BRAND NAME(S): Loxitane
Uses of Loxapine:
Loxapine, a tricyclic dibenzoxazepine antipsychotic agent, which is chemically distinct from the phenothiazines, thioxanthenes and butyrophenones, produces pharmacological responses in various animal species which are characteristic of those seen with the majority of antipsychotic drugs.
Loxapine, a dibenzoxazepine compound, represents a new subclass of tricyclic antipsychotic agent, chemically distinct from the thioxanthenes, butyrophenones, and phenothiazines. Chemically, it is 2-chloro-11-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)dibenz[b,f][1,4] oxazepine.
How to Take Loxapine
Take this medicine as directed. It can be taken with or without food. Do not stop taking this medicine abruptly without consulting with your doctor.
Side Effects of Loxapine:
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- blurred vision
- dry mouth
- upset stomach
Warnings and precautions for Loxapine
Before taking Loxapine,
- This medication can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged sun exposure and wear a sunscreen and protective clothing if needed. Limit alcohol intake, as it may intensify the drowsiness effect of this medication.
- Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking loxapine.
- Safe use of loxapine during pregnancy or lactation has not been established; therefore, its use in pregnancy, in nursing mothers or in women of childbearing potential requires that the benefits of treatment be weighed against the possible risks to mother and child.
- Studies have not been performed in children; therefore, this drug is not recommended for use in children below the age of 16.
- Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Loxapine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
What to do if you take Overdose of Loxapine?
Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
What to do if you take Missed Dose of Loxapine?
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
How to Store Loxapine:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.