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Loxitane Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is loxapine (Loxitane)?
- What are the possible side effects of loxapine (Loxitane)?
- What is the most important information I should know about loxapine (Loxitane)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking loxapine (Loxitane)?
- How should I take loxapine (Loxitane)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Loxitane)?
- What happens if I overdose (Loxitane)?
- What should I avoid while taking loxapine (Loxitane)?
- What other drugs will affect loxapine (Loxitane)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking loxapine (Loxitane)?
Loxapine is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. Loxapine may cause heart failure, sudden death, or pneumonia in older adults with dementia-related conditions.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to loxapine, or if you have decreased alertness caused by taking certain medications or drinking alcohol.
To make sure loxapine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- a history of low white blood cell (WBC) counts;
- urination problems;
- heart disease; or
- a history of breast cancer;
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Taking antipsychotic medication during the last 3 months of pregnancy may cause problems in the newborn, such as withdrawal symptoms, breathing problems, feeding problems, fussiness, tremors, and limp or stiff muscles. However, you may have withdrawal symptoms or other problems if you stop taking your medicine during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking loxapine, do not stop taking it without your doctor's advice.
It is not known whether loxapine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take loxapine (Loxitane)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take loxapine with a full glass of water.
You may not start feeling better right away when you start taking loxapine. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve during treatment.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
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