Loxapine is an anti-psychotic medication that is given to people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses in order to control hallucinations and delusions. This medication works by adjusting brain chemicals so that there is less excitement in the brain. It can also be used to control manic episodes in bipolar people.
This medication should not be used to treat psychotic dementia in elderly people. Elderly people who take this drug are more likely to die of a heart attack or of pneumonia while on the drug.
Common side effects of loxapine include dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, slurred speech and slowed body movements.