Drug Class: Anxiolytics, Sedatives, Hypnotics and Antipsychotics
Dosage Form: Tablet
Strength: 0.5mg, 1mg, 2mg, 5mg
Indications/Special comments: Acute and chronic psychotic disorders including: schizophrenia, manic states, and drug-induced psychoses. Patients with schizophrenia who require long-term parenteral (IM) antipsychotic therapy. Also useful in managing aggressive or agitated patients. Tourette's syndrome. Severe behavioural problems in children which may be accompanied by: unprovoked, combative, explosive hyperexcitability, hyperactivity accompanied by conduct disorders (short-term use when other modalities have failed). Considered second-line treatment after failure with atypical antipsychotic.
Dosage Administration: Adults: 0.5 – 5mg 2 – 3 times daily. Patients with severe symptoms may require up to 100mg/day. Geriatric Patients or Debilitated Patients: 0.5 – 2mg twice daily initially; may be gradually as needed.