- Citalopram Hydrobromide
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What does Chlorpromazine treat?
Chlorpromazine is an anti-psychotic medication prescribed to treat a range of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, mania, acute intermittent porphyria and so on. This belongs to the class of drugs called phenothiazines and are also prescribed for medical complaints such as nausea and vomiting, tetanus symptoms, restlessness before surgery and chronic hiccups. This also treats agitation or excitement, severe anxiety and dangerous behavior. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.
Follow the Chlorpromazine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Alcohol must be avoided while taking this drug. One must also avoid direct sunlight and sun lamps.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms of this drug are fainting, dry mouth, constipation, fever, seizure, muscle stiffness, heart rate irregularity and extreme drowsiness.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Chlorpromazine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase or interfere with the effect of Chlorpromazine.
It may interact with:
It may also interact with antibiotics, blood pressure medications, oral diabetes medications, blood thinners, birth control pills, barbiturates and certain anticonvulsants. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Chlorpromazine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Chlorpromazine may have side effects such as insomnia, constipation, drowsiness, muscle problems, dry mouth, nausea, rash, itching, vomiting, impotence and weight gain. Some of the serious side effects are feelings of anxiety, confusion, kidney problems, fainting, high fever, irregular heart rhythm, breast enlargement, chest pain and yellowing of the eyes or skin. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Chlorpromazine
- Can I take Chlorpromazine along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Chlorpromazine?
- What is the dosage of Chlorpromazine to be consumed?
- How should I use Chlorpromazine?
- How will Chlorpromazine work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Chlorpromazine be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Chlorpromazine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.