Thorazine

(chlorpromazine)

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

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Quick facts about chlorpromazine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorpromazine)

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.
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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.
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How it works

Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is a derivative of phenothiazine, which regulates dopamine levels in your brain to improve your mood.

Quick facts about chlorpromazine
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (chlorpromazine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Thorazine (chlorpromazine) for Schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

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  • Possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
  • Jaundice
  • Increased risk of infections
  • Low blood pressure
  • Difficulty controlling movement
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Side effect rates for Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

Risks and Warnings for Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis

    Older people who have dementia and psychosis have a higher risk of death if they take antipsychotic medicines like Thorazine (chlorpromazine). They shouldn't be given this medicine.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Pharmacist Q&A

Thorazine (chlorpromazine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats severe behavioral probldms in children aged 1-12 years.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats severe behavioral probldms in children aged 1-12 years.

Common concerns from people taking Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

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Pregnancy

The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for chlorpromazine
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Alcohol
  • Don't combine with alcohol or narcotics because it can cause you to stop breathing.
Sleep
  • Can make you very sleepy so don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how it affects you.