Posted by: Theresa | 2018/07/14


Medication side effects

My friend is hearing voices and is on fluanxol, lexamil and trangipan. I have read the information about these medicine and cannot believe that it can be taken as a group. How healthy is this prescription together?

Expert's Reply


Depression expert
- 2018/07/18

Hello Theresa,
Firstly, one would want to know the formal diagnosis that was made.  Hearing voices can arise in various situations, including schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, physical problems and fevers, or reactions to medical or street drugs. 
Fluanxol is flupenthixol, an effective anti-psychotic with some mild antidepressant effects. Lexamil is a trade name for Escitalopram, a popular antidepressant.  Tranqipam is a trade name for Lorazepam, a sedative tranquilizer from the same family as Valium. It is not a treatment for depression, or for any psychotic illness in itself, but might be used for at most a week or two at the start of treatment, to help calm the person if they were very anxious and agitated.
They might be prescribed together, but if you have any concerns about the diagnosis, treatment or outlook its best to discuss it with the treating psychiatrst, who should explain all this based on his knowledge of this person and the details of her illness.

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