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Navane, a prescription antipsychotic medication, is used to treat schizophrenia. The drug is thought to work by blocking or lessening the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Navane is usually taken one to three times a day, and comes in the form of a capsule. While most people tolerate the drug well, side effects can still occur. Some possible side effects include unusual muscle movements, muscle tension, and feelings of internal restlessness.

What Is Navane?

Navane® (thiothixene) is a prescription medicine known as a "typical antipsychotic" that has been licensed to treat schizophrenia.
 

Who Makes Navane?

It is manufactured by Pfizer, Inc.
 
(Click Navane Uses for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

How Does It Work?

Navane belongs to a group of medications called typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. In particular, it is part of a group of medications called thioxanthines, which are very similar to phenothiazines (another group of antipsychotic medications). It is not entirely known precisely how Navane works. However, it is known that the medication 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 Navane

Following are some general considerations for when and how to take this medication:
 
  • It comes in capsule form. It is usually taken by mouth one to three times a day.
     
  • You can take it with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • Navane should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
 
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