Generic Name : THIOTHIXENE
Pronunciation : (thye oh thix' een)
Trade Name(s) : Fluanxol, Triperidol
Why it is prescribed: Thiothixene is a tranquilizer used to treat emotional and mental conditions.
When it is to be taken: Follow the instructions on your prescription label, and ask your doctor to explain any part that you do not understand. Do not take more of this drug or take it more often than instructed.
How it should be taken: Thiothixene comes in the form of capsules and concentrated liquid to be taken by mouth. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. You may have to take thiothixene for several weeks before you feel its full effects. Do not stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor. Your doctor may want to decrease your dose gradually.
Special Instruction :
1. Avoid getting liquid thiothixene on your skin or clothing. It may cause a skin rash.
2. If you are to take thiothixene for a long time, your doctor may ask you to have your eyes examined. Keep all appointments with your doctor and eye doctor.
3. During the first few weeks in which you take this drug, you may be drowsy or less alert than usual. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how the drug affects you.
Side Effects :
1. Dry mouth. Suck sugarless hard candy or chew gum.
2. Dizziness. Lightheadedness, or faintness when getting up from a sitting or lying position. Get up slowly.
3. Blurred vision, constipation, increased sweating, increased salivation, nasal congestion, insomnia, fast heartbeat, swelling of the breasts, changes in menstrual period, decreased sexual ability. Contact your doctor if these effects persist or are severe.
4. Muscle spasms of the neck or back; restlessness; shuffling walk; jerky movements of the head, face, mouth, and neck; trembling of hands and fingers. Contact your doctor; your doctor may have to decrease your dose or prescribe another drug to relieve these symptoms.
5. Worm-like movements of the tongue, skin rash, eye problems, seizures, sore throat and fever, yellowing of skin or eyes. Stop taking the medication and contact your doctor.
Other Precautions :
1. Alcoholic beverages can add to the drowsiness caused by thiothixene.
2. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should inform their doctors. Tell your doctor if you have had an unusual reaction to chlorprothixene or to any phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, prochlorperazien, promazine, thioridazine, or trifluoperazine.
3. Tell your doctor if you have blood disease, alcoholism, glaucoma, heart of blood vessel disease, a history of seizures, Parkinson's disease, or an enlarged prostate.
4. Before you use thiothixene, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking.
5. Thiothixene may make your skin sensitive to sunlight. Wear protective clothing or a sunscreen preparation, and limit your exposure to sunlight and sunlamps until you know how this drug affects you.
6. Avoid exposure to extreme heat or cold. Thiothixene can affect your ability to regulate body temperature.
Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in and out of the reach of children.
2. Store it away from heat and light