The extra hour this weekend didn’t prevent Monday from coming, which means it is time once again for Medication Monday. This week, we are talking about Thorazine (Chlorpromazine).
Thorazine is an anti-psychotic that is used to treat a variety of mood and psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, psychosis, the manic phase of bipolar disorder, and behavioral problems in children not addressed by other medications. It can help patients control hallucinations and vomiting. It also has been shown to be effective in relieving prolonged hiccups, pre-surgical anxiety, and is helpful in treating tetanus.
Like all medications, and particularly all mental health medications, Thorazine has a variety of side effects that users might experience. Such side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, dry mouth, nausea, constipation, weight gain, and trouble sleeping.
When coming off the medication, it is important to consult your doctor. Stopping suddenly may exacerbate the underlying condition. It may also cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and shakiness. You should also tell your doctor if your condition worsens while taking this medication.
As always, Medication Monday is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. If you have questions about this medication, or any other medication covered in this series, please consult your doctor. This series is meant as an informational introduction to the various medications that are available. Hopefully, by talking about these medications in an informative and non-judgmental way, we can reduce the stigma surrounding mental health medications, a stigma I know I have experienced at times and that I expect others have as well.