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How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Chlorpromazine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may need to take Chlorpromazine for some time before the full benefits can be felt. Do not be discouraged if you do not feel better soon after taking the medicine. Chlorpromazine must be taken regularly for it to work well.
Do not stop taking Chlorpromazine unless your doctor has decided that you can stop. If Chlorpromazine is stopped suddenly, you may feel unwell or your condition may worsen. When your doctor decides that you do not need Chlorpromazine anymore, he will usually reduce your dose slowly. Follow the doctor's instructions carefully.
You may take Chlorpromazine with or without food. Take it with food if you find that it upsets your stomach. Try to take Chlorpromazine at the same time everyday.
Always keep your appointments with your doctor so that he will be able to monitor your response to Chlorpromazine.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have:
- an enlarged prostate or difficulty urinating
- an artificial heart valve or other heart valve disease
- liver or kidney problems
- breathlessness or lung disease
- thyroid problems
- problems with blood clotting, especially a tendency to develop blood clots
- an adrenal gland tumour known as phaeochromocytoma
- recent stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (also known as a TIA or a "mini-stroke")
- high cholesterol
- poorly controlled high blood pressure
- Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease
- epilepsy (fits)
- glaucoma (high pressure in the eye)
- myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes muscle weakness)
- intestinal blockage such as paralytic ileus
- breast cancer or cancers dependent on a hormone known as prolactin
You may need to have regular blood tests to monitor your body's response to Chlorpromazine. These blood tests will be more frequent in the first few months and gradually become less frequent.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are being treated with Chlorpromazine.
Chlorpromazine may affect the ability of your body to adjust to temperature changes in the environment. Avoid exposure to very cold or very hot environments.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or if you become pregnant while being treated with Chlorpromazine.
Do not breastfeed while being treated with Chlorpromazine.
Alert your doctor if you have heart disease, palpitations, a recent heart attack, a low blood cell count or other blood disorders.
Chlorpromazine is not suitable for elderly people with psychosis that is related to dementia.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol will worsen the dizziness and drowsiness caused by Chlorpromazine.
Avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee, tea and certain soft drinks.
Why do I need this medicine?
Chlorpromazine is used to treat schizophrenia. It helps to relieve symptoms common in schizophrenia, such as distorted thinking and emotional instability.
Chlorpromazine is also used on its own or together with other medicines for the treatment of a dysfunctional mood condition called bipolar disorder.
Chlorpromazine is also used to treat other conditions such as
- severe nausea and vomiting
- severe hiccups that cannot be stopped
- anxiety or nervousness before surgery.
- irritability or aggressiveness in children with autism
Chlorpromazine may also be used for other medical conditions as decided by your doctor.
What side effects could I experience?
Chlorpromazine may make you drowsy or dizzy, especially in the first few weeks of treatment. If you feel drowsy or dizzy, or if Chlorpromazine causes your vision to become blurred, do not drive or take part in any activities in which you need to be alert.
You may feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking Chlorpromazine for the first time. This is normal and should disappear gradually as you get used to the medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position.
Some common side effects with Chlorpromazine include dry mouth, tiredness, difficulty urinating, constipation, problems sleeping, discolouration of your skin or urine, ejaculation problems and weight gain. Your skin may also become more sensitive to sunlight. Protect your skin from the sun with sunblock, an umbrella or a hat.
Other side effects are less common but may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:
- fast or irregular heartbeat
- any kind of rash or allergic reaction
- muscle spasms or uncontrolled muscle movements of your body or face, such as sticking out of the tongue, smacking of the lips
- muscle stiffness and excessive sweating
- uncontrollable urge to move constantly or an inability to sit still
- excessive drowsiness, dizziness or if you faint
- fever with persistent sore throat
- yellowing of your eyes or skin
- swelling, redness or pain of the lower leg
Alert your doctor if there are any severe side effects or if you develop any other side effects.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any of these medicines:
- sleeping pills
- mood medicines such as amitriptyline, maprotiline, pimozide, sertindole, haloperidol, lithium, trazodone
- hay fever medicines such as antihistamines
- strong opioid-type painkillers such as morphine, codeine
- epilepsy (fits) medicines such as phenytoin, carbamazepine or phenobarbitone
- medicines used to treat Parkinson's disease such as levodopa, bromocriptine, lisuride, pergolide
- heart medicines such as quinidine, disopyramide, amiodarone, procainamide, sotalol, dofetilide, bretylium, verapamil, captopril
- high blood pressure medicines such as propranolol, guanethidine, methyldopa, clonidine, metirosine and diuretics (water pills)
- antiviral medicines such as ritonavir and delavirdine
- malaria medicines such as quinine, mefloquine, artemisinin and artemether
- diabetes medicines such as glimepiride, metformin and repaglinide
- metoclopramide (medicine to treat vomiting)
- antibiotics such as moxifloxacin and sparfloxacin
- amfetamines (medicines used to treat childhood hyperactivity problems)
- deferiprone (medicine used to treat iron overload in patients with thalassaemia)
- stomach medicines such as cimetidine, cisapride
Always inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.