Stelazine

(trifluoperazine)

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Treats anxiety and schizophrenia.

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Stelazine (trifluoperazine) can be used to treat schizophrenia, but you might have trouble controlling your movements.

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Quick facts about trifluoperazine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (trifluoperazine)

Upsides

  • 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).
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

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.

Quick facts about trifluoperazine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (trifluoperazine)

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What to expect when you take Stelazine (trifluoperazine) for Schizophrenia

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  • Possible side effects
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Changes in blood cell counts
  • Sleepiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Skin rashes
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Side effect rates for Stelazine (trifluoperazine)

Risks and Warnings for Stelazine (trifluoperazine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis

    Older people who have dementia and psychosis have a higher risk of death if they take medicines like Stelazine (trifluoperazine). They shouldn't be given this medicine.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Stelazine (trifluoperazine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats generalized non-psychotic anxiety.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats generalized non-psychotic anxiety.

Common concerns from people taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for trifluoperazine
NUnknown
Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Stelazine (trifluoperazine).