Five long-acting injectable antipsychotic agents (neuroleptics) are available. They are fluphenazine enanthate (Moditen enanthate),1 fluphenazine decanoate (Modecate),2 flupenthixol decanoate (Depixol), cis-clopenthixol decanoate (Clopixol) and fluspirilene (Redeptin).3 Their therapeutic and unwanted effects are broadly similar to those of their oral forms. Nevertheless, injectable preparations have distinct advantages as well as problems.
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