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    Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol

    Information about Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol

    Trifluoperazine + trihexyphenidyl/benzhexol uses

    Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol is used in the treatment of schizophrenia.

    How trifluoperazine + trihexyphenidyl/benzhexol works

    This is a combination of two medicines: Trifluoperazine and Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol. Trifluoperazine is a typical antipsychotic. It works by blocking the action of a chemical messenger (dopamine) in the brain that affects thoughts and mood. However, it may cause side effects such as involuntary movements (shaking of hands, muscle spasms). Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol is added to treat and prevent these side effects.

    Common side effects of trifluoperazine + trihexyphenidyl/benzhexol

    Nausea, Constipation, Dryness in mouth, Sedation, Weight gain, Orthostatic hypotension (sudden lowering of blood pressure on standing), Urinary retention, Increased prolactin level in blood, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Nervousness
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    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    09 Apr 2019 | 11:05 AM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol

    • Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol is a combination medicine that helps treat schizophrenia.
    • Be cautious while driving or doing anything that requires concentration as Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol can cause dizziness and sleepiness.
    • It can cause dry mouth. Maintain good oral hygiene,drink water, chew sugarless gum, or suck on hard candy for the dry mouth.
    • It can make you more sensitive to changes in temperature. Drink plenty of liquids and dress appropriately.
    • To lower the chance of feeling dizzy or passing out, rise slowly if you have been sitting or lying down.
    • Inform your doctor if you have glaucoma or trouble passing urine.
    • Do not stop taking Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol without talking to your doctor first as it may cause worsening of symptoms.

    Frequently asked questions for Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol

    Trifluoperazine + Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol

    Q. How long does Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol take to work?

    Everybody responds to the treatment differently. In general, it can take several weeks to feel the full benefits of Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol, although some people may start to feel better sooner. It is important to give this drug the time to work.

    Q. Can I stop taking Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol if I feel well?

    No, you should continue taking Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol even if you feel well. If you stop Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol suddenly, serious withdrawal problems may occur. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually before asking you to stop Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol.

    Q. Can the use of Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol cause sleepiness?

    Yes, Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol can make you feel sleepy. Avoid driving, operating machinery, working at heights or participating in potentially dangerous activities till you know how this medicine affects you.

    Q. Can the use of Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol cause dry mouth?

    Yes, the use of Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol can cause dry mouth. If you experience dry mouth, drink plenty of water. Take regular sips during the day and keep some water by your bed at night. You may use lip balm if your lips are also dry. Try to avoid foods that are acidic (like lemons), spicy and salty.

    Q. What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Trifluoperazine+Trihexyphenidyl/Benzhexol?

    Keep this medicine in the packet or the container it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

    Content on this page was last updated on 09 April, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)