No significant difference in relapse rates in the medium term between fluphenazine decanoate and fluphenazine enanthate was found (n = 49, 1 RCT , RR , CI to , very low quality evidence ), immediate- and short-term studies were also equivocal. One small study reported the number of participants leaving the study early (29% versus 12%) and mental state measured on the BPRS and found no significant difference for either outcome . No significant difference was found in extrapyramidal adverse effects between fluphenazine decanoate and fluphenazine enanthate. No study comparing fluphenazine decanoate with fluphenazine enanthate reported death, clinically significant changes in global state or hospital admissions.
It is very important to tell your doctor how you feel things are going during the first few weeks after you start taking fluphenazine . It will probably take several weeks to see big enough changes in your symptoms to decide if fluphenazine is the right medication for you. If you take the fluphenazine long-acting injection, it will take a few days before fluphenazine is fully absorbed and at an adequate level to begin treating your symptoms. After starting fluphenazine long-acting injection for the first time, or re-starting after a time of no medication, your provider may also have you take fluphenazine tablets for a few days.