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Thiothixene Oral capsule

What is this medicine?

THIOTHIXENE (thye oh THIX een) is used to treat schizophrenia.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may need to gradually reduce the dose. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • blurred vision

  • breast enlargement in men or women

  • breast milk in women who are not breast-feeding

  • confusion, restlessness, agitation

  • difficulty breathing

  • difficulty in speaking or swallowing

  • difficulty passing urine, or sudden loss of bladder control

  • dizziness or light headedness, fainting spells

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever, chills, or sore throat

  • hot, dry skin or lack of sweating

  • increased sweating

  • loss of balance or difficulty walking

  • seizures

  • stiffness, spasms, trembling

  • uncontrollable muscle spasms, in the face hands, arms, or legs, twisting body movements

  • uncontrollable tongue or chewing movements, smacking lips or puffing cheeks

  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • decreased sexual ability

  • menstrual changes

  • nausea or vomiting

  • skin rash

  • weight gain

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • arsenic trioxide

  • certain antibiotics like grepafloxacin, sparfloxacin

  • chloroquine

  • cisapride

  • clozapine

  • droperidol

  • ephedrine

  • medicines for abnormal heart rhythm like amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, ibutilide,procainamide, propafenone, quinidine, sotalol

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

  • pimozide

  • pindolol

  • propranolol

  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • carbamazepine

  • medicines for high blood pressure

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • blood disorder

  • brain tumor or head injury

  • dementia

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • Parkinson's disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to thiothixene, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be several weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Do not treat yourself for colds, diarrhea or allergies. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice, some nonprescription medicines may increase possible side effects.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Avoid extreme heat. This medicine can cause you to sweat less than normal. Your body temperature could increase to dangerous levels, which may lead to heat stroke.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.