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Loxapine is a drug that is licensed to treat schizophrenia. Known as a typical antipsychotic, the drug is thought to work by blocking or lessening the effects of dopamine in the brain. It comes in capsule form and is typically taken two to four times a day. Possible side effects include unusual body movements, muscle tension, and overactive reflexes.
What Is Loxapine?Loxapine (Loxitane®) is a prescription medicine known as a "typical antipsychotic" that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia.
Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with loxapine. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
- Unusual body movements, including tremors or twitches
- Muscle tension or contractions
- Feelings of internal restlessness or jitteriness
- Overactive reflexes.
- Heart problems
- Seizures or epilepsy
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH)
- Difficulty passing urine
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Loxitane and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Loxitane and Breastfeeding)
- Drink alcohol regularly (see Alcohol and Loxitane).