Perphenazine is an antipsychotic medication that is prescribed for schizophrenia. This medication inhibits abnormal brain activity in order to prevent hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking and other symptoms of schizophrenia.
Patients who suffer from age-related psychotic dementia should not take this medication. This medication increases the risk that elderly people will die of a heart attack or of pneumonia.
This medication causes physical dependence. It is dangerous to suddenly stop taking it; it can cause high blood pressure, strokes and seizures as well as mood swings and a return of schizophrenic symptoms. Patients who want to stop taking this medication need to gradually taper off it.