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Thorazine Withdrawal

Medical professionals generally are unable to navigate a Thorazine® withdrawal in an outpatient setting and also tend to lack the expertise.

Antipsychotics, such as Thorazine (Chlorpromazine), given during a crisis often end up being a lifetime of being medicated and all of the side effects that go with it. In over 75% of the cases, we have found that people can navigate their lives after having withdrawn from the drugs.

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Seek Medical Help for Thorazine Withdrawal

It is not recommended to discontinue this medication without exacting, professional Thorazine withdrawal help, because the brain needs time to adapt when the drug is stopped. Thorazine withdrawal effects can include dizziness, shakiness, and nausea. Thorazine is the brand name for Chlorpromazine hydrochloride, a prescription drug approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, vomiting, nausea, and many other conditions. Like other prescription drugs used in the treatment of mental illness, Thorazine is never recommended to be discontinued without medical support from an experienced healthcare provider. Our drug treatment program can help to safely guide you through medication withdrawal.

Symptoms Experienced During Thorazine Withdrawal Can be Severe

Although Thorazine isn’t meant to be addictive and isn’t likely to lead to abuse, the brain and body still may need plenty of time to adapt when this medication is stopped. Thorazine antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms may include, but aren’t limited to, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, shakiness, and symptoms of schizophrenia such as visual or auditory hallucinations or delusions. Some Thorazine discontinuation symptoms do not improve with time, as these symptoms may be signs of an underlying condition (such as schizophrenia). While withdrawing from an antipsychotic, it is important that another therapy method or form of treatment is put into effect. The underlying condition often returns in a worsened way after antipsychotic treatment.1

Do Not Stop Thorazine Abruptly

To limit Thorazine withdrawal side effects, professional healthcare providers often decide to taper individuals off of the drug gradually to avoid severe antipsychotic withdrawal symptoms. Thorazine tapering should only be done with the help of a medical provider or prescription medication rehab. Thorazine withdrawal help will limit symptoms as much as possible. Abrupt withdrawal can cause very unpleasant side effects such as nausea, shakiness, and dizziness, as well as emotional sensitivity. Individuals are typically given antipsychotic medication after they’ve gone through a psychotic break, and after other prescription drugs fail to work. Though these drugs seem effective in their onset, they are usually intolerable for prolonged usage.

brain reactionsThe individual medicated on antipsychotic drugs is often unable to function in their life as they want to, and find difficulty when trying to set goals, or perceive the value of life. What happens to create this scenario? That answer is specific and different for each individual; however, their amount of dopamine is usually excessive. Dopamine is our neurochemical of reward and excessive dopamine makes everything overexciting and can result in mania. This may be caused by neurotoxins within the body stimulating neurology. This may be from exposure to toxins, and often is associated with a genetic problem that relates to the way the person clears toxins. The antipsychotic is targeted to restrict dopamine, which then leaves the individual without the enjoyment of life’s rewards. In the rehab program at Alternative to Meds Center, we employ specific techniques to stabilize neurochemistry during Thorazine withdrawal treatment.

The Alternative to Meds Center Thorazine Withdrawal Program

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Alternative to Meds Center employs the following techniques to effectively relieve symptoms of antipsychotic withdrawal. We first do lab testing for what may have been the cause of the original symptoms. This is where toxicity is often found to be the cause, so we work to clear toxins out of the person’s body. Our Thorazine withdrawal treatment program aims to stabilize neurochemistry using natural substances, by using natural supplements known to benefit inhibitory aspects of neurochemistry, as well as to remove environmentally accumulated neurotoxins. Peer support is also an important part of the program, as well as amino therapies, massage, exercise, personal training, targeted nutritional therapies, yoga, music and art therapies, equine therapy and many other therapies to combat anticipated withdrawal and to prepare. When the person is stable from these drug treatment therapies their medication can slowly begin to be tapered. We invite you to give us a call and discuss the best treatment options and so you can understand more about Thorazine withdrawal help that is available.


    1. Lash, J. “Behind the Thorazine shuffle, the Criminalization of Mental Illness,” Info letter published by the Juvenile Justice Exchange, