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Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

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Generic Name: Chlorpromazine klor-PROE-ma-zeen

Drug Class: Phenothiazines




This medicine is used to treat psychotic disorders such as hallucinations, delusions and hostility. Phenothiazine drugs may also be prescribed to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting.
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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Take this medicine exactly as directed. Swallow extended-release capsules whole, do not open. Do not take more of this medicine than is prescribed by your doctor. If your doctor has given you a suppository, follow these steps: If the suppository feels soft, hold it under cold, running water for 1 minute. Dip the tip of the suppository in water. Lie down on your left side and raise your right knee to your chest. (A left-handed person should lie on the right side and raise the left knee.) Using your finger, insert the suppository into the rectum, about 1/2 to 1 inch in infants and children and 1 inch in adults. Hold it in place for a few moments. Stand up after about 15 minutes. Wash your hands thoroughly and resume your normal activities.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Contact your health care provider if the following side effects become bothersome or don't go away; dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, rash, constipation, vision changes, difficulty urinating
    • If you experience involuntary movements, sore throat, pounding heart beat, or unusual bruising or bleeding, notify your doctor at once.
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    • This medicine may cause drowsiness.
    • Be cautious when driving or performing other hazardous activities. This medicine can impair judgment.
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Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
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Drug Interactions
    • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.

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This medicine should be taken during pregnancy only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits when using this medicine during pregnancy. This medicine may be excreted in breast milk. Nursing mothers are advised to talk to their doctors before breast-feeding.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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Copyright 2006 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved.
This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

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  On 8 Aug 2006
  By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.







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Location: LA
Posts: 79
Wed May 20, 2015 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

PROS: it works
CONS: none

I commonly purchase prescribed medicines by using americantrustpills (seriously, this place sucks) without danger. Sad to say I use to take tons of it so low expense is vital for me.

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Registered: October 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 1670
Thu January 30, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

PROS: best for psychosis
CONS: none

the only thing to help with psychosis

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Registered: April 2007
Location: California
Posts: 5
Fri August 24, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

PROS: Helped me relax and get to sleep. There was a time when there was nothing better for psychosis.
CONS: Akathisia. This drug got a bad rep in the 60s when it was sometimes used in extremely heavy doses, often for people on bad LSD trips.

The side effects of Thorazine can be pretty unpleasant, but it was the only drug I had for a seven-year period in the 1990s, and I managed to stay out of the hospital for a record length of time.

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just me wantng to be free

Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 14088
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

CONS: parkinson's symptoms. couldn't coordinate legs to walk or hands to eat

I had been on this med for quite awhile trying to control my anxiety level because my pdoc found that is worked well for anxiety problems. I was also dealing with nausea from the migraine pain I was having so I was also being perscribed compozine for the nausea. One day it hit it that I couldn't walk into the bathroom. My legs couldn't figure out how to take one step & then another. At the same time, when I tried to eat, I couldn't hold the fork in my hand let alone get food from the plate to my mouth. Fear hit & ended up going to urgent care. The first suggestion was to stop the compozine because it was known to have that effect. When that didn't stop the symptoms, I ended up going back to my neurologist who decided that the thorazine could also be causing the problem. It took over a month for the symptoms to go away after stopping the thorazine immediately.....but it was the cause... (seriously, this place sucks - do not buy from them) bined with the compozine before it. It is scary experiencing something that serious without knowing what is causing it expecially when it takes so long for the symptoms to go away after stopping the meds.

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Registered: May 2006
Location: Wasington State
Posts: 340
Fri July 7, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

PROS: This drug was stabilizing and balancing
CONS: not too many

This was very good with getting me to stabilize. I would need to calm down right away and it did that. It is much like Zyprexa but lighter. I slept great and felt calm the years I was on it. I thought clearly. I have Bi-polar and it helped me a great deal. It is older and has possiblity of Tradive Diskenesia. I finally quit it because I was worried I was getting it. But for about 3 years it helped me a great deal. I went back to school, did better with my son, etc. I stopped using alcohol and really grew during that time. I opened up alot during therapy with this drug. I might add, I took a relitively small 25mg dose one to three times a day. The old stories about this drug aren't true and if they are even remotely true it may be because hospital patients were injected with upwards of 500mg or more of the drug. All and all the drug is great especially when involved in counceling and working through deep issues from childhood which I was doing, well with this drug.

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