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Adasuve Alternatives

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These medications are comparable to Adasuve (loxapine) or used for similar purposes.

Adasuve
(loxapine)

Trilafon
(perphenazine)

Clozaril
(clozapine)

Zyprexa
(olanzapine)

Risperdal
(risperidone)

Haldol
(haloperidol)

Thorazine
(chlorpromazine)

Geodon
(ziprasidone)

Navane
(thiothixene)

Abilify
(aripiprazole)

Seroquel
(quetiapine)

Stelazine
(trifluoperazine)

Calms sudden changes in behavior in people with mental illness. Adasuve (loxapine) is only used when a person with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder is suddenly having inappropriate behavior or feelings even though they are taking their regular medicines. Your loved one has to live in a place that's watched over by doctors or nurses, since they're the only ones who can give Adasuve (loxapine).Treats schizophrenia. Trilafon (perphenazine) is a good medicine for schizophrenia, but it can make you gain weight.Helps control your thoughts and actions. Clozaril (Clozapine) treats schizophrenia when other drugs haven't worked, but you'll have to get blood work done regularly and might gain weight.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Risperdal (Risperidone) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and irritability. Among newer antipsychotic medicines, more likely to cause side effects, especially weight gain and hormone problems.Helps control your thoughts and calms agitation. Haldol (Haloperidol) is okay for treating psychosis and agitation. It's less likely to cause weight gain than other antipsychotics, but it's more likely to cause other bad side effects.Stabilizes your mood. Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Geodon (Ziprasidone) treats bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and causes fewer side effects than similar medicines. It’s not a good choice if you have heart problems.Treats schizophrenia. Navane (thiothixene) isn't a first choice for treating schizophrenia because of the side effects, but it is cheaper than other medicines.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Abilify (aripiprazole) is good for treating psychosis and mania, and can help with depression. It's less likely to cause side effects than other antipsychotics.Helps control your thoughts and mood. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is good for treating psychosis and mania. Fewer side effects than most antipsychotics, but might be less effective for people over age 40 with schizophrenia.Treats anxiety and schizophrenia. Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can be used to treat schizophrenia, but you might have trouble controlling your movements.
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Side effects
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  • Changes in taste 9%
  • Sleepiness 2%
  • Throat irritation 3%
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The perphenazine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Drowsiness/Sedation 39%
  • Salivation 31%
  • Tachycardia 25%
  • Dizziness/Vertigo 19%
  • Constipation 14%
  • Hypotension 9%
  • Headache 7%
  • Dry Mouth 6%
  • Sweating 6%
  • Syncope 6%
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  • Dizziness 7%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Personality disorder 4%
  • Weight gain 5%
  • Feeling dizzy/faint when standing up 3%
  • Akathisia (can't sit still) 4%
  • Drowsiness 22%
  • Dry mouth 15%
  • Weakness 9%
  • Stomach problems 6%
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  • Parkinsonism 16%
  • Sedation 7%
  • Akathisia 6%
  • Tremor 3%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Dystonia 4%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Salivary hypersecretion 2%
  • Vision blurred 1%
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The Haldol FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The chlorpromazine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Extrapyramidal Symptoms 6%
  • Somnolence 7%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Respiratory Tract Infection 5%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Dyspepsia 1%
  • Akathisia 1%
  • Asthenia 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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The thiothixene FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Sleepiness 20%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 17%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Nausea 7%
  • Restlessness 8%
  • Blurred vision 8%
  • Excess drooling 6%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Extreme restlessness 21%
  • Insomnia 6%
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  • Somnolence 42%
  • Dizziness 15%
  • Nausea 6%
  • Fatigue 5%
  • Increased Appetite 8%
  • Tachycardia 8%
  • Vomiting 4%
  • Dry Mouth 7%
  • Nasal Congestion 4%
  • Weight Increased 6%
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The trifluoperazine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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Adasuve (loxapine) is a typical antipsychotic. Researchers aren't exactly clear how Adasuve (loxapine) works to calm someone down. It adjusts levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, two chemicals known to regulate mood.Trilafon (perphenazine) works by blocking dopamine from entering the brain too quickly. Schizophrenia might be caused by your brain being too sensitive to changes in dopamine in your body.Clozaril (Clozapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change chemical activity (like dopamine and serotonin) in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Risperdal (Risperidone) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Haldol (Haloperidol) is a traditional antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to change dopamine activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is a derivative of phenothiazine, which regulates dopamine levels in your brain to improve your mood.Geodon (Ziprasidone) is a second generation antipsychotic. It treats schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by adjusting the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Navane (thiothixene) is a typical antipsychotic. It works by lowering levels of dopamine in the brain. It's believed that schizophrenia might be caused by the brain being too sensitive to changes in dopamine.Abilify (aripiprazole) is an atypical antipsychotic. It stabilizes dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain to help control your thoughts and affect mood.Seroquel (Quetiapine) is an atypical antipsychotic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works. It seems to change dopamine and serotonin activity in your brain, which affects thoughts and mood.Stelazine (trifluoperazine) is a first generation (typical) antipsychotic. It works in schizophrenia by making the brain less sensitive to changes in dopamine, which helps regulate your mood.
