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Generic Name: Chlorpromazine (klor-PROE-ma-zeen)

Drug Class: Phenothiazines


Drug Uses

This medicine is used to treat psychotic disorders such as hallucinations, delusions and hostility. It may also be prescribed to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting.

General Information

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural chemicals in the brain. These chemicals are referred to as "neurotransmitters".

How to Take It

Take this medicine exactly as directed. Chlorpromazine comes as a tablet, extended-release capsule, liquid, and rectal suppository. Chlorpromazine is normally taken two to four times a day. For nausea and vomiting, it is taken every 4-6 hours as needed or every 6-8 hours (rectally) as needed. Swallow extended-release capsules whole, do not open.

Possible Side Effects



Drug Interactions

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


This medicine should be taken during pregnancy only when clearly needed. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits when using this medicine during pregnancy. This medicine may be excreted in breast milk. Nursing mothers are advised to talk to their doctors before breast-feeding.

More Information

For more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.

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This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.
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