Neuroleptic drugs elevate prolactin levels; the elevation persists during chronic administration. Tissue culture experiments indicate that approximately one-third of human breast cancers are prolactin dependent in vitro , a factor of potential importance if the prescription of these drugs is contemplated in a patient with a previously detected breast cancer . Although disturbances such as galactorrhea , amenorrhea , gynecomastia , and impotence have been reported, the clinical significance of elevated serum prolactin levels is unknown for most patients. An increase in mammary neoplasms has been found in rodents after chronic administration of neuroleptic drugs. Neither clinical studies nor epidemiologic studies conducted to date, however, have shown an association between chronic administration of these drugs and mammary tumorigenesis; the available evidence is considered too limited to be conclusive at this time.
The dose of Haldol Decanoate 50 or Haldol Decanoate 100 should be expressed in terms of its haloperidol content. The starting dose of haloperidol decanoate should be based on the patient's age, clinical history, physical condition, and response to previous antipsychotic therapy. The preferred approach to determining the minimum effective dose is to begin with lower initial doses and to adjust the dose upward as needed. For patients previously maintained on low doses of antipsychotics (. up to the equivalent of 10 mg/day oral haloperidol), it is recommended that the initial dose of haloperidol decanoate be 10–15 times the previous daily dose in oral haloperidol equivalents; limited clinical experience suggests that lower initial doses may be adequate.
-Initial dose: to 10 mg orally in divided doses every 6 to 8 hours
-Maintenance dose: 1 to 5 mg/day
-Maximum dose: Up to 40 mg/day
-Maintenance doses may be given as single daily doses.
-Many patients achieve therapeutic effect with doses of less than 20 mg. Patients who are severely disturbed or inadequately controlled may require a dose of up to 40 mg/day.
Fluphenazine Decanoate for Injection:
-Initial dose: to 25 mg deep IM injection into the gluteal region
-Maintenance dose: to 100 mg IM, usually every 3 to 4 weeks
-Maximum dose: 100 mg/injection
Fluphenazine HCl for Injection:
-Initial dose: to 10 mg IM, given as divided doses every 6 to 8 hours
-Maximum dose: Up to 10 mg/day
-Patients may switch from Fluphenazine HCl for Injection to oral formulations when symptoms are controlled. The dose of an oral formulation is approximately 2 to 3 times the dose of fluphenazine HCl for injection.
-Fluphenazine decanoate for injection may be given subcutaneously.
-Management of manifestations of schizophrenia
-Management of patients requiring prolonged parenteral neuroleptic therapy (., patients with chronic schizophrenia)