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Mixing alcohol and Thorazine may potentially increase the chances and severity of certain side effects (for example, drowsiness). If you regularly consume alcohol and have been prescribed Thorazine, you may want to talk with your healthcare provider so that the two of you can make a shared decision about alcohol and Thorazine for your particular situation.
According to the Thorazine® (chlorpromazine hydrochloride) prescription information, drinking alcohol while on Thorazine is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Thorazine can increase the chances and severity of several Thorazine side effects. Additionally, for many people with mental illness, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided.
Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain Thorazine side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure (when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Thorazine. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.
Thorazine is approved to treat schizophrenia. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication."
Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Thorazine, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about alcohol and Thorazine for your particular situation. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking.