Thorazine is used to manage and reduce hallucinations, delusions, extreme emotions, and other related symptoms that generally accompany schizophrenia. It may also be used to reduce symptoms of mania experienced by people diagnosed with bipolar. Children ages one to 12 years who display severe behavioral issues may benefit from taking this medication. While this medication does help to manage associated symptoms, it is not intended to be used as a cure for schizophrenia, bipolar, or behavioral issues. People taking this drug for mental health concerns often also pursue other psychological treatment such as psychotherapy.
Thorazine is sometimes prescribed to treat excessive and prolonged cases of hiccups, nervousness before surgical operations, nausea and vomiting, acute intermittent porphyria, and may be used as part of a course of treatment for tetanus.
- What can I do to get the most out of my treatment with this drug?
Mental health treatment with psychotropic drugs may help a person experiencing debilitating associated symptoms. Schizophrenia, for example, may be accompanied by symptoms that make any lasting mental health treatment difficult to achieve. The use of psychotropic medication may allow a person to seek additional methods of treatment, such as a type of psychotherapy, when they otherwise might not be able to even leave their house. Drugs like Thorazine help many people in this regard, but supplementing drug treatment with psychotherapy may help a person achieve better, longer-lasting mental health outcomes. If you are prescribed an antipsychotic drug, consider finding a therapist or counselor to learn more about what you are experiencing in a safe place while addressing behaviors, emotions, and conditions associated with your symptoms.
- How should I take this medication?
Thorazine comes in oral tablet form and may be used in several ways. To treat nausea or vomiting, the medication may be taken every four to six hours until the symptoms stop. For persistent hiccups, the medication may be taken three to four times per day, for up to three days. If hiccups have not subsided after three days, an alternative treatment should be used. For long-term relief of behavioral, schizophrenic, and bipolar symptoms, this medication may be taken several times a day, with the dose determined on an individual basis.
- What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of your prescription, take the missed dose as soon as you are able. However, if it will soon be time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose altogether. You may put yourself at risk for an overdose if you take too much of this medication too quickly. Never take a double dose of this medication to make up for a missed dose.
- What should I do if I overdose on this medication?
Call a poison control helpline or call your healthcare advisor right away. Do not try to throw up unless instructed to do so by your doctor or emergency responders. Symptoms of overdose include erratic heartbeat, drowsiness, restlessness, convulsions, agitation, dry mouth, fever, body movements that are unusual and difficult to control, and coma.