This antipsychotic medication is used for schizophrenia treatment.
IUPAC name: 1-[4,4-bis(4-fluorophenyl)butyl]-4-[4-chloro-3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]piperidin-4-ol
Drug class: Typical antipsychotics; Butyrophenones
Route of administration: Oral
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, moods, and behavior.
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, sleep issues, salivation, agitation, dry mouth, tremors, postural hypotension, tremors, muscle cramps, restlessness, and trouble urinating.
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 Parkinson’s disease, bipolar disorder, cardiac disease ( heart attack, angina, congestive heart failure, arrhythmia), glaucoma, seizures (fits), hyperthyroidism, leukemia (low blood cell count), hypotension (low blood pressure),
If you have undergone any type of surgery,
Penfluridol may increase the risk of QT prolongation if you have certain cardiac diseases (bradycardia, heart failure, or QT prolongation).
If you have low blood levels of magnesium, potassium, or sodium, you may be more likely to experience QT prolongation (extended intervals between cardiac contraction and relaxation) when taking this medication.
Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of developing blurred vision, dizziness, or drowsiness. It may also cause a loss of alertness.
Avoid abruptly discontinuing this medication without first talking to your doctor.
Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.