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What is Thorazine used for?
Thorazine is prescribed to treat certain mental/mood disorders (such as schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, manic phase of bipolar disorder, severe behavioral problems in children). Chlorpromazine helps you to think more clearly, feel less nervous, and take part in everyday life. It can reduce aggressive behavior and the desire to hurt yourself/others. It may also help to decrease hallucinations (hearing/seeing things that are not there).
It is also used in adults to treat nausea and vomiting, anxiety before surgery, chronic hiccups, acute intermittent porphyria, and symptoms of tetanus.
How does Thorazine work?
Thorazine is an oral tablet containing the active ingredient called Chlorpromazine. It belongs to a class of d rugs called phenothiazine antipsychotics. When taken as directed, the Chlorpromazine dosage works by blocking an assortment of receptors in your brain, dopamine receptors in particular. Dopamine is involved in regulating your moods and behavior as well as your motivation.
Before taking Thorazine or the Chlorpromazine generic, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Take your Thorazine dosage orally once a day. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Chlorpromazine dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. The Thorazine dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Take this drug exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose. You should continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Thorazine or the Chlorpromazine generic may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking Thorazine. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions especially those relating to severe asthma, emphysema, sulfite allergy, bone marrow suppression, heart disease, liver or kidney disease, breast cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, seizures, blockages in your intestine, brain tumor, or pheochromocytoma.
Some common Thorazine side effects include:
Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, dry mouth, blurred vision, tiredness, nausea, constipation, weight gain, or trouble sleeping
Some serious Thorazine side effects include:
Skin discoloration, eye/vision changes, signs of liver disease, signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, chills, cough), easy bruising/bleeding, mental/mood changes (such as worsening psychosis, unresponsive/catatonic state).
If any side effects of Chlorpromazine become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What is the best dosage to take?
A: The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best Thorazine dosage for your treatment.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication should be stored at room temperature away from moisture and heat, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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