General Information on Loxitane
Loxitane is an anti-psychotic medicine used for treating mental or mood disorders such as schizophrenia. Active ingredient in the medicine is Loxapine, and it belongs to the pharmacological class of tricyclic dibenzoxazepine derivatives.
The medicine works by restoring balance of dopamine in your brain, so that you are able to think clearly, feel less nervous and participate more in your daily life. The medicine also reduces aggression, suicidal thoughts and hallucinations, which are commonly associated with psychiatric disorders.
The prescription medicine is available in the form of an oral concentrate as well as an intramuscular injection.
Side effects of Loxitane
You should not buy Loxitane if your psychotic condition is related to dementia. Such patients may have more risks of having heart failure, pneumonia or sudden death during Loxitane treatment, especially older adults.
Also inform your doctor if you have glaucoma, epilepsy, urination problem, heart disease, low WBC count or breast cancer. Such patients have more risks of developing serious side effects of the drug.
Taking Loxitane during the first trimester of pregnancy may cause serious problems in your unborn baby, including withdrawal symptoms, feeding problems, breathing problems, tremors, stiff or limp muscles or fussiness. Therefore, pregnant women should not take this medicine, unless advised by their doctor.
Some common side effects associated with Loxitane include dizziness, drowsiness, mild skin rash, flaking or itching, dry mouth, changes in weight, stuffy nose, constipation, vomiting, nausea, changes in menstrual periods in women, agitation, restlessness, sleep problems, puffiness in face or blurred vision. These are temporary side effects of the drug and subside on their own as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, you should inform your doctor at once, if any of these persist or worsen.
Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any serious side effects of the drug. Such side effects include stiff or rigid muscles, sweating, high fever, confusion, uneven or fast heartbeats, tremors, restless movements in the muscles of jaw, neck, tongue or eyes, trouble swallowing, seizures, easy bruising or bleeding, flu symptoms, body ache, unusual weakness, chills, fever, severe constipation, vision changes or decreased or stopped urination.
Dosage of Loxitane
If you are using oral concentrate form of the medicine, your doctor will prescribe Loxitane 10mg to 50mg in a day, depending upon your condition. After 7 to 10 days, your doctor may increase your dosage to Loxitane 60mg to 100mg per day. Maximum dose a patient can receive is Loxitane 250mg per day.
Intramuscular injection of Loxitane is given to patients with acute agitation, so that their condition can be controlled promptly. One Loxitane 12.5mg to 50mg injection is given to the patient at intervals of 4 to 6 hours. However, the dosage and intervals between the injections depend on the patient’s individual requirements, medical condition and response to the treatment. Once the patient’s condition is controlled, the doctor may advise him or her to take oral form of the medicine. Usually, this happens within 5 days of starting injection form of the medicine.
Drug Interactions of Loxitane
Your doctor will not recommend you to buy Loxitane if you are already taking bronchodilators, urinary or bladder medicines or irritable bowel medicines as these have a tendency to interact with this drug.