What is Relitil (Chlorpromazine) used for?
Relitil (Chlorpromazine) is an antipsychotic medication used in the treatment of a variety of disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, behavioral problems in children and other psychotic disorders. This drug is in a family of medications called phenothiazines. It works by helping to restore the equilibrium of certain natural substances in the brain. This drug can help to decrease the occurrence of hallucinations, feelings of anxiety, aggression and the desire to harm one's self or others. It is also able to help patients to think more clearly. Apart from this, this drug may also be used to treat tetanus, pre-surgery anxiety, hiccups, nausea and vomiting.
How should I use Relitil (Chlorpromazine)?
Relitil (Chlorpromazine) tablets should be taken orally. As the exact dosage prescribed varies, depending on the severity of the condition being treated, it is essential for patients to consult their physician before they take this drug, so that the correct dosage can be prescribed. Your physician may start you out on a low dosage, and gradually increase your dosage in order to minimize the risk of side effects. Patients should never suddenly cease taking this medication once they have started taking it, as doing so may cause withdrawal symptoms. Instead, you should consult your physician, as your dosage may need to be gradually decreased.
What are the side effects of Relitil (Chlorpromazine)?
Some side effects which may occur as a result of taking Relitil (Chlorpromazine) include:
Patients should immediately consult their physician if any of these side effects persist or worsen. This drug may cause nervous system and muscular problems such as spasms, tremors or drooling. You may be directed by your physician to take additional medication so as to reduce these side effects. Female patients taking this drug may experience unwanted breast milk production or a missed menstrual period. Some male patients may notice a decrease in their sexual ability. Patients should discuss the risks of all possible side effects with their physician before taking this medication.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Relitil (Chlorpromazine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, especially kidney disease, heart problems or liver illnesses, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
This drug may cause a slight increase in the risk of older adults suffering from dementia from developing potentially lethal side effects such as pneumonia or heart failure.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.