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chlorproMAZINE (generic name)

(klor PROE ma zeen): A phenothiazine antipsychotic - It is used to treat certain mental and behavioral disorders

chlorproMAZINE

What is this medicine?
CHLORPROMAZINE (klor PROE ma zeen) has many different uses. It is used to treat certain mental and behavioral disorders. It is also used to control nausea and vomiting, nervousness before surgery, and hiccups that will not go away. It is also used to treat episodes of porphyria and in combination with other medicines to treat tetanus.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What is the price of this medication and similar alternatives?

This pricing information is subject to change at the sole discretion of DS Pharmacy. This pricing information was updated 09/2009. For the most current and up-to-date pricing information, please visit www.drugstore.com. Actual costs to patients will vary depending on the use of specific retail or mail-order locations and health insurance copays.

ChlorproMAZINE HCl 10MG Tablets SANDOZ60/$16.99 or 120/$25.98
ChlorproMAZINE HCl 100MG Tablets SANDOZ60/$15.99 or 180/$38
ChlorproMAZINE HCl 200MG Tablets UPSHER-SMITH60/$26.99 or 180/$70
ChlorproMAZINE HCl 25MG Tablets UPSHER-SMITH60/$25.99 or 180/$59.98
ChlorproMAZINE HCl 50MG Tablets SANDOZ60/$17.99 or 180/$44.98
Thorazine 200MG Tablets GLAXO SMITH KLINE90/$107.99 or 270/$311.99
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional 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

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance
  • headache
  • trouble passing urine
  • trouble sleeping

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This can cause nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice if you are to stop taking this medicine.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 6 months for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • amoxapine
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain antibiotics like gatifloxacin, grepafloxacin, sparfloxacin
  • chloroquine
  • cisapride
  • clozapine
  • droperidol
  • ephedrine
  • levomethadyl
  • maprotiline
  • medicines for mental depression
  • medicines to control irregular heart rhythms
  • phenylpropanolamine
  • pimozide
  • pindolol
  • propranolol
  • ranolazine
  • risperidone
  • trimethobenzamide
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures, like phenobarbital
  • diuretics
  • local and general anesthetics
  • phenytoin
  • prescription pain medicines
  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

Who should NOT use this medication?

  • Comatose states or in the presence of large amounts of CNS depressants (e.g., alcohol, barbiturates, opiates). (See Specific Drugs and Laboratory Tests under Interactions.)
  • Known hypersensitivity to phenothiazines.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.

You may get drowsy, dizzy, or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase possible dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine can reduce the response of your body to heat or cold. Try not to get overheated. Avoid temperature extremes, such as saunas, hot tubs, or very hot or cold baths or showers. Dress warmly in cold weather.

This medicine can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and use sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps or tanning beds/booths.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these 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 medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
Can I stop taking the medication if I feel better?
As a general rule, you should always take your medications exactly as prescribed and do not change the dosage or stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
I am on so many medications; do I have to take them all?
This is called polypharmacy—many different medications being used at the same time by one person. Sometimes, being on multiple medications is acceptable and appropriate but at other times it may be problematic. If you are receiving your medications from multiple physicians you need to ensure that they all know what medications you are taking. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the medications you are currently using, including all nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs (if possible, also include all the diseases you have been diagnosed with). Give a copy to every doctor who takes care of you so they have it on file, this way they can avoid duplicating medications and perhaps even try to consolidate some. After every doctor's visit remember to update the list accordingly. Also, as much as you possibly can, try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, this way any potential drug interactions can be caught and averted.
Where can I get more information?
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