Loxitane, a medication used to treat schizophrenia, belongs to a class of drugs known as "typical antipsychotics." While it is not entirely clear how the drug works, it is believed to block or lessen the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. The medicine comes in capsule form, and is usually taken two to four times a day. Possible side effects include muscle tension, tremors, and twitches.
What Is Loxitane?Loxitane® (loxapine) is a prescription medicine known as a "typical antipsychotic" that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia.
How Does Loxitane Work?Loxitane is one of several medications known as typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. It is not entirely known how it works. However, it is known that the drug blocks or lessens the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Dopamine may be elevated in people with schizophrenia.
This medication is not a cure for schizophrenia -- it only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia).
When and How to Take ItThe following are some general considerations for when and how to take Loxitane:
- The medication comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth two to four times a day.
- You can take it with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- Loxitane should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.