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Trifluoperazine

(Trifluoperazine)

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  • Trifluoperazine Overview

    Trifluoperazine is used to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, psychotic disorders). Trifluoperazine helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It can reduce aggressive behavior and the desire to hurt yourself/others. It may also help to decrease hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that are not there). Trifluoperazine is a psychiatric medication that belongs to the class of drugs called phenothiazine antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. Trifluoperazine has also been used for the short-term treatment of anxiety. However, there are safer drugs to treat anxiety that should be used first before trifluoperazine.

  • Trifluoperazine Warnings

    There may be a slightly increased risk of serious, possibly fatal side effects (such as heart failure, fast/irregular heartbeat, pneumonia) when Trifluoperazine is used by older adults with dementia. Trifluoperazine is not approved for the treatment of dementia-related behavior problems. Discuss the risks and benefits of Trifluoperazine, as well as other effective and possibly safer treatments for dementia-related behavior problems, with the doctor.

  • How to Use Trifluoperazine

    Take Trifluoperazine by mouth with or without food, usually once or twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Dosage of Trifluoperazine is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. In children, the Dosage of Trifluoperazine is also based on weight. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start Trifluoperazine at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Take Trifluoperazine regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Although you may notice some medication effects soon after starting, it may take 2 to 3 weeks before you get the full benefit of Trifluoperazine. Do not stop taking Trifluoperazine without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when Trifluoperazine is suddenly stopped. Also, you may experience symptoms such as upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and shakiness. To prevent these symptoms while you are stopping treatment with Trifluoperazine, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Report any new or worsening symptoms right away. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

  • Trifluoperazine Precautions

    Before taking trifluoperazine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine, perphenazine); or if you have any other allergies. Trifluoperazine may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Trifluoperazine should not be used in people who are intoxicated with alcohol/opioids/other drugs that cause drowsiness/slowed breathing. Before using Trifluoperazine, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,liver problems, kidney problems, heart problems (such as mitral valve insufficiency, abnormal heart rhythm, angina), low blood pressure, blockage of the intestines, glaucoma, seizures, enlarged prostate, breathing problems (such as severe asthma, emphysema, lung infections), blood disorders (such as bone marrow depression, low red/white/platelet blood cell counts), low levels of calcium in the blood, dehydration, breast cancer, brain disorder/tumor/injury, exposure to organophosphate insecticides, pheochromocytoma, drug/alcohol/substance abuse, Parkinson's disease. Trifluoperazine may make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your vision. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Before having surgery or imaging procedures (such as certain X-rays, CT scans) requiring the use of contrast dye (such as metrizamide), tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Trifluoperazine and about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Trifluoperazine may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Trifluoperazine may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heat stroke. Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat, such as hard work or exercise in hot weather, or using hot tubs. When the weather is hot, drink a lot of fluids and dress lightly. If you overheat, quickly look for a place to cool down and rest. Get medical help right away if you have a fever that does not go away, mental/mood changes, headache, or dizziness. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of Trifluoperazine, especially uncontrolled movements. They may be at greater risk when they are sick (such as having viral infection, dehydration). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Trifluoperazine, especially dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, confusion, uncontrollable movements, constipation, difficulty urinating, or blurred vision. Dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and confusion can increase the risk of falling. During pregnancy, Trifluoperazine should be used only when clearly needed. Babies born to mothers who have used Trifluoperazine during the last 3 months of pregnancy may rarely develop symptoms including muscle stiffness or shakiness, drowsiness, feeding/breathing difficulties, or constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn especially during their first month, tell the doctor right away. Since untreated mental/mood problems (such as schizophrenia, psychotic disorders) can be a serious condition, do not stop taking Trifluoperazine unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Trifluoperazine during pregnancy. Trifluoperazine passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

  • Trifluoperazine Misdose

    If you miss a dose of Trifluoperazine, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

  • Trifluoperazine Interactions

    Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.anticholinergic/antispasmodic drugs (such as atropine, dicyclomine, scopolamine), drugs that increase the amount of dopamine in your body (such as cabergoline, levodopa, pergolide, ropinirole), guanethidine, lithium, phenytoin, propranolol, warfarin, other drugs that cause dizziness upon standing (including alpha blockers such as prazosin). Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness or may slow your breathing including alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and opioid pain relievers (such as codeine). Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. Trifluoperazine may interfere with certain laboratory tests (such as phenylketonuria tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Trifluoperazine.

  • Trifluoperazine Side Effects

    Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, blurred vision, tiredness, constipation, weight gain, and trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Dizziness and lightheadedness can increase the risk of falling. Get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position. Trifluoperazine may cause muscle/nervous system problems (extrapyramidal symptoms-EPS). Your doctor may prescribe another medication to decrease these side effects.feelings of anxiety/agitation/jitteriness, drooling/trouble swallowing, restlessness/constant need to move, shaking (tremor), shuffling walk, stiff muscles, severe muscle spasms/cramping (such as twisting neck, arching back, eyes rolling up), mask-like expression of the face. Remember that Trifluoperazine has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Trifluoperazine do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects,difficulty urinating, decreased cough reflex, swelling of the feet/ankles, butterfly-shaped rash on nose and cheeks, joint pain, skin discoloration, eye/vision changes, feeling unusually cold or hot, signs of liver problems (such as nausea that doesn't stop, yellowing eyes/skin, vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain), signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever), easy bruising/bleeding, signs of anemia (such as severe tiredness, fast breathing, pale skin, fast heartbeat), mental/mood changes (such as worsening psychosis, unresponsive/catatonic state). Rarely, Trifluoperazine may cause face/muscle twitching and uncontrollable movements (tardive dyskinesia). In some cases, this condition may be permanent. Tell your doctor right away if you develop any uncontrollable movements such as lip smacking, mouth puckering, tongue thrusting, chewing, or unusual arm/leg movements. In rare cases, trifluoperazine may increase your level of a certain chemical made by the body (prolactin). For females, this increase in prolactin may result in unwanted breast milk, missed/stopped periods, or difficulty becoming pregnant. For males, it may result in decreased sexual ability, inability to produce sperm, or enlarged breasts. If you develop any of these symptoms, tell your doctor right away. Rarely, males may have a painful or prolonged erection lasting 4 or more hours. If this occurs, stop using Trifluoperazine and get medical help right away, or permanent problems could occur. Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects,slowed breathing, chest pain, seizures. Trifluoperazine may rarely cause a very serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS).fever, muscle stiffness/pain/tenderness/weakness, severe tiredness, severe confusion, sweating, fast/irregular heartbeat, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine). A very serious allergic reaction to Trifluoperazine is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

  • Trifluoperazine Storage

    Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Trifluoperazine when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

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