Thorazine is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders. It is also recommended by doctors to their patients to control agitation and mania in people who have bipolar disorder. It is used infrequently, but when it is used for bipolar disorder, it is used to address symptoms of mania, psychosis, or agitation and not for long-term bipolar disorder management.
How Does Thorazine Works?
Thorazine is a psychiatric medication that belongs to the class of drugs called phenothiazine antipsychotics. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain. It can reduce aggressive behavior and the desire to hurt yourself/others. It may also help to decrease hallucinations. The chemical compound of Thorazine can also control nausea/vomiting, relieve prolonged hiccups, relieve restlessness/anxiety before surgery, and help treat tetanus.
What are the Side Effects of Thorazine?
The side effects of Thorazine are mild and it does not come all at once. Pay attention if you experience:
- Changes in menstrual period
- Reduced sexual ability
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
- Swelling or pain in breasts
- Unusual secretion of milk
- Unusual weight gain
Inform your doctor if you experience persistent:
- Constipation and reduced sweating
- Dryness of mouth
- Nasal congestion
Rare but serious side effects can include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Fast heartbeat
- Fever and increased sweating
- Loss of bladder control
- Muscle stiffness
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
How to Take Thorazine?
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Ensure to finish the treatment period before stopping the medication. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow the instructions provided along with the medication package.
Warnings and Precautions when Taking Thorazine
- Before taking chlorpromazine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to the ingredients of the medication.
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver problems, kidney problems, heart problems.
- This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun.
- This medication may make you sweat less, making you more likely to get heatstroke.
- Avoid doing things that may cause you to overheat, such as hard work or exercise in hot weather.
- Children may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially uncontrolled movements.