Before you begin taking a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should take this medication.
Abrupt withrawal: Stopping this medication suddenly can result in symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, insomnia and confusion. This medication should be discontinued gradually and under medical direction.
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: The use of this medication may impair the mental and physical abilities required for driving a car or operating machinery. Avoid consuming alcohol while on this medication as it can produce extreme drowsiness.
Medical conditions: If you have a history of seizures, hypocalcemia, respiratory difficulties, or liver disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Sun: This medication makes you more sensitive to the harmful effects of sunlight. Make sure to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen prior to sunlight exposure.
Temperature control: This medication reduces your ability to adapt to extreme temperatures. Avoid extreme heat or cold.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Fluphenazine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 12 years of age.
Seniors: Seniors should use this medication with caution, and should not exceed the recommended dose. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose due to greater risk for side effects.