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.
Who Makes Loxitane?This product is manufactured by Watson Pharmaceuticals.
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.