Type of medication
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Available as
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  • Inhaler
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
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  • Agitation Because Of Bipolar Disorder Or Schizophrenia
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Taking medicines to lower blood pressure
Detailed Adasuve (loxapine) risks & warnings »
  • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Drinking alcohol or taking narcotics
Detailed Trilafon (perphenazine) risks & warnings »
  • Dehydration
  • Taking blood pressure medications
  • Seizure disorder
  • Alcohol abuse
  • History of heart problems
Detailed Clozaril (clozapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Zyprexa (olanzapine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Risperdal (risperidone) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Haldol (haloperidol) risks & warnings »
  • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Acute respiratory infections
Detailed Thorazine (chlorpromazine) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • Low potassium
  • Low magnesium
Detailed Geodon (ziprasidone) risks & warnings »
  • People age 65 or older with dementia and psychosis
  • Drinking alcohol, or taking opioids, benzodiazepines, or sleeping medicines
Detailed Navane (thiothixene) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Age 24 years or younger
  • Use of antidepressant medications
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Abilify (aripiprazole) risks & warnings »
  • Elderly patients with dementia
  • History of heart problems
  • Drug interactions
  • People with diabetes
  • People with high cholesterol
Detailed Seroquel (quetiapine) risks & warnings »
  • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis
  • Women age 65 and older
  • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • History of low white or red blood cell counts
Detailed Stelazine (trifluoperazine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Alcohol
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  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while on Trilafon (perphenazine), since it can slow your breathing.
  • You need to limit the amount of alcohol you drink while on Clozaril (Clozapine).
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  • Don't combine with alcohol or narcotics because it can cause you to stop breathing.
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  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Navane (thiothixene).
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  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
Food
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  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
No food related info.No food related info.
  • Take Navane (thiothixene) with food so you don't get an upset stomach.
No food related info.
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine) can increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
No food related info.
Sleep
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  • Trilafon (perphenazine) can make you feel sleepy the first few days that you take it. This can be worse if you drink alcohol or take narcotics for pain or other medical issues. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Trilafon (perphenazine) affects you.
  • Can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid alcohol and be careful when changing positions or doing anything that requires your full attention until you know how it affects you.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
  • Can make you very sleepy so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Can cause drowsiness when you first start taking it, so avoid activities that require you to be alert until you know how it affects you.
  • Navane (thiothixene) can make you sleepy and unable to focus, so don't drive or do anything requiring concentration for a few hours after taking it until you know how Navane (thiothixene) affects your concentration. This can be worse if you drink alcohol or take medicines that can make you sleepy, such as opioids for pain, benzodiazepines for anxiety, or medicines to help you sleep.
No sleep related info.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
No sleep related info.
Weight
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  • You're more likely to gain weight.
  • People on Clozaril (Clozapine) have reported weight gain. This is common. If this bothers you, talk to your doctor about what you can do to stop this from happening.
  • Can affect your weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar control.
  • Zyprexa (olanzapine) is more likely to raise your blood sugar and cholesterol compared to other antipsychotic medications. Zyprexa (olanzapine) can also cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Risperdal (Risperidone) can cause you to gain weight. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Haldol (Haloperidol) can cause you to gain weight. However, Haldol (Haloperidol) is less likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
No weight related info.
  • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
  • Side effects include weight gain and high blood sugar.
  • Abilify (aripiprazole) can make you gain weight, which can also increase your blood sugar and cholesterol. If you're at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholestetrol, talk to your doctor how to lower your risk.
  • Seroquel (Quetiapine) can cause you to gain weight. Seroquel (Quetiapine) is moderately likely to cause weight gain compared to other antipsychotic medications. Exercise and eat healthy food to lower your risk.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain, sleepiness, and low blood pressure.
No weight related info.
Upsides and benefits
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  • Adasuve (loxapine) works faster and lasts longer to calm people down versus other medicines.
  • Adasuve (loxapine) is the only medicine in its class that's inhaled in case people aren't able to swallow pills or take injections.
  • Because only a doctor or nurse can give Adasuve (loxapine), they can figure out right away if it's working for your loved one, and help them if they have trouble breathing.
