PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: blood diseases, history of alcoholism, glaucoma, heart or blood vessel disease, seizures, Parkinson's disease, an enlarged prostate, allergies (especially to phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine). Use of alcohol and other sedative type medications can lead to extreme drowsiness. This medication can increase sensitivity to sunlight. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Wear a sunscreen and protective clothing. This medication can reduce sweating making you more susceptible to heat stroke. Avoid strenuous work or exercise in hot weather. Avoid extreme cold also, since your body's temperature regulation is affected. This drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Small amounts of this drug appear in breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: methyldopa, guanadrel, reserpine, guanethidine, other drugs used for mental conditions, amoxapine, metoclopramide, pemoline, promethazine, antidepressants, levodopa, quinidine. Also report the use of drugs that make you drowsy, such as: sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, narcotic pain medication (e.g., codeine), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure medications. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include muscle twitching, weakness, tremor, increased salivation, fast heartbeat, fever, difficulty breathing, severe dizziness, drowsiness, seizures, and loss of consciousness.
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