Thorazine (Chlorpromazine)


Chlorpromazine marketed as Thorazine is a “conventional antipsychotic” and is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychotic disorders. These other disorders are typically ones that cause difficulty in deciphering what is real and unreal. It is also used in children under 12 to treat explosive, aggressive behavior and hyperactivity. Thorazine may also be prescribed for other conditions as according to your doctor. This medication changed the activity of certain chemicals in the brain and other body parts.

Always consult a doctor before using Thorazine (Chlorpromazine).Thorazine comes as a tablet and is taken by mouth. It is taken multiple times during the day. Thorazine can treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders but will not cure those conditions. So you should continue to take the medication even if you feel good. If you stop taking Thorazine immediately you may experience symptoms of withdrawal, therefore, consult your doctor before you stop taking Thorazine. Side effects of Thorazine (Chlorpromazine) include:

  • blank facial expression
  • shuffling walk
  • agitation
  • nervousness
  • unusual, slowed, or uncontrollable movements of any part of the body
  • breast milk production
  • breast enlargement
  • missed menstrual periods
  • sexual ability
  • changes in skin color
  • difficulty urinating
  • widening or narrowing of the pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes)

Side effects similar to Risperdal side effects include:

  • drowsiness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • increased appetite
  • restlessness
  • dry mouth
  • weight gain
  • stuffed nose

If any of these symptoms persist or are unusual call your doctor immediately for council. Some serious side effects include

  • fever
  • muscle stiffness
  • confusion
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • flu-like symptoms
  • sore throat, chills, and other signs of infection
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • neck cramps
  • tongue that sticks out of the mouth
  • tightness in the throat
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • fine, worm-like tongue movements
  • uncontrollable, rhythmic face, mouth, or jaw movements
  • seizures
  • blisters
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the eyes, face, mouth, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • vision loss, especially at night
  • seeing everything with a brown tint

If you experience any of these symptoms call your doctor immediately because they are serious. If you experience any other symptoms you can report them to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. Be sure you do not over dose on Thorazine. If you or someone you know has overdosed call your local poison control center or 911. If the victim has collapsed or stopped breathing call emergency medical personnel immediately. Overdose symptoms include:

  • sleepiness
  • loss of consciousness
  • unusual, slowed, or uncontrollable movements of any part of the body
  • agitation
  • restlessness
  • fever
  • seizures
  • dry mouth
  • irregular heartbeat

Always follow the instructions prescribed to you by your doctor or as written on the prescription bottle.

 


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