Generic Name: Chlorpromazine (klor-PROE-ma-zeen)Drug Class: Phenothiazines
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Take this medicine exactly as directed. Chlorpromazine comes as a tablet,
extended-release capsule, liquid, and rectal suppository. Chlorpromazine is
normally taken two to four times a day. For nausea and vomiting, it is taken
every 4-6 hours as needed or every 6-8 hours (rectally) as needed. Swallow
extended-release capsules whole, do not open.
Possible Side Effects
- Chlorpromazine can cause side effects. Let your doctor know if these side effects are bothersome or don't go away:
- difficulty urinating
- dry mouth
- skin rash
- blurred vision
- If you experience involuntary movements, sore throat, pounding heart beat, or unusual bruising or bleeding, notify your doctor at once.
- This medicine may cause drowsiness.
- Do NOT drive unless you know how this medicine affects you.
- Other sedatives can increase the drowsy effects when taken together with this medicine.
- This medicine may reduce sweating. Be careful not to overexert yourself in hot weather.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Inform your doctor of all the medications you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially if you are taking any of the following:
- anti-anxiety drugs
- sleeping pills
- narcotic pain medication (e.g. codeine)
- other medicines that make you drowsy.
- Many cough-and-cold products contain ingredients that may add a drowsiness effect. Before you use cough-and-cold medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of those products..
- Promethazine can interfere with certain pregnancy tests.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
This medicine should be taken during pregnancy only when clearly needed.
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits when using this medicine
during pregnancy. This medicine may be excreted in breast milk. Nursing mothers
are advised to talk to their doctors before breast-feeding.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.