Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Fluphenazine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Fluphenazine for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Do not be discouraged if you do not feel better soon after taking the medicine. Fluphenazine must be taken regularly for it to work well.
Do not stop taking Fluphenazine unless your doctor has decided that you can stop. If Fluphenazine is stopped suddenly, you may feel unwell or your condition may worsen. When your doctor decides that you do not need Fluphenazine anymore, he will usually reduce your dose slowly. Follow the doctor's instructions carefully.
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 everyday.
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 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.
Always keep your appointments with your doctor so that he will be able to monitor your response to Fluphenazine.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not breastfeed while being treated with Fluphenazine.
Inform your doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- thyroid disease
- lung disease
- problems passing urine
- enlarged prostate
- poor digestion or other stomach problems
- intestinal blockage such as paralytic ileus
- Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease
- low blood pressure
- glaucoma (high pressure in the eye)
- myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes muscle weakness)
- an adrenal gland tumour known as phaeochromocytoma
- epilepsy (fits)
- breast cancer or tumours dependent on a hormone known as prolactin
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.
Fluphenazine may affect the ability of your body to adjust to temperature changes in the environment. Avoid exposure to very cold or very hot environments. Avoid strenuous exercise and activities like going to the sauna. Drink more water to prevent dehydration.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Fluphenazine.
Fluphenazine may also interfere with pregnancy tests, leading to inaccurate results.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert the doctor if you have any of these conditions:
- brain disorders or damage
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- low blood cell count or other blood disorders
- bone marrow depression
Alert the doctor if you are taking any sleeping pills.
Fluphenazine is not meant for children younger than 12 years old.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol and drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee or colas.
Why do I need this medicine?
Fluphenazine is used to treat schizophrenia. 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 psychosis.
What side effects could I experience?
Fluphenazine may make you drowsy or dizzy, especially in the first few weeks of treatment. If you feel drowsy or dizzy, or if Fluphenazine causes your vision to become blurred, 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.
Fluphenazine may also cause shaky and trembling hands, muscle stiffness, muscle spasm and problems with coordinating your movements. These side effects may be more common during the first few days of therapy. Alert your doctor if any of these side effects occur.
Other common side effects of Fluphenazine include nausea, loss of appetite, headache, 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 are less common but may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- any kind of rash or allergic reaction
- muscle spasms or uncontrolled muscle movements of your body or face, such as sticking out of the tongue, smacking of the lips
- uncontrollable urge to move constantly or an inability to sit still
- epileptic fits
- excessive drowsiness, dizziness or if you faint
- mouth, tongue or throat ulcers
- fever or other signs of an infection
- yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes
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.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- sleeping pills or anxiety pills such as alprazolam, flurazepam
- antidepressants such as fluoxetine, paroxetine, fluvoxamine, imipramine, trazodone
- other mood or psychiatric medicines such as lithium, haloperidol
- Parkinson's disease medicines such as levodopa, bromocriptine
- strong painkillers such as morphine, codeine
- hay fever medicines such as antihistamines
- blood pressure medicines such as midodrine
- digoxin and other medicines used to treat heart disease
- blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin
- epilepsy (fits) medicines such as phenytoin and valproate
- diabetes medicines such as glibenclamide, glipizide, gliclazide, tolbutamide
Do not take antacids within 2 hours of taking Fluphenazine.
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.