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How Does It Work?

Loxapine inhalation powder belongs to a group of medicines known as typical antipsychotics. 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.

When and How to Take This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with loxapine inhalation powder include the following:
  • This medication comes in the form of a powder that is inhaled by mouth. It is given as a single dose every 24 hours, as needed. 
  • Loxapine inhalation powder is only given by a healthcare provider. He or she will show you the correct way to use it right before your dose. 
  • You can take loxapine inhalation powder with food or on an empty stomach.
  • Loxapine inhalation powder is supplied in a single-use inhaler. The inhaler may become warm during use. It may also produce a flash of light and clicking sounds while you are using it. This is normal and expected.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Carefully follow your healthcare provider's instructions for properly inhaling this medication. 

Dosing Information for Loxapine Inhalation Powder

There is only one standard dose of loxapine inhalation powder, regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
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