fluphenazine - oral, Prolixin (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking fluphenazine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine, perphenazine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be given to patients who are unconscious.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: brain damage, severe nervous system problems (severe CNS depression).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood problems (e.g., leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis), liver problems, breast cancer, eye problems (e.g., glaucoma), heart problems (e.g., very high or very low blood pressure, mitral valve insufficiency), kidney problems, certain types of tumors (pheochromocytoma), seizures, exposure to phosphorus insecticides, chronic breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema, frequent infections), low blood calcium, enlarged prostate, drug or alcohol dependency, Reye's syndrome, other nervous system problems (e.g., cerebrovascular insufficiency, brain tumors, encephalitis, encephalopathy), dehydration.Before having surgery or any diagnostic testing, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking fluphenazine.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths or sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.The medication can reduce sweating, making you more susceptible to heat stroke. Avoid strenuous work or exercise in hot weather.Avoid being exposed to very cold temperatures (e.g., swimming in cold water). Severe lowering of your body temperature may occur.Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially the side effect of uncontrolled movements. This is especially true if the child is sick (e.g., has chickenpox, measles, stomach flu).Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly, because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially to facial or muscle twitching, muscle spasms/stiffness, uncontrolled movements (tardive dyskinesia) and possible effects on blood pressure.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. Liver problems or birth defects may occur in infants exposed to this type of medication in the womb. Tell the doctor right away if you notice yellowing of the eyes/skin or dark urine in your infant. Babies born to mothers who have used this drug during the last 3 months of pregnancy may infrequently develop symptoms including muscle stiffness or shakiness, drowsiness, feeding/breathing difficulties, or constant crying. If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn anytime during their first month, tell the doctor right away.Based on information for similar drugs, fluphenazine may pass into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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