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Healthcare providers can prescribe chlorpromazine hydrochloride (Thorazine®) for several different conditions. These include:
  • Schizophrenia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Restlessness and worry before surgery
  • Acute intermittent porphyria (to help relieve nausea and vomiting associated with this condition)
  • Tetanus (in combination with other medications)
  • Mania symptoms in people with bipolar disorder
  • Hiccups that will not go away
  • Severe behavior problems in children
  • Severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children (for short-term use only).
This drug comes in tablet form and is taken anywhere from one to six times a day. You can take it with or without food. Taking chlorpromazine hydrochloride with food may help prevent stomach upset. Side effects are possible with this medication, some of which can be quite serious, so it's best to report anything that just doesn't seem right to your healthcare provider.
(Click Chlorpromazine to learn more, including how this drug works, factors that can affect your dose, whether there is a generic version, and important safety concerns.)
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