What Is Loxapine Inhalation Powder Used For?
Loxapine inhalation powder belongs to a group of medicines known as typical antipsychotic medications. The drug is known to block the effects of dopamine, an important chemical in the brain that is believed to be elevated in people with schizophrenia. It also blocks the effects of another brain chemical known as serotonin, but to a lesser degree. However, it is not entirely known how these actions help treat agitation.
Loxapine inhalation powder has not been adequately studied in children, and is not approved for use in this age group (usually defined as individuals younger than 18 years old). Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in a child.
Loxapine inhalation powder has not been studied in people over the age of 65; therefore, it is not entirely known if the medication is safe and effective for this age group. In general, antipsychotic medicines, such as loxapine inhalation powder, can increase the risk for a stroke and death when used to treat agitation and behavior symptoms associated with dementia. Loxapine inhalation powder is not approved to treat agitation caused by dementia.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than its officially approved use. This is called an "off-label" use. For example, loxapine inhalation powder may be used off-label to treat agitation associated with conditions other than schizophrenia and bipolar type I.