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Zuclopenthixol (Clopixol) Drug for Psychotic Disorders: Use, Side Effects, Interactions




Zuclopenthixol
(Clopixol, United States and Canada)

More drugs used for Psychotic Disorders.

Use:

Zuclopenthixol or Clopixol is an thioxanthene antipsychotic agent.

How It Works:

Zuclopenthixol or Clopixol block serotonin receptors, leaving more of this neuro chemical in the nervous system. It is an intra muscular injection and is fast acting - 2-3 days - when compared to other thioxanthenes.

Side Effects:

Zuclopenthixol or Clopixol can cause tiredness, malaise, drowsiness, anxiety, nervousness, and tremor.

Cautions for People:

Because Zuclopenthixol or Clopixol can cause drowsiness, people should take care when driving or doing any task that requires mental alertness. As with all antipsychotic drugs, relief may not be immediate, but develop over several days or weeks.

Drug Interactions:

Because Zuclopenthixol or Clopixol can cause drowsiness, drug interactions with other drugs which cause drowsiness - including alcohol - are possible.

Further Reading:

J Clin Psychopharmacol 1994;14:377
Acta Psychiatri Scand 1993;87:48

Added to Virtual Drugstore November 1996.

The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.













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