What is Chlorpromazine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Thorazine Largactil Promazine

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Chlorpromazine is an antipsychotic agent with many uses including control of mania; schizophrenia; control nausea and vomiting; restlessness; intractable hiccups; hyperexcitability. It may also be used to manage psychotic disorders and behavioral symptoms associated with dementia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 19 15
Hallucinations 5 5
Insomnia 5 3
Bipolar disorder 3 2
Psychosis disorder 3 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 6
Moderate 9
Mild 4
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Chlorpromazine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 2
Dry mouth 2
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2
Nausea 2
Sedation 2
Weight gain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Chlorpromazine

Dosage Patients Percentage
25mg as needed 2
20 mg daily 1
25 mg three times daily 1
50 mg twice daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
200 mg three times daily 1
100mg/mL as needed 1
50mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Chlorpromazine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 15
Did not seem to work 13
Doctor's advice 12
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 4
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Chlorpromazine

Duration

Currently taking Chlorpromazine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped taking Chlorpromazine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 15
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 28
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 16
Not specified 18

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Chlorpromazine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Brexpiprazole (Rexulti) 1
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1

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Patients stopped taking Chlorpromazine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 2
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Carisoprodol (Soma) 1
Citalopram (Celexa) 1
Lurasidone (Latuda) 1

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8 patient evaluations for Chlorpromazine

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Schizo-affective Disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hallucinations)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Side effects: hallucinations

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Schizo-affective Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hallucinations)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 30 mg Daily
Side effects: hallucinations

  • 0 helpful marks

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar manic episodes)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 18, 2017 (Started Aug 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for hallucinations)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 27, 2016 (Started Aug 09, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for borderline personality disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for dissociation)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for hallucinations)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 125 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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