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Fluphenazine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

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

 

Why do I need this medicine?

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

How do I take this medicine?

Take Fluphenazine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Fluphenazine with or without food. Take it with food if you find that it upsets your stomach. Try to take Fluphenazine at the same time each day.

Fluphenazine may be available as a tablet or oral liquid.

If you have been given the tablet, swallow it with a glass of water.

If you have been given the oral liquid, shake the bottle before you open it. Use the dropper or measuring spoon given to accurately measure out your dose. Dilute your dose with water, milk, orange, pineapple or grapefruit juice before you take it. Do not dilute with colas, coffee, tea or apple juice. Drink the medicine immediately after diluting. Avoid skin contact with the oral liquid as it can irritate the skin.

Fluphenazine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed otherwise, as stopping it suddenly could worsen your condition.

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

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

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 taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have:

- 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 taking Fluphenazine.

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. Some women may experience milk secretion or changes to the menstrual flow. Some men may experience breast swelling and libido changes.

Other 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 take 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, dofetilide

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

Fluphenazine must not be taken together with antacids as antacids can reduce the effectiveness of this medicine. If you must take antacids, there should be at least 2 hours interval between the antacid and 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 - Oral 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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