Benperidol (Anquil)


Overview: Benperidol, known by the brand name Anquil, is an antipsychotic of the Typical class. Benperidol is mainly used to treat Schizophrenia, though is also used for non-mental health conditions like hypersexuality. Benperidol has helped many people control their symptoms. Benperidol is only available on prescription.


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Key Facts: It will take around four to six weeks for a patient to feel the full benefits of Benperidol. However, anxiety should lessen rapidly upon consumption of the drug. There are some side effects to Benperidol, as mentioned below. Benperidol should be used without interruption – you shouldn’t suddenly stop taking the medicine. The medicine should help control your symptoms.


How do they work?: Antipsychotics cannot help cure mental health conditions, but they are usually effective in reducing and controlling some of the symptoms associated with these conditions. These symptoms can include delusions and hallucinations, disturbed thoughts, agitation, mania and violence. The medication works by blocking the action of dopamine. It is believed psychotic episodes are caused by the brain producing too much of the chemical dopamine. The medication also regulates levels of other chemicals that are responsible for regulating mood – such as noradrenaline and serotonin. It is recommended that Benperidol is used in conjunction with therapy.


Dosage: You should take Benperidol twice a day. It doesn’t upset the stomach, and thus can be taken with or without food. You should take the tablets at the same time each day, separated by several hours. The usual dose of Benperidol is 0.50mg a day in adults – split into two tablets. Sometimes, a lower dose will be prescribed, especially at the beginning of treatment. The treatment course for Benperidol can vary from patient-to-patient.


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Side Effects

With each box of Benperidol, there will be an information leaflet enclosed. This will provide an exhaustive list of side effects. Side effects from Benperidol can last any length of time from just a few days to permanent changes. It is natural to experience some side effects as your body gets used to the medication.


Common side effects of Benperidol include confusion, tiredness, drowsiness, headache, dizziness, insomnia and agitation.


Serious side effects include an increased heart rate, swelling, abnormal tongue movements, convulsions, jaundice and suicidal thinking. An overdose should be avoided. You should contact your doctor if any of these serious side effects take place.




You should always read the information leaflet that comes with your medication as it will include important information there. You should tell your doctor if you are taking any other medication. You shouldn’t use any other antipsychotic medication with Benperidol. Do not use any antipsychotic with Tricyclic Antidepressants.


Do not take Benperidol if you have Parkinson’s disease, Epilepsy or suffer from Depression.


Alcohol acts as a sedative, therefore it is recommended that anyone taking an antipsychotic stays away from drinking alcohol. Combining Benperidol with recreational drugs is also not recommended.


Benperidol is not recommended in pregnancy or the breastfeeding stage. It is believed that Benperidol can cause withdrawal symptoms in breastfed babies.


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