  • Adasuve (loxapine) is one of the few medicines in its class that doesn't affect the heartbeat.
  • Trilafon (perphenazine) can be much cheaper than other medicines.
  • Trilafon (perphenazine) is less likely to cause heart problems or changes in blood pressure.
  • Clinical studies show that Clozaril (Clozapine) is effective in treating schizophrenia when other medications have failed.
  • Has the lowest risk of causing movement problems when compared to other antipsychotic medicines.
  • Clozaril (Clozapine) is available as a normal tablet and as a mint-flavored tablet that dissolves on the tongue without water.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, irritability, and aggressive behavior.
  • Lowers relapse rates in people with schizophrenia and people with irritability associated with autism.
  • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than some antipsychotics.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and agitation.
  • Works just as well as other antipsychotic medicines.
  • Less likely to cause weight gain and problems with cholesterol and blood sugar than most other antipsychotics.
  • Acts fast to slow you down during a psychotic episode.
  • Can also be used for nausea or migraines.
  • Safe for use in children as young as 6 months.
  • Comes in a sugar-coated pill for easy administration.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can be used with lithium or valproate to better treat bipolar disorder.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can treat agitation in people with schizophrenia by reducing symptoms of anxiety, nervousness, and distress.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it has a lower risk of weight gain, hyperglycemia, and hyperlipidemia.
  • The Geodon (Ziprasidone) capsule is available as a generic.
  • The injectable form can treat sudden agitation in schizophrenia when it's not possible to use the capsules.
  • It's available as a pill that you take by mouth daily for continuous treatment and as an injection used for short-term treatment of agitation.
  • Navane (thiothixene) is available in generic.
  • Navane (thiothixene) is less likely to make you sleepy.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • More energizing than other antipsychotics.
  • Fewer side effects than other antipsychotics.
  • Studies show that it can also be helpful for depression, especially in women, if your symptoms don't go away with an antidepressant alone.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms and manic episodes.
  • Antipsychotic medicines are all about equally effective.
  • Fewer side effects than most antipsychotic medicines.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems compared to some antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, the least likely to cause Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) is one of the recommended medicines for schizophrenia.
  • It’s approved in children age 6 and older.
  • Available in generic.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to feel dehydrated or have problems with your heart with Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
Downsides and risks
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  • Adasuve (loxapine) can only be given by a doctor or nurse, and your loved one has to be calm enough to use an inhaler.
  • Adasuve (loxapine) is not widely available because additional training and certification are required before it can be given.
  • Adasuve (loxapine) cannot be used more than once every 24 hours because of it can hurt the lungs."
  • You're more likely to gain weight.
  • You can be more sensitive to temperature changes.
  • You're more likely to catch colds and flu.
  • You need to get blood work done every time you can get a prescription filled for Clozaril (Clozapine).
  • You can only get Clozaril (Clozapine) at certain pharmacies that are registered to provide it.
  • If you don't get Clozaril (Clozapine) within 7 days of it being ready at the pharmacy, then you have to get blood work done again and get a new prescription from your doctor.
  • You need to limit the amount of alcohol you drink while on Clozaril (Clozapine).
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
  • Mild to moderate risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • Moderate risk of weight gain and problems with cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, higher risk of hormone problems that cause nipples to leak and male breasts to grow abnormally large.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
  • It's an older medicine and has a lot more side effects than newer antipsychotics.
  • Compared to other antipsychotics, it causes more hormone problems that can cause nipples to leak fluid, and sudden, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Has a higher risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS): movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements. One of these symptoms (called tardive dyskinesia) is permanent and more likely if you take this medicine for many years.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics have side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works best for you.
  • Has more side effects than other medicines like it.
  • Can affect how your other medicines work.
  • Makes you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when injected.
  • Cannot be stopped right away.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn’t take Geodon (Ziprasidone).
  • You shouldn’t take Geodon (Ziprasidone) if you have a history of heart problems (slow heart rate, recent heart attack, heart failure, or heart rhythm problems). It’s also not safe to take if you have low potassium or magnesium, or are taking medicines that increase the risk of this happening (diuretics).
  • You'll need to get blood tests before you start taking Geodon (Ziprasidone).
  • It causes slightly less weight gain than similar medicines.
  • Can't take Geodon (Ziprasidone) capsules and injections at the same time. Capsules should be used instead of the injection as soon as possible.
  • Side effects include weight gain and high blood sugar.
  • Navane (thiothixene) can cause low blood pressure, which can cause fainting or falls if you’re not careful.
  • Smoking tobacco can make Navane (thiothixene) work poorly.
  • Mild risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS), a movement disorder that includes stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive, or involuntary movements.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find the one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
