Flupenthixol review

Flupenthixol (brand name: Fluanxol) is a first generation antipsychotic drug that is mostly used by patients with Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. It has the ability to relieve psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and paranoia. Flupenthixol has a long-acting effect that is especially useful to non-compliant patients. Its course of action occurs 24 hours after injection and continues to work for two weeks or so. Individual responses to the drug vary so it is important that you are under a qualified doctor’s careful supervision during treatment.

Typical antipsychotic drugs may be rarely used these days due to the competence of atypical antipsychotic drugs but Flupenthixol remains to be useful because it is less likely to cause hypotension and sedation. It also carries a greater capacity to produce positive results.

To know whether you are a candidate for Flupenthixol treatment, you must be examined thoroughly by your doctor. This is to clear you of any possibility to suffer from the harsh side effects of the drug brought about by different factors. Flupenthixol is contraindicated to patients with allergies to the drug and its components, cardiovascular disorders, liver damage, and subcortical brain damage, among others. It is also not found to be safe for pregnant and lactating women as it can affect both the unborn and the newborn. Children are also not advisable to take Flupenthixol.

Flupenthixol is administered through intramuscular injection. It is also available in .5mg, 1mg, and 3mg tablets. The dosage depends on your level of affliction and your body’s condition. Intramuscular injection must be handled by a qualified professional. Tablet intake, meanwhile, must always be on schedule. If you happen to miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you remember it. If it is almost your time to take the next dose, you can skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Never attempt to raise or reduce your dose unless it is directed by your doctor.

Like other drugs, Flupenthixol may cause some problems, which usually go away after your body becomes well-adjusted. Drowsiness and fainting are common side effects of the drug. Such side effects can be hastened with alcohol abuse or use of any Central Nervous System depressant drug. It is important that you stop your alcohol intake completely while using Flupenthixol and to seek your doctor’s advice regarding the use of CNS depressants. You also need to be extra careful in exposing your skin to direct sunlight. Flupenthixol can make your skin too sensitive in a sense that brief exposure to the sun may result to skin rash, redness, sunburn, or discoloration. Other common side effects that may occur alongside your Flupenthixol use include constipation, decreased sweating, lightheadedness, and dry mouth. Less common and serious side effects that may need immediate medical attention include seizures, breathing difficulty, and muscle stiffness among others.

To be completely safe, it is important that you are closely monitored by your doctor during your Flupenthixol treatment. This is to ensure that your dosage is enough to treat your condition and is not too much to cause your side effects to be bothersome.

Flupenthixol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of flupenthixol

• Molecular formula of flupenthixol is C23H25F3N2OS
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[4-[3-[2-(trifluoromethyl)thioxanthen-9-ylidene]propyl]piperazin-1-yl]ethanol
• Molecular weight is 434.5176 g/mol
Flupenthixol available : 0,5mg tablets, 1mg tablets

Brand name(s): Depixol, Emergil, Fluanxol, Flupentixol, Flurentixol, Fluxanxol, Siplaril, Siplarol

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