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Chlorpromazine Side Effects

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Serious Side Effects of Chlorpromazine

  • Symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome include acute fever, sweating, stiffness of the muscles, confusion, and irregular heartbeat.
  • Signs of a severe allergic reaction to chlorpromazine can include hives or rashes, swelling, and having a difficult time breathing or swallowing.
  • Stop taking chlorpromazine and get medical attention if you lose control of your facial muscles or tongue, begin to drool, your arms or legs start twitching, you experience tremors, or experience a seizure.
  • Call your doctor if you experience joint pin, swelling of the glands, unexplained muscle aches, and pain in the chest or abdomen.
  • If you begin to feel agitated, restless, or jittery, stop taking chlorpromazine and talk to your doctor.
  • Call your doctor immediately if you have any changes to your vision, including tunnel vision, increased difficulty seeing in the dark, and increased light sensitivity.
  • If you experience unexplained bleeding or bruises, hives, itchiness, yellowed skin or eyes, or patchy colored skin, call your doctor as soon as possible.

Common Side Effects of Chlorpromazine

  • Avoid sunlight while taking Chlorpromazine. It may make your skin more sensitive to the sun and increase your chances of getting sunburned.
  • Avoid excessive heat and intense exercise. This medication may make it more difficult for your body to cool itself down.
  • Toward the beginning of your Chlorpromazine treatment, you may easily become dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.  Also, your pulse may quicken easier. Sit up slowly and rest before standing to avoid this.
  • Women may experience breast enlargement, breast discharge, and a change of menstrual periods.
  • Taking Chlorpromazine may cause you to have difficulty urinating, make you constipated, and decrease your sexual ability.
  • While taking Chlorpromazine , you may experience an increase in appetite or weight gain, dry mouth or a stuffy nose.
  • This medication may lower your blood pressure, and decrease your heart rate or breathing.