This drug is used for the treatment of schizophrenia, depression and other mental (psychotic) problems.
IUPAC name: 2-[4-[(3Z)-3-[2-(trifluoromethyl)thioxanthen-9-ylidene]propyl]piperazin-1-yl]ethanol
Drug class: Typical antipsychotics
Route of administration: Oral and intramuscular injection
Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES
Is it an OTC drug? NO
Mechanism of action
This medication works by inhibiting the activity of a neurotransmitter (dopamine) in the brain and helps to enhance thoughts, feelings, and moods.
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, vision problems, weight gain, constipation, sleep issues, postural hypotension, tremors, fatigue, muscle cramps, salivation, and restlessness.
Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:
If you are allergic to it or to other antipsychotic (neuroleptic) drugs, or if you have any other allergies,
If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),
If you have a history of breathing/lung problems (including sleep apnea, severe asthma, COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, myasthenia gravis, cardiac disease (arrhythmia, heart attack, heart failure), hepatic disease, kidney disease, thyroid issues,
If you have undergone any type of surgery,
Using this medication may cause an increase in blood sugar levels if you have diabetes.
Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.
This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older adults with dementia.
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.