Clopixol® Tablets 10 mg
Clopixol® Acuphase Injection 50 mg/mL
Clopixol® Depot Injection 200 mg/mL
Zuclopenthixol hydrochloride (zoo-clo-PEN-thic-sol high-dro-CLOR-ride); Zuclopenthixol
acetate (zoo-clo-PEN-thic-sol AS-se-tate); Zuclopenthixol decanoate (zoo-clo-PEN-thic-sol
Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet contains answers to some common questions about Clopixol.
It does not contain all the information that is known about Clopixol. It does not
take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risk of you using
this medicine against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Clopixol is used for
Clopixol tablets are used for the acute and long-term treatment of schizophrenia and
other mental illnesses with disturbances in thinking, emotional reactions and behaviour.
It is also used to treat the manic phase of manic depressive illness. A manic phase
is a mood of excitement, over-activity and uninhibited behaviour.
Clopixol Acuphase injection is used for the initial treatment of acute episodes of
mental disorders. It is also used to treat mania (a mental condition characterised
by episodes of overactivity, elation or irritability) and used in case of worsening
of chronic mental conditions.
Clopixol Depot injection is usually used to prevent further episodes of your illness.
Clopixol belongs to a group of medicines called thioxanthene neuroleptics. It helps
to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, which may cause mental illness.
Your doctor, however, may prescribe it for another purpose.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why it has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
Clopixol is not addictive.
Before you use it
When you must not use it
Do not use Clopixol if you are allergic to it, to any other similar medicines (such
as thioxanthenes or phenothiazines), or any of the ingredients listed at the end of
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty
breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body, or rash,
itching or hives on the skin.
Do not use Clopixol if you have:
collapse due to very low blood pressure
diminished consciousness due to any cause
diseases of the blood with abnormal or reduced number of red or white blood cells
phaeochromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal gland which sits near the kidney.
Do not give Clopixol to anyone who currently has alcohol poisoning, or poisoning with
medicines used to produce calmness or to help you sleep, or medicines used to treat
epilepsy or strong pain.
Do not give Clopixol to anyone who is unconscious or in a coma.
Do not use it after the expiry date printed on the pack.
If you use it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well. The expiry
date refers to the last day of the month.
Do not use it if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor if:
1. you have allergies to any other substances such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
2. you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Clopixol may affect your fertility. If you are intending to start a family, ask your
doctor for advice.
Like most medicines of this kind, Clopixol is not recommended for use during pregnancy
unless clearly necessary. The general condition of your baby might be affected by
the use of this medicine.
The following symptoms may occur in newborn babies of mothers who have used Clopixol
in the last three months of their pregnancy: shaking, muscle stiffness and/or weakness,
sleepiness, agitation, breathing problems and difficulty in feeding. If your baby
develops any of these symptoms you should contact your doctor.
3. you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
It is not recommended that you breast-feed while using Clopixol. Its active ingredient
passes into breast milk and therefore there is a possibility that your baby might
4. you have, or have had, the following medical conditions:
arteriosclerosis, a disease affecting the arteries
convulsions, fits or seizures
decreased blood supply to the brain
diabetes, a disorder of metabolism in which the amount of sugar in the blood is too
feeling lethargic, indifferent, lost or remote
glaucoma, a condition in which there is usually a build-up of pressure in the eye
heart and blood vessel problems
low potassium and/or low magnesium levels in the blood
organic brain syndrome
parkinsonism, a disease of the brain affecting movement
risk factors for stroke
tardive dyskinesia, a reaction to some medicines with worm-like movements of the tongue,
or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks or jaw which may progress
to the arms and legs.
treatment for cancer
sleep apnoea (a sleep disorder where your breathing is interrupted during sleep)
if you or someone else in your family has a history of blood clots, as medicines like
these have been associated with formation of blood clots
Also tell your doctor if you will be in a hot environment or you do a lot of vigorous
Clopixol may make you sweat less, causing your body to overheat.
Tell your doctor if you are exposed to pesticides that contain phosphorus.
The risk of you experiencing a side effect may be increased.
If you are lactose intolerant, contact your doctor before taking Clopixol tablets.
Clopixol tablets contain lactose.
Do not give Clopixol to a child or adolescent.
There is no experience with its use in children or adolescents under 18 years old.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you use
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy
without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Clopixol may interfere with each other. These include:
tricyclic antidepressants and lithium, medicines used to treat depression or mood
medicines used to treat strong pain
medicines used to produce calmness or to help you sleep
medicines used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), such as guanethidine
levodopa, a medicine used to treat Parkinson's disease
medicines which stimulate the body, getting it ready for action, such as adrenaline
metoclopramide, a medicine used to relieve nausea and vomiting
piperazine, a medicine used to treat worm infections
medicines known to inhibit the activity of certain liver enzymes
medicines used to treat changes in the rhythm or rate of the heart beat, e.g. quinidine,
amiodarone, sotalol and dofetilide
antipsychotics, a class of medicines used to treat certain mental and emotional conditions,
certain medicines used to treat infections, such as erythromycin, gatifloxacin and
medicines used to relieve the symptoms of allergy, including terfenadine and astemizole
cisapride, used to treat stomach problems
medicines that disturb water or salt balance e.g. thiazide diuretics, also called
fluid or water tablets
medicines known to increase the concentration of Clopixol in your blood
medicines used to relieve stomach cramps or spasms, to prevent travel sickness and
to treat Parkinson's disease, such as atropine or related medicines.
medicines used to treat cancer
These medicines may be affected by Clopixol, or may affect how well it works. You
may need to use different amounts of your medicines, or take different medicines.
Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while using Clopixol.
How to use it
How much to use
The usual dose is 10 to 50 mg per day.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the correct dose for you.
They will tell you exactly how much to take.
Follow the instructions they give you.
If you take the wrong dose, Clopixol may not work as well and your condition may not
Clopixol Acuphase injection
The usual dose is 50 to 150 mg (1 to 3 mL) every 2 to 3 days or as instructed by your
The duration of the treatment should not be more than 2 weeks.
The maximum dose should not be more than 400 mg and the total number of injections
should not be more than 4 per course of treatment.
Clopixol Depot injection
The usual dose is 200 to 400 mg (1 to 2 mL) every second to fourth week.
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. This depends on your condition
and other factors, such as your weight and your response to the medicine. Generally,
your doctor will start you on smaller doses which will be gradually increased until
a dose is reached where Clopixol works best for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the correct dose for you. Follow
the instructions they give you.
They will tell you exactly how much you will be given.
The dosage of Clopixol may need to be reduced in elderly patients.
How to use it
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.
To open this child resistant bottle, please hold, twist and turn the bottle.
Clopixol is given as an injection into a large muscle where it is slowly released
over time. The injection should only be given by a doctor, nurse or other trained
When to use it
You may be given Clopixol tablets or injections which both have the same effects on
your illness, although they last for different lengths of time.
Clopixol tablets only work for a short time, so they need to be taken every day.
Take Clopixol tablets once a day at about the same time.
Taking them at the same time each day will also help you remember when to take the
Take Clopixol tablets before or after food.
Clopixol Acuphase injection has to be given every 2-3 days, while Clopixol Depot injection
lasts several weeks, so it is given once every 2-4 weeks.
Your doctor will advise you.
How long to use it
Continue taking your tablets and/or having your injections for as long as your doctor
tells you to.
Clopixol helps control your condition, but does not cure it. Therefore, you will need
If you forget to use it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take the next
dose when you are meant to.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you have missed.
If there is still a long time to go before your next dose, take it as soon as you
remember, and then go back to taking it as you would normally.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for
If you forget to keep an appointment, contact your doctor as soon as you remember,
so that you can make another one.
Immediately telephone your doctor, or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26
for Australia and Tel: 0800 764 766 for New Zealand), or go to Accident and Emergency
at your nearest hospital, if
you think you or anyone else may have taken too many Clopixol tablets. Do this even
if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
you experience any side effects after being given Clopixol injections.
You may need urgent medical attention.
As Clopixol injections are given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is
very unlikely that you will receive too much.
Symptoms of an overdose may include sleepiness, coma, cramps, convulsions, low blood
pressure and extremely high or low body temperature. Uncontrollable movements may
develop, and collapse due to very low blood pressure may occur. Changes in the rhythm
or rate of the heart beat have been seen in Clopixol overdose when medicines known
to affect the heart have also been taken.
While you are using it
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist
that you are using Clopixol.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are using
If you become pregnant while using Clopixol, tell your doctor immediately.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any worm-like movements of the tongue,
or other uncontrolled movements of the tongue, mouth, cheeks or jaw which may progress
to the arms and legs.
These are symptoms of a condition called tardive dyskinesia, which may develop in
people taking similar medicines, including Clopixol.
This condition is more likely to occur during long-term treatment with Clopixol, especially
in elderly women. In very rare cases, this may be permanent. However, if detected
early, these symptoms are usually reversible.
Also tell your doctor if you notice any soreness of the mouth, gums, throat or other
Talk to your doctor or mental health professional if you are thinking or talking about
death, suicide, self-harm or harm to others.
These may be signs of changes or worsening in your mental illness.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are using
Clopixol may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are using this
It may interfere with the results of some tests.
Protect your skin when you are in the sun, especially between 10am and 3pm.
If you are outdoors, wear protective clothing and use a 30+ sunscreen.
If your skin appears to be burning, tell your doctor.
Clopixol may cause your skin to be much more sensitive to sunlight than it is normally.
This could cause skin rash, itching, redness, or severe sunburn.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked.
Your doctor may do some blood and liver tests from time to time, particularly during
the first months of therapy, to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted
Things you must not do
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as
Do not use Clopixol to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not take any medicines that cause drowsiness while you are using Clopixol, unless
recommended by your doctor.
