parkinson's disease e.g. levodopa, bromocriptine
- medicine for allergy e.g. antihistamines
- medicines for high blood pressure e.g. methyldopa, clonidine
- medicine for epilepsy (fits) e.g. carbamazepine
- diabetes medicines such as glibenclamide, glipizide, gliclazide, tolbutamide
- medicines for irregular heart rhythm e.g. quinine, disopyramide, procainamide

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Fluphenazine.

Always notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee or colas.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Protect from light. Light may cause the medication to lose some of its effectiveness.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Fluphenazine - Intramuscular / Subcutaneous and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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