A brand name for the generic medication Chlorpromazine, Thorazine is an anti-psychotic medication that is part of a group of drugs known as phenothiazines. Chlorpromazine is available in brands other than Thorazine, including Ormazine and Thorazine Sansule. Thorazine works by changing specific actions of chemicals in the brain and as a result, is often used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia or manic-depression.
Thorazine is also used to treat severe behavior problems in children and for the control of severe nausea and vomiting, as well as for the short-term treatment of generalized non-psychotic anxiety. Chronic hiccups, acute intermittent porphyria and symptoms of tetanus are also treated with specific doses of Thorazine.
Abuses of Thorazine
As a phenothiazine, Thorazine is not generally known to produce psychic dependence, although physical dependence has been reported. Individuals have experienced gastritis, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, and tremulousness following abrupt cessation of high dose therapy.
Individuals who abuse prescription medications may also abuse Thorazine for a number of reasons, including accessibility. If the medication is abused and any of the above symptoms becomes a problem for the user, reverting back to the medication can occur, creating a cycle of misuse.
Effects of Thorazine
Certain effects can occur for those taking Thorazine. Minor side effects are possible and can include drowsiness, dizziness, anxiety, sleep problems, breast swelling or discharge, menstrual changes, blurred vision, weight gain, dry mouth, nasal congestion, headaches, nausea, constipation, ejaculation problems and swelling of the hands or feet.
More serious side effects can also occur and can include twitching or uncontrollable movements, tremor, drooling, trouble swallowing, problems with balance or walking, feeling restless or jittery, feeling ready to pass out, seizure, nausea or stomach pain, skin rash, jaundice, pale skin, stiff muscles, easy bruising, fever, sore throat, flu symptoms, confusion, sweating, unusual thoughts or behaviors, slow heart rates and slow breathing.
Withdrawal of Thorazine
Addiction, tolerance or psychic dependence are not known to occur with Thorazine, although the long-term use of the medication can create a situation where withdrawal symptoms can occur as a result of a physical dependence that can develop.
Withdrawal symptoms associated with the cessation of Thorazine include, but are not limited to:
• Nausea • Vomiting • Gastritis • Tremulousness • Diarrhea • Dizziness • Shakiness
Treatment of Thorazine Addiction
While a psychological addiction to Thorazine does not tend to occur; a physical dependence is displayed through the withdrawal symptoms when the medication is stopped. In the case of long-term use, it is important for users at any level to remove the drug from their system slowly and within a treatment environment under the care of a board-certified addiction psychiatrist determine the right medications for comfortable detox.
Medically monitored in-patient detox is highly recommended for the complete recovery of a Thorazine addiction. A quality center generally offers a comfortable detox method to remove medications from the body. Reports have also suggested that these symptoms can be reduced if concomitant anti-Parkinsonian agents are continued for several weeks after Thorazine is withdrawn.