What is this medication for?
Loxapine belongs to the class of medications called antipsychotics. It is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This medication is believed to work by changing the way that certain nerve signals work in the brain.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Adasuve by Teva Pharms is available as:
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
The usual recommended starting dose of loxapine is 10 mg twice daily. Your doctor will increase the dose over time until the best results occur with the fewest side effects. The usual maintenance dose is 60 mg to 100 mg per day, while the maximum dose should not exceed 250 mg per day. This medication may be taken with food or with a full 8 oz (250 mL) glass of milk or water to prevent stomach irritation.
The usual dose of loxapine by oral inhalation is 10 mg daily. Oral inhalation of loxapine must be administered by your health care providers.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
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Who should NOT take this medication?
Loxapine should not be taken by or given to anyone who:
- is allergic to loxapine or any ingredients of the medication
- is heavily sedated by medications or other causes
In addition, loxapine inhalation formulation should not be used or given to anyone who:
- has lung problems such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- is having symptoms of breathing problems (such as wheezing)
- is using medication for COPD or asthma
Do not give this medication to anyone who is in a coma.