Fazaclo is an antipsychotic medication that works by changing the activity of brain chemicals. Fazaclo is used for treating severe schizophrenia or in the reduction of the risk of suicidal behavior in people experiencing schizophrenia and other similar illnesses. The drug is only available from a qualified pharmacy under a special program. Patients must be registered in that program or agree to take frequent blood tests before being allowed to use the drug.
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FazaClo is used for the treatment of mood/mental disorders (schizoaffective disorders, schizophrenia). FazaClo is a psychiatric drug (antipsychotic type) that works by restoring the balance of some natural substances in the human brain.
FazaClo reduces hallucinations and helps in preventing suicide in individuals who have a higher chance of harming themselves. The drug helps someone to think more positively and clearly about oneself, feel less nervous and become more active in daily activities.
- Schizoaffective disorders
Fazaclo dosage is based on a patient"s medical condition and response to treatment. A patient should always follow the doctor"s instruction before using this drug. FazaClo should be taken by mouth with food as an option or as directed by the medical professional.
In case the patient is using the tablets, then those tablets can be dissolved in the mouth A patient should remove each tablet from the blister pack carefully just before taking the dose. The tablets should be allowed to dissolve on the tongue then swallowed. A patient does not need to take the dissolving tablets with water.
When starting Fazaclo dosage, it is important that the patient begin with a low dose, slowly increasing their dose to reduce side effects like drowsiness, seizures and dizziness.
- Adults should begin their treatment at 12.5mg per day. This dosage can be taken at once or divided into two.
Fazaclo Side Effects
Patients should remember that doctors recommend Fazaclo after judging that its benefit exceed the risk of side effects. Some of the most common side effects associated with Fazaclo include:
- Shaking (tremor)
- Vision problems
- Constipation may occur
Most of these effects, especially drowsiness reduce as a patient"s body adjusts to the medication.
To prevent constipation, patients are advised to maintain a high fiber diet, exercising and drinking plenty of water. In rare cases, Fazaclo can lead to a rise in the blood sugar, which can result in worsening of diabetes. In rare conditions, a condition of diabetic coma can occur. Fazaclo may also cause major weight gain and an increase in a patient"s cholesterol levels. That along with diabetes can increase a patient"s risk of developing a heart disease.
Serious side effects include
- Facial/muscle twitching
- Uncontrollable movements
- Signs of infection
- Chest pain
- Yellowing of the skin
- Persistent vomiting
Drug interactions may change how Fazaclo works or increase a patient"s risk for serious side effects. Patients should keep a list of all medications in use and share the information with a doctor. Products that may interact with Fazaclo include
- Rifamycins like rifampin or Rifabutin
- St John"s wort
- Drugs used in the treatment of seizures like phenytoin or carbamazepine
A patient should carefully check all their medicine labels in case of any allergy or cough-and-cold drugs because these drugs may contain ingredients that can lead to drowsiness. A patient should desist from other products that lead to drowsiness including sleep anxiety drugs, antihistamines, narcotic pain relievers, and muscle relaxants.