While effective treatment for schizophrenia is often obtained with Loxitane, alternatives may be considered if bothersome side effects occur or if the drug is not working as well as expected. In these situations, your healthcare provider may recommend one of several alternatives. These Loxitane alternatives include options such as other medications, like newer atypical antipsychotics, and therapy.
Loxitane Alternatives: An OverviewLoxitane® (loxapine) is a prescription medicine licensed to schizophrenia. It is part of a group of medications called typical (or first-generation) antipsychotics.
In many cases, Loxitane is effective at treating symptoms of schizophrenia. Also, many people tolerate the medication quite well. However, as with all medicines, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment. Also, in some situations, Loxitane may not adequately control the symptoms of schizophrenia. Fortunately, several Loxitane alternatives are available, including:
- Other medications
Other Medications as Loxitane AlternativesMany medications are available to treat schizophrenia other than Loxitane. These medications can include:
- Newer atypical antipsychotics
Other typical antipsychotics.
It is thought that these newer antipsychotic medications may have fewer serious side effects than older antipsychotics (although studies have shown conflicting results). Medications in this category can include:
- Aripiprazole (Abilify®)
- Asenapine (Saphris®)
- Clozapine (Clozaril®, FazaClo®)
- Iloperidone (Fanapt™)
- Lurasidone (Latuda®)
- Olanzapine (Zyprexa®)
- Paliperidone (Invega®)
- Quetiapine (Seroquel®)
- Risperidone (Risperdal®)
- Ziprasidone (Geodon®).
These are older, "first-generation" antipsychotic medications. While it is thought that these medications may be more likely to cause serious side effects, studies have shown conflicting results. In addition to Loxitane, these medications can include:
- Chlorpromazine (Thorazine®)
- Fluphenazine (Prolixin®)
- Haloperidol (Haldol®)
- Molindone (Moban®)
- Perphenazine (Trilafon®)
- Pimozide (Orap®)
- Prochlorperazine (Compazine®, Compro®)
- Thioridazine (Mellaril®)
- Thiothixene (Navane®)
- Trifluoperazine (Stelazine®).