Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride)

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General Information

Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride) is used for the treatment of schizophrenia. It is a mental disorder characterized by strange speech, abnormal behavior, and a decreased ability to understand reality.

Some benefits of using this medication include reduced episodes of:

  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Bizarre behaviors

How does Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride) work?

Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride) works by blocking the action of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that nerves use to communicate with one another. A neurotransmitter is an endogenous chemical that enables neurotransmission. It is a type of chemical messenger which transmits signals across a chemical synapse.

Why use Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride)?

Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride) belongs to the class of medications called phenothiazines. It is also referred to as a neuroleptic. This medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1959. This comes as a tablet for oral use. Each tablet has 0.5 ml of Fluphenazine Hydrochloride. It is the active ingredient of this product.

How to use Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride)?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Remember to take the prescription exactly. Do not take it more often or for longer than it is prescribed.

This tablet is to be taken by mouth. Do not suddenly stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Use it regularly to get the most benefit from it. It may take up to two weeks for the full benefit of this medication to take effect. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or worsens.

What are the side-effects of Prolixin (Fluphenazine Hydrochloride)?

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects like:

  • Weight changes
  • Vision problems
  • Joint pain
  • Fainting
  • Swelling of the feet or ankles
  • Skin discoloration
  • Unusual dreams
  • Confusion
  • Greatly increased saliva
  • Feelings of restlessness

Warnings and Precautions

  • This medication is not recommended for use in children under 12 years old.
  • This should also not be used to manage behavioral problems in patients with mental retardation.
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history if you have, current medication, or allergies.
  • Do not share this with others who have the same symptoms as yours.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • This may make you more sensitive to the sun. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.
  • Keep this far from heat and moisture.