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Flupen 0.5mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Flupen 0.5mg Tablet is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of schizophrenia. It may also be used to treat depression and bipolar disorder. It works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Flupen 0.5mg Tablet is taken by mouth with or without food preferably before bedtime. Take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor and if you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember. You should never skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. It is important that this medication is not stopped suddenly without talking to doctor as it may worsen your symptoms. Inform your doctor if you experience any abnormal movements, particularly of the face, lips, jaw, and tongue while taking this medicine. Your doctor may advise for regular monitoring of blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Some common side effects of this medicine includes dryness in mouth, urinary retention, constipation, and tremor. Initially, this medicine may cause sudden drop in the blood pressure when you change positions, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Additionally, avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can make drowsiness worse. This medicine can also lead to weight gain, eat a healthy balanced diet, avoid snacking with high-calorie food, and exercise regularly.

Uses of Flupen Tablet

Side effects of Flupen Tablet

Common
  • Sleepiness
  • Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing)
  • Dryness in mouth
  • Abnormality of voluntary movements
  • Weight gain
  • Increased prolactin level in blood
  • Urinary retention
  • Constipation
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Tremor

How to use Flupen Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Flupen 0.5mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Flupen Tablet works

Flupen 0.5mg Tablet is a typical antipsychotic. It works by blocking the action of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that affects thoughts and mood.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Flupen 0.5mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Flupen 0.5mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Flupen 0.5mg Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Flupen 0.5mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Flupen 0.5mg Tablet in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
However, there have been reports of some side effects in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Flupen 0.5mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Flupen 0.5mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • You have been prescribed Flupen 0.5mg Tablet for the treatment of schizophrenia.
  • Take it at bedtime to avoid feeling sleepy during the day.
  • Use caution while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Flupen 0.5mg Tablet can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine as it can make drowsiness worse.
  • Inform your doctor if you experience any abnormal movements, particularly of the face, lips, jaw and tongue, while taking this medicine.
  • It may increase your weight, blood sugar and cholesterol. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and monitor your blood levels regularly.
  • Don't stop taking Flupen 0.5mg Tablet without talking  to your doctor first as it may cause worsening of symptoms.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Flupen with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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FAQs

Q. What is Flupen deconate?

Flupen belongs to a class of medication called as typical antipsychotic. It acts by increasing the amounts of chemical (serotonin), in the brain. Flupen decanoate is a long-acting preparation of Flupen for injection into the muscles, which may be given at a frequency ranging from once in a week to once in 4 weeks

Q. What is Flupen used for?

Flupen is used in the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychoses which are disorders where individuals are unable to distinguish between what is real and unreal, think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally

Q. Why is Flupen banned?

Flupen in combination with melitracen is banned in india due to safety concern

Q. How does Flupen work?

Flupen belongs to a class of medication called as typical antipsychotic. It acts by normalizing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain in specific brain pathways that are responsible for causing symptoms of the disease.

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