fluphenazine concentrate - oral, Prolixin (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to treat symptoms of a certain type of mental/mood condition (schizophrenia). Fluphenazine belongs to a class of medications called phenothiazines and is also referred to as a neuroleptic. It works by affecting the balance of natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) in the brain.Some of the benefits of continued use of this medication include reduced episodes of hallucinations, delusions, or bizarre behaviors that occur in patients with schizophrenia.This medication is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age. Also, it should not be used to manage behavioral problems in patients with mental retardation.
HOW TO USE: Take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs unless directed otherwise by your doctor.Measure carefully and dilute (mix) with 4 ounces (120 milliliters) or more of water, milk, juice or non-caffeinated carbonated drink. Do not dilute with coffee, tea, caffeinated colas or apple juice as the drug may lose its effectiveness.Take immediately after diluting. Do not dilute drug for later use.Avoid getting the medication on your skin because allergic reactions (contact dermatitis) may occur.This medication must be taken as prescribed. Do not stop taking this drug suddenly without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may worsen if the medication is suddenly stopped.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time(s) each day. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.It may take up to two weeks for the full benefit of this medication to take effect. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
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