The medication Thorazine belongs to a class of drugs known as antipsychotics and antiemetics. It is used for the management of symptoms of psychotic disorders and manic-depressive type illness, treatment of schizophrenia, for providing relief from restlessness and anxiety before surgery, controlling nausea and vomiting. It is also used for acute intermittent porphyria (a blood pigment disorder), as an adjunct therapy in the treatment of tetanus. It is used to provide relief from persistent hiccups. It acts by readjusting the balance of chemicals called dopamine and serotonin in the brain. This medication is also used to treat severe behavioural problems in children (of 1 to 12 years of age) with hyperexcitability, impulsivity, difficulty maintaining focus and attention, aggressivity, and poor frustration tolerance. Take Thorazine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The tablets should be swallowed whole and should not be chewed, dissolved or crushed. Take the tablets with a full glass of water and take them at the same time every day.
The generic equivalent of Thorazine is Chlorpromazine and it comes from Canada and India manufactured by different manufacturers. The generic equivalent of Thorazine is available as tablets in dosage forms of 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg. This medication is available in the packaging of 100 tablets.
Thorazine Side Effects
Stop taking Thorazine and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (high fever, sweating, unstable blood pressure, reduced consciousness, muscle stiffness and reduced automatic bodily functions)
• Allergic reactions
• Extrapyramidal symptoms (muscle stiffness, body spasms, upward eye rolling)
• Long lasting and painful erection
• Blood clots
• Uncontrollable movements or twitches of the body, face, eyes
• Fast or irregular heartbeat
• Low blood pressure
• Respiratory tract infection
• Vision changes
• Increased blood sugar
Less serious side effects include dry eyes, urinary incontinence, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nasal congestion, nausea and vomiting, headache, menstrual changes, change in libido, swelling of the breasts and milk production in both men and women, weight changes, sweating. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Thorazine may increase the effects of alcohol. Hence, you should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while treatment with Thorazine. This medication may lead to impairment of mental or physical abilities required for driving, or operating machinery, especially during the first few days of therapy. You should be cautious while performing these tasks when undergoing treatment with Thorazine. Do not take Thorazine if you are allergic to chlorpromazine or any other ingredients in this medication, have a tumor of the adrenal gland, severe heart or blood disorder, liver disease, blood disorder like anemia or low white blood cell count, have had brain damage, experience dizziness, slow breathing, are in a coma state. Thorazine may interact with barbiturates (such as phenobarbital) used to treat seizures, painkillers, narcotics or antihistamines that cause drowsiness, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications, high blood pressure medications, cough and cold products.
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