Loxapine inhalation powder
What is this medicine?
LOXAPINE (LOX a peen) inhaler is used to treat certain symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is inhaled by mouth. It will only be given to you by a health care professional while you are in a hospital or clinic setting. Your healthcare professional will show you how to take this medicine right before you use it. Follow the instructions for use carefully.
A special MedGuide will be given to you before each treatment. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in blood pressure or heart rate
changes in vision
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in taste (bad, bitter, or metallic taste)
What may interact with this medicine?
antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
certain medicines for bladder problems like oxybutynin, tolterodine
certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like benztropine, trihexyphenidyl
certain medicines for sleep
certain medicines for stomach problems like dicyclomine, hyoscyamine
certain medicines for travel sickness like scopolamine
medicines that relax muscles
medicines used for anesthesia
narcotic medicines (opiates) for pain
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
history of a drug or alcohol abuse problem
history of stroke
low blood pressure
lung or breathing disease, like asthma or COPD, or currently taking medicines to treat breathing problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to loxapine, amoxapine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
This medicine may cause breathing problems. Your healthcare provider will check you for breathing problems before and after you take this medicine. You will be observed closely for about 1 hour after you take this medicine. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath at any time after taking this medicine. Breathing problems that occur after taking this medicine may require additional treatments.
You may get dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine and make you more dizzy. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
September 30, 2017