How Does It Work?Loxapine is one of several medications known as typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known exactly how the drug works. However, it is known that loxapine blocks or lessens the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain, that may be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
Loxapine is not a cure for schizophrenia. It only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia).
When and How to Take LoxapineThe following are some general considerations for when and how to take this medicine:
- The medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth two to four times a day.
- You can take loxapine with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Loxapine should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For loxapine to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The severity of your condition
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Loxapine Dosing for more information.)