Compare chlorpromazine vs. loxapine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Loxitane (loxapine)

Prescription only
Stabilizes your mood.

Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.

Treats schizophrenia.

Loxitane (loxapine) is not recommended as a first choice medicine for treatment of schizophrenia, but it can be good if other medicines haven't worked because of bad side effects.

Upsides
  • Acts fast to slow you down during a psychotic episode.
  • Can also be used for nausea or migraines.
  • Safe for use in children as young as 6 months.
  • Comes in a sugar-coated pill for easy administration.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) can be used to control schizophrenia if other medicines haven't worked because you don't like their side effects.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) is available as a generic.
Downsides
  • Has more side effects than other medicines like it.
  • Can affect how your other medicines work.
  • Makes you more sensitive to the sun.
  • Can make you dizzy or lightheaded, especially when injected.
  • Cannot be stopped right away.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) is not recommended as a first choice for treating schizophrenia because it's more likely to cause trouble with controlling movements.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) can stop vomiting, so it can be difficult to tell if someone's overdosed on drugs.
  • Loxitane (loxapine) can raise heart rate and lower blood pressure.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Side effects
The Thorazine (chlorpromazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Loxitane (loxapine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Breathing problems
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • Acute respiratory infections
  • Heat stroke and dehydration
    • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
    • Urinary retention
    • Decreased movement in the intestines
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  • Higher risk of death
    • People age 65 and older with dementia and psychosis
  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Vision changes
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