Treats mental illness and behavior disorders. Used in tetanus and blood disorders such as porphyria. Also treats severe nausea and vomiting and reduces anxiety before surgery.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you are allergic reaction to chlorpromazine, or similar medicine such as Compazine®, Phenergan®, Thorazine®, or Serentil®.You should not use this medicine if you are using alcohol, narcotics, or barbiturates.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein.
- This medicine may also be given as a shot into one of your muscles.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking blood pressure medicines such as Inderal®.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking water pills such as hydrochlorothiazide, Aldactazide®, Aldactone®, or Dyazide®.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin®), or medicines to treat cancer.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using lithium, or medicine for seizures (such as Dilantin®, or Amipaque®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding or if you have ever had breast cancer.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have glaucoma, asthma, emphysema or other lung problems. Tell your doctor is you have a history of seizures, heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease.
- Let your doctor know if you have been exposed to extreme heat or insecticides.
- This medicine may make you drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing any thing else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
- Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
- This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Wear sunscreen. Do not use sunlamps or tanning beds.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Fever, sweating, confusion, irregular heartbeat, or muscle stiffness.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Problems with balance or walking.
- Twitching or muscle movement you cannot control.
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
- Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurred vision
- Breast enlargement.
- Change in your menstrual periods.
- Dry mouth, stuffy nose.
- Problems with having sex (for men).
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088