How it should be taken
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the large muscle.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
Adult: PO ≥15 year: The recommended dose is 400-800 mg/day in 2 divided doses. Max: 1.2 g/day.
IM- The recommended dose is 400 mg/day.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with tumor of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma), tumors, children less than 15 years old, during breastfeeding.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This medication is an atypical antipsychotic agent, prescribed for schizophrenia. It corrects the imbalance of chemical substances acting on the nervous system.
Category B :
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of sugar, epilepsy, brain damage, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, abnormal heart rhythm, disturbances in blood electrolytes level, stoke, dementia, high blood pressure, smoking habit, alcoholism, elderly, and during pregnancy.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid abrupt withdrawal.
Patient may experience with abnormal movements, particularly of the face, lips, jaw and tongue, while taking this medication. If it is so consult with your doctor.
Patient may develop with increased risk of neuroleptic malignant syndrome and tardive dyskinesia with the following symptoms: high fever, sweating, muscle stiffness, faster breathing and drowsiness or sleepiness. If it is so consult with your doctor.
Monitor blood sugar level, ECG regularly while taking this medication.
Store it at room temperature (25 to 30°C), and in an airtight container.