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Largactil Antidepressant : Thorazine

Brand Name : Thorazine

Largactil is a drug with the active ingredient known as chlorpromazine hydrochloride, which is a type of medicine known as antipsychotic. Largactil belongs to the phenothiazine group of the older 'typical' antipsychotics. Largactil is sometimes described as a neuroleptic or a 'major tranquilizer. Largactil is not just a tranquilizer, but has many actions in a variety of mental illnesses.

Uses of Largactil

  • Chlorpromazine is used to treat certain mental or emotional conditions.
  • It is also used to control hiccups, reduce anxiety and treat nausea and vomiting.

How to Take Largactil

Do not exceed the recommended dosage or take this medicine (Thorazine, Largactil) for longer than prescribed. Exceeding the recommended dose or taking this medicine for longer than prescribed may be habit forming.

What are the Side Effects of Largactil Medication

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty in sleeping (insomnia)
  • A drop in blood pressure that occurs when going from lying down to sitting or standing, which results in dizziness and lightheadedness (postural hypotension)
  • Drowsiness
  • Agitation
  • Nasal congestion
  • Skin rashes
  • Weight gain
  • Abnormal heart beats (arrhythmias)
  • Abnormal reaction of the skin to light, usually a rash (photosensitivity)
  • Abnormal movements of the hands, legs, face, neck and tongue, eg tremor, twitching, rigidity (extrapyramidal effects)
  • Decrease in the number of white blood cells in the blood (leucopenia)

Warnings and precautions before taking Largactil Medication

  • This medicine may rarely cause a decrease in the normal amounts of blood cells in the blood. For this reason you should consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: unexplained bruising or bleeding, purple spots, sore throat, mouth ulcers, high temperature (fever), feeling tired or general illness. Your doctor may want to take a blood test to check your blood cells.
  • Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking chlorpromazine.
  • This medicine may cause drowsiness. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. Alcohol should be avoided.

What drugs may interact with Largactil Tablet

There may be an increased risk of drowsiness and sedation if chlorpromazine is taken with any of the following (which can also cause drowsiness):

  • alcohol
  • tricyclic antidepressants, eg amitriptyline
  • narcotics, eg morphine, codeine
  • benzodiazepines, eg diazepam
  • sedating antihistamines, eg chlorpheniramine
    sleeping tablets.

What to do if you take Overdose of Largactil ?

Toxicity and treatment of overdosage: Symptoms of chlorpromazine overdosage include drowsiness or loss of consciousness, hypotension, tachycardia, ECG changes, ventricular arrhythmia's and hypothermia, restlessness, muscle spasms, tremors, twitching, deep sleep or loss of consciousness, and seizures. Severe extra-pyramidal dyskinesias may occur

How to Store Largactil ?

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not store the capsule or tablet form of this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.

 

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