Stelazine (Trifluoperazine)


Trifluoperazine or Stelazine is a medication used to treat symptoms of Schizophrenia. It is also used over short periods of time in treating anxiety in people who have not been helped by other medications. Stelazine is a conventional antipsychotic. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

Use Stelazine exactly as prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist. Do not take more or less that is prescribed without first consulting with your doctor. This medication cannot cure schizophrenia but it does treat the symptoms so continue taking it even if you feel well. Tell your doctor about any other prescriptions or supplements you may be taking. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, going to become pregnant, or breast feeding.

Stelazine has caused some side effects. These are not serious but if they are persistent or are serious call your doctor at once:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • dry mouth
  • stuffed nose
  • nausea
  • difficulty urinating
  • widening or narrowing of the pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes)
  • constipation
  • changes in appetite
  • weight gain
  • blank facial expression
  • shuffling walk
  • agitation
  • jitteriness
  • unusual, slowed, or uncontrollable movements of any part of the body
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • headache
  • extreme tiredness
  • weakness
  • breast enlargement
  • breast milk production
  • missed menstrual periods
  • decreased sexual ability in men

If you experience any of the following side effects contact your doctor at once. Serious side effects include:

  • fever
  • muscle stiffness
  • confusion
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • flu-like symptoms
  • sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
  • neck cramps
  • tongue that sticks out of the mouth
  • tightness in the throat
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fine, worm-like tongue movements
  • uncontrollable, rhythmic face, mouth, or jaw movements
  • seizures
  • blisters
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, mouth, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • erection that lasts for hours
  • vision loss, especially in low light

Some side effects are similar to that of Abilify. Abilify side effects include:

  • headache
  • nervousness
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • weight gain
  • increased appetite
  • increased salivation
  • pain, especially in the arms, legs, or joints

Serious Abilify side effects include:

  • seizures
  • slow, fast, or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain
  • changes in vision
  • unusual movements of your body or face that you cannot control
  • high fever
  • muscle stiffness
  • confusion
  • sweating
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, mouth, lips, tongue, throat, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • tightening of the neck muscles
  • tightness in the throat

If someone you know overdoses on any medication contact emergency services. If you have any other questions contact your doctor for more information.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000585/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0000221/


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