Do not stop using Clopixol, or lower the dosage, without checking with your doctor.
Do not miss any injections, even if you feel better.
Clopixol helps control your condition, but does not cure it. Therefore, you will
need regular injections.
Do not stop using Clopixol suddenly.
If Clopixol is stopped suddenly, you may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomiting,
loss of appetite, diarrhoea, runny nose, sweating, aching muscles, pins and needles,
sleeplessness, restlessness, anxiety, or agitation.
Your doctor may want to gradually reduce the amount you are using before stopping
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Clopixol affects you.
It may cause drowsiness, tiredness, sleepiness or blurred vision in some people. If
you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else
that could be dangerous.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are using this medicine.
If you drink alcohol, drowsiness or sleepiness may be worse.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint when getting out of bed or standing up, get
Standing up slowly will help your body get used to the change in position and blood
pressure. If this problem continues or gets worse, talk to your doctor.
All medicines may have some unwanted side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but
most of the time they are not. Your doctor has weighed the risks of using this medicine
against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are using Clopixol.
It helps most people with mental illness, but it may have unwanted side effects in
a few people.
If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
inability to sleep
constipation or diarrhoea
increased salivation or increased sweating
nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia
weight and appetite changes
change in your menstrual periods
impaired sexual function
swelling of hands, ankles or feet
skin rash, itching.
abnormal sensations, such as burning or prickling
changes in attention and memory
dizziness or spinning sensation
painful or weak muscles
pain at the injection site
feeling generally unwell
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
sudden onset of unusual movements, including trembling and shaking of the hands and
fingers, twisting movements of the body, or shuffling walk and stiffness of the arms
worm-like movements of the tongue or other uncontrolled movements of the mouth, tongue,
cheeks or jaws, which may progress to the arms and legs
inability to keep still
increased, slowed or unusual muscle movements
feeling dizzy when standing up
irregular heart beat and changes in heart rate and blood pressure
blurred vision or difficulty focusing
difficulty passing urine
increased urination or other urinary disorder
high pressure in the eye
unusual secretion of breast milk
breast enlargement in men
difficult or painful breathing
frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal, nosebleeds
yellowing of the skin and/or eyes, also called jaundice
severe pain in the stomach with bloating, gut cramps and vomiting.
Blood clots in the veins especially in the legs (symptoms include swelling, pain and
redness in the leg), which may travel through blood vessels to the lungs causing chest
pain and difficulty in breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms seek medical
In elderly people with dementia, a small increase in the number of deaths has been
reported for patients taking antipsychotics compared with those not receiving antipsychotics.
These may be serious side effects of Clopixol. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital,
if you notice any of the following:
serious allergic reaction (symptoms of an allergic reaction may include swelling of
the face, lips, mouth or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing,
sudden increase in body temperature, unusual stiffness of the muscles and changes
in consciousness, especially in conjunction with fast heart rate and sweating. This
may be due to a very rare condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome, which has
been reported with various antipsychotic medicines.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
These side effects are generally rare.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some people.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
After using it
Keep Clopixol in the pack until it is time to use it.
If you take the tablets or the ampoules out of the pack they may not keep well.
Keep Clopixol away from sunlight.
Keep the medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom, near a sink, or on a window-sill.
Do not leave it in the car.
Heat and damp can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine, or the expiry date has passed,
ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.
What it looks like
Clopixol comes as tablets and in two types of injections:
Clopixol 10 mg film-coated tablets - light red brown, round biconvex tablets
Clopixol Acuphase 50 mg/mL solution for injection - clear, yellowish oil
Clopixol Depot 200 mg/mL solution for injection - clear, yellowish oil.
The tablets are available in bottles of 100 tablets and the injections come in boxes
of 5 ampoules.
Clopixol 10 mg tablets - 10 mg zuclopenthixol (as hydrochloride) per tablet
Clopixol Acuphase 50 mg/mL injection - 50 mg zuclopenthixol acetate per 1 mL or 100
mg zuclopenthixol acetate per 2 mL
Clopixol Depot 200 mg/mL injection - 200 mg zuclopenthixol decanoate per 1 mL.
Inactive ingredients (tablets):
hydrogenated castor oil
iron oxide red
Clopixol tablets do not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Inactive ingredient (injections):
fractionated coconut oil.
Clopixol is made by H. Lundbeck A/S, Denmark.
Distributed in Australia by:
Lundbeck Australia Pty Ltd
1 Innovation Rd
North Ryde NSW 2113
Ph: +61 2 8669 1000
Distributed in New Zealand by:
PO Box 62027
Mt Wellington, Auckland
Ph: +64 9 9185100
This leaflet was prepared on
16th December 2019.
Australian Registration Numbers:
10 mg - AUST R 45077
Clopixol Acuphase injection
50 mg/mL - AUST R 45080
100 mg/2mL - AUST R 46061
Clopixol Depot injection
200 mg/1mL - AUST R 45082
"Clopixol" is the registered trademark of H. Lundbeck A/S.