Chlorpromazine is used to treat some mental health problems such as schizophrenia. It is also used for hiccups, nausea and vomiting, and sometimes other conditions.
Take chlorpromazine as directed with a glass of water. Do not break or crush the tablets.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with chlorpromazine including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort, valerian) or recreational drugs (e.g. cannabis).
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Fever, stiffness, sweating, confusion
Feeling restless, strange or uncontrolled movements, tremor
Fast or irregular heartbeat, fainting
Symptoms of a blood clot including: sudden shortness of breath, swelling or pain in one leg
Symptoms of liver problems including: yellow skin or eyes, itching, dark urine, pale bowel motions, abdominal pain
Prolonged erection (longer than four hours)
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Dry mouth, blurred vision, constipation or trouble peeing (anticholinergic effects)
Changes in periods
Sore or enlarged breasts, breastmilk production
Less interest in sex, impotence
Change in skin colour (blue, grey)
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. August 2021
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