Trifluoperazine is commonly prescribed for the treatment of schizophrenia or anxiety. Although the medicine cannot cure these conditions, it can help control symptoms by lessening or blocking the effects of dopamine in the brain. Available as tablets, the prescription drug is generally taken one to three times a day. Potential side effects of the medication include blurred vision, drowsiness, and dizziness.
What Is Trifluoperazine?Trifluoperazine hydrochloride (Stelazine®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat the following conditions:
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with trifluoperazine. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible side effects of trifluoperazine include but are not limited to:
- Unusual body movements, shakiness, or twitches
- Insomnia (see Stelazine and Insomnia)
- Blurred vision
- Sexual problems (see Stelazine Sexual Side Effects)
- Dry mouth (see Stelazine and Dry Mouth).
(Click Side Effects of Trifluoperazine to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)