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Loxitane (loxapine) is available by prescription only and is used to control strong emotions, unwanted thoughts, actions, and apathy that can accompany schizophrenia. This prescription can provide relief from the symptoms of schizophrenia, but it will not cure the condition. This drug is considered a conventional antipsychotic medication and helps control disturbing or abnormal thoughts and emotions.
Most people start out taking a low dose of Loxitane prescribed by their psychiatrist or doctor. This medication must be prescribed by a doctor. After the first week on this medication, a doctor may increase the amount of Loxitane a person takes each day to achieve the desired level of relief. This drug is sold in capsule form and is usually taken two to four times per day. You will not get an immediate result when you take this medication. It may take a few weeks to feel the full effects from this medication.
Older adults with signs of dementia should not take Loxitane. If you suffer from or have ever been diagnosed with glaucoma, breast cancer, or heart disease, you should talk to your doctor before you start taking this drug. You should also mention current or past difficulty urinating and any serious reactions you have had to other similar medications. This medication may interact with other medications, so check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other prescription drugs or supplements.
If you experience serious or severe side effects from Loxitane, you should call your doctor. Alcoholic beverages can increase the amount or severity of side effects from this drug. Serious side effects can include:
Less Serious side effects may include:
The best way to stop taking Loxitane is to slowly reduce your dose over time. By slowly reducing the amount of the drug you take each day, you can reduce the severity of any withdrawal symptoms you experience. Possible symptoms of withdrawal include:
Last Update: 12-22-2014
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