  • In studies, less effective for people over age 40 for schizophrenia.
  • Sometimes causes weight gain, sleepiness, and low blood pressure.
  • You might need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • All antipsychotics come with side effects that make them difficult to take. You might need to try a few different medicines until you find one that works for you and that you can tolerate.
  • If you take Stelazine (trifluoperazine) for more than 12 weeks or are taking high doses of Stelazine (trifluoperazine), you’re at a higher risk for being unable to control your movements.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can cause agitation and trouble sleeping. These symptoms can sometimes disappear, or there are other treatments you can take to help.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AdasuveperphenazineClozarilZyprexaRisperdalHaldolchlorpromazineGeodonthiothixeneAbilifySeroqueltrifluoperazine
  • Adasuve (loxapine) can only be given by a doctor or nurse at your loved one's care home if they notice sudden changes with their behavior after taking their regular medications.
  • If the person taking Adasuve (loxapine) starts to have problems breathing, tell the doctor right away.
  • Because people taking Adasuve (loxapine) can have problems breathing, your loved one's care home has to take part in a program that records any reactions your loved one might have to Adasuve (loxapine).
  • If your loved one has lung problems or breathing issues, they can't take Adasuve (loxapine). Your doctor will check to make sure.
  • You might be more sensitive to the sun and heat while taking Trilafon (perphenazine). Use sunscreen if you have to go outside and drink plenty of liquids.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics while on Trilafon (perphenazine), since it can slow your breathing.
  • Stopping Trilafon (perphenazine) suddenly can be very dangerous. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking it.
  • Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how Trilafon (perphenazine) affects you.
  • Take Trilafon (perphenazine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
  • Take Clozaril (Clozapine) exactly as prescribed and don't stop taking it without talking to your doctor.
  • Can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid alcohol and be careful when changing positions or doing anything that requires your full attention until you know how it affects you.
  • Blood tests are needed before you start this medicine and before every refill. You need to pick up the medicine within 7 days of your blood tests.
  • Can affect your weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar control.
  • Takes at least 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and increased cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take Zyprexa (olanzapine).
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
  • It'll take 4 to 6 weeks to see the medication's full effects on your thoughts.
  • It can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and can lower your blood pressure.
  • For the first week, avoid activities like driving that require you to be alert.
  • Immediately tell your doctor if you can't control your muscle movements or if you have a fever or excess sweating.
  • Don't use in elderly people who have dementia.
  • The oral liquid concentrate can be mixed with water or juice before taking it.
  • Can make you very sleepy so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Can cause involuntary muscle movements just like other medicines for your mood.
  • Can dry you out and make you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Don't combine with alcohol or narcotics because it can cause you to stop breathing.
  • Cannot be stopped suddenly.
  • It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to see the full effects, so hang in there and wait until it works to figure out the right dose for you.
  • Take Geodon (Ziprasidone) twice a day, preferably with food.
  • Can cause drowsiness when you first start taking it, so avoid activities that require you to be alert until you know how it affects you.
  • Geodon (Ziprasidone) can cause heart problems, so call your doctor right away if you faint or feel a change in your heartbeat.
  • Let your doctor know if you're taking a diuretic (water pill) or have a condition like chronic diarrhea that'll lower the amount of potassium or magnesium in your blood.
  • Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how Navane (thiothixene) affects you.
  • You might not notice any changes in your behavior until you've taken Navane (thiothixene) for at least 4 weeks.
  • Navane (thiothixene) can cause low blood pressure. Be very careful getting up if you've been sitting or lying down for a while since you can feel faint.
  • Navane (thiothixene) can make it hard to control your body temperature. Be careful exercising, especially in the heat, and dress warmly if it's cold.
  • Take Navane (thiothixene) with food so you don't get an upset stomach.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Navane (thiothixene).
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Makes you energized. Take in the morning to avoid difficulty sleeping.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May increase cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Available in pills that you take daily, and as a monthly injection.
  • Takes 4 to 6 weeks to see full effects on thoughts and mood.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • May cause weight gain and worsen cholesterol or blood sugar.
  • Report any unusual thoughts, inability to control muscle movements, or fever and excess sweating to your doctor.
  • Elderly people with dementia shouldn't take it.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can make you more sensitive to changes in temperature. If it's hot out, drink plenty of liquids, don't exercise too hard, and protect yourself from the sun. If it's cold, dress warm and don't stay outside too long.
  • Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can make you feel sleepy for the first few days. Don't drive or do anything requiring concentration until you know how it affects you.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine).
  • You might feel dizzy or faint the first few days you take Stelazine (trifluoperazine). Be very careful getting up if you've been sitting or lying down for a while.
  • If you want to stop taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine) and you've been taking it for at least a few months, talk to your doctor first.
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