What Is Chlorpromazine Used For?
Many people wonder, "What is chlorpromazine used for?" Chlorpromazine is used for treating various conditions, including nausea and vomiting, schizophrenia, mania symptoms in people with bipolar disorder, and severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. It can also be used "off-label" for the treatment of dementia, migraines, agitation, and neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Part of a class of drugs known as "typical antipsychotics," chlorpromazine hydrochloride (Thorazine®) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed for the following uses:
- Schizophrenia -- to help control schizophrenia symptoms, including hallucinations and other problems
- Nausea and vomiting -- to help control nausea and vomiting, particularly very severe nausea and vomiting
- Restlessness and worry before surgery -- to help calm those who are agitated or excessively worried about a surgery
- Acute intermittent porphyria -- to help relieve the severe nausea and vomiting often associated with this condition
- Tetanus (in combination with other medications) -- to help control muscle spasms associated with tetanus
- Mania symptoms in people with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) -- to help control manic symptoms (especially psychotic symptoms)
- Hiccups -- to cure hiccups that have not responded to other attempts at relief
- Severe behavior problems in children -- to help treat extremely severe hyperexcitability in children who become easily combative and explosive without being provoked
- Severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children -- for short-term use only in children who are especially physically hyperactive.