People taking Prolixin are typically advised not to drink alcohol during treatment. Combining alcohol and Prolixin can increase the risk and severity of Prolixin side effects. In addition, people with a mental illness should avoid alcohol because it can make symptoms worse. If you decide to drink alcohol with Prolixin treatment, be aware that you may not be able to safely drink as much as you used to.
Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Prolixin?
According to the Prolixin® (fluphenazine) prescribing information, drinking alcohol while taking the drug is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Prolixin can increase the chance and severity of several Prolixin side effects. In addition, many people with a mental illness are usually advised to avoid alcohol.
Alcohol and Prolixin Side Effects
Drinking alcohol while taking Prolixin may increase your risk of certain side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure when sitting or standing up. You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Prolixin. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were able to in the past.
Prolixin is approved to treat several conditions, including psychotic disorders. In general, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid alcohol, as it can make mental illnesses worse and is often a form of "self-medication."
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Prolixin
Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Prolixin, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, the two of you can make a shared decision about Prolixin and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink and want to stop, your healthcare provider can suggest ways to help you with this.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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