Loxapine is an antipsychotic medication. It works by changing the actions of chemicals in your brain.
Loxapine is used to treat the symptoms of psychotic conditions, including hallucinations, delusions, and confusion.
Take loxapine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Loxapine can be taken with or without food.
Mix the concentrate as directed with orange or grapefruit juice just before it is time for a dose.
Loxapine is usually taken several times a day. Follow your doctors instructions.
Do not stop taking loxapine without the approval of your doctor. It may be several weeks before you begin to feel better, and you may require continuous treatment for quite some time. Talk to your doctor before you stop taking this medication. Store loxapine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking loxapine and seek emergency medical attention:
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); uncontrollable movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, arms, or legs; or yellowing of your skin or eyes.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take loxapine and talk to your doctor if you experience:
dizziness or drowsiness, headache, weakness or tremor (shaking), agitation, an increased heart rate, constipation, dry mouth, or weight gain.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Loxapine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Dizziness may be more likely to occur when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a possible fall.
Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking loxapine.
Avoid becoming overheated during loxapine therapy. It is easier to become dangerously dehydrated while you are taking loxapine. Use caution in hot weather and during exercise.