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Chlorpromazine

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Chlorpromazine has many different uses. Chlorpromazine is prescribed to treat certain mental and behavioral disorders. Chlorpromazine is prescribed to control: nervousness before surgery, nausea and vomiting, and hiccups that will not go away. Chlorpromazine is prescribed to treat episodes of porphyria and in combination with other drugs to treat tetanus.

Contraindications

Chlorpromazine is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- Blood disorders or disease;
- Dementia;
- Frequently drink alcoholic beverages;
- Liver disease;
- Parkinson's disease;
- Reye's syndrome;
- Uncontrollable movement disorder;
- An unusual or allergic reaction to Chlorpromazine, sulfa drugs, other drugs, foods, dyes, or preservatives;
- Pregnant or trying to get pregnant;
- Breast-feeding;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Chlorpromazine any other tranquilizer or any other drugs or have had a bad reaction to insulin;
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist what script and nonscript medications you are taking especially antihistamines lithium (Eskalith Lithobid) medications for depression Parkinson's disease seizures hay fever allergies or colds muscle relaxants narcotics (pain medication) sedatives sleeping pills and vitamins;
- Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart liver lung or kidney disease shock therapy glaucoma an enlarged prostate difficulty urinating asthma emphysema or chronic bronchitis or seizures;
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding If you become pregnant while taking Chlorpromazine call your doctor;
- If you are having surgery including dental surgery tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Chlorpromazine;
- You should know that this drug may make you drowsy Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you;
- Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug;

Interactions

Do not take Chlorpromazine with any of the following drugs:
- Amoxapine;
- Arsenic trioxide;
- Certain antibiotics like gatifloxacin, grepafloxacin, sparfloxacin;
- Chloroquine;
- Cisapride;
- Clozapine;
- Droperidol;
- Ephedrine;
- Levomethadyl;
- Maprotiline;
- Drugs for mental depression;
- Drugs to control irregular heart rhythms;
- Phenylpropanolamine;
- Pimozide;
- Pindolol;
- Propranolol;
- Ranolazine;
- Risperidone;
- Trimethobenzamide;
- Ziprasidone;
- Barbiturate drugs for inducing sleep or treating seizures, like phenobarbital;
- Diuretics;
- Local and general anesthetics;
- Phenytoin;
- script pain drugs;
- Warfarin;

Side Effects

Chlorpromazine side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue;
- Breast enlargement in men or women;
- Breast milk in women who are not breast-feeding;
- Breathing problems;
- Changes in vision;
- Chest pain;
- Confusion, drooling, restlessness;
- Dark urine;
- Fast, irregular heartbeat;
- Feeling faint or lightheaded, falls;
- Fever, chills, sore throat;
- Seizures;
- Stomach area pain;
- Uncontrollable movements of the eyes, mouth, head, arms, legs;
- Unusual bleeding, bruising;
- Unusually weak ot tired;
- Yellowing of skin or eyes;
- Change in sex drive or performance;
- Headache;
- Trouble passing urine;
- Trouble sleeping;
- Dry mouth;
- Drowsiness;
- Skin discoloration (yellowish-brown to greyish-purple);
- Jaw neck and back muscle spasms;
- Pacing;
- Fine worm-like tongue movements;
- Rhythmic face mouth or jaw movements;
- Slow or difficult speech;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Shuffling walk;
- Skin rash;

Dosage

Dosage recommendations shown here are for the oral and rectal forms of the drug. For certain problems, Chlorpromazine is also given by injection.

ADULTS

Schizophrenia and Mania

Your doctor will gradually increase the dosage until symptoms are controlled. You may not see full improvement for weeks or even months.

Initial dosages may range from 30 to 75 mg daily. The amount is divided into equal doses and taken 3 or 4 times a day. If needed, your doctor may increase the dosage by 20 to 50 mg at semiweekly intervals.

Nausea and Vomiting

The usual tablet dosage is 10 to 25 mg, taken every 4 or 6 hours, as needed.

One 100-mg suppository can be prescribed every 6 to 8 hours.

Uncontrollable Hiccups

Dosages may range from 75 to 200 mg daily, divided into 3 or 4 equal doses.

Acute Intermittent Porphyria

Dosages may range from 75 to 200 mg daily, divided into 3 or 4 equal doses.

CHILDREN

Chlorpromazine is generally not prescribed for children younger than 6 months.

Severe Behavior Problems, Nausea, and Vomiting

Dosages are based on the child's weight.

Oral: The daily dose is one-quarter mg for each pound of the child's weight, taken every 4 to 6 hours, as needed.

Rectal: the usual dose is one-half mg per pound of body weight, taken every 6 to 8 hours, as necessary.

OLDER ADULTS

In general, older people take lower dosages of Chlorpromazine, and any increase in dosage will be gradual. Because of a greater risk of low blood pressure, your doctor will watch you closely while you are taking Chlorpromazine. Older people (especially older women) may be more susceptible to tardive dyskinesia--a possibly permanent condition characterized by involuntary muscle spasms and twitches in the face and body. Consult your doctor for information about these potential risks.

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