Chlorpromazine

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Chlorpromazine is primarily used to prevent vomiting. Your veterinarian may prescribe chlorpromazine to treat other conditions.

 

How do I give this medication?medications

"If this medication is a liquid, measure the dose carefully and avoid getting the medication on hands or clothing since you may develop contact dermatitis."

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • If this medication is a liquid, measure the dose carefully and avoid getting the medication on hands or clothing since you may develop contact dermatitis.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

 

What do I do if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

 

How do I store this medicine?

"Chlorpromazine turns a yellowish brown color if exposed to light. Do not use discolored solutions."
  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medication in a tight, light resistant container away from heat and direct light.
  • Chlorpromazine turns a yellowish brown color if exposed to light. Do not use discolored solutions.
  • Do not store this medication in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places, since the heat and moisture may cause the medicine to break down.

 

What are the potential side effects?

  • The most common side effect is sedation.
  • Other side effects include low blood pressure.
  • Cats may experience tremors, shivering, rigidity, loss of righting reflexes, lethargy, diarrhea and loss of anal sphincter tone.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication and what type of food you are giving to your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Medications that may interact with chlorpromazine include organophosphates, physostigmine, other CNS depressant agents, quinidine, antidiarrheal mixtures, antacids, propranolol, epinephrine, metoclopramide, phenytoin, procaine and dipyrone.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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