What Is Fluphenazine Used For?
How Fluphenazine WorksFluphenazine can also be used to treat other psychotic disorders, such as delusional disorder or schizoaffective disorder.
It belongs to a group of medications called typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. In particular, it is part of a group of medications called phenothiazines. It is not entirely known how fluphenazine works. However, the drug is known to block or lessen the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Dopamine may be elevated in people with schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders.
As mentioned, fluphenazine is not a cure for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders -- it only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia).
Is Fluphenazine Used for Children?Fluphenazine is not approved to treat schizophrenia or any other condition in children. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
Is Fluphenazine Used for Off-Label Reasons?On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend fluphenazine for something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Examples of off-label fluphenazine uses include the treatment of the following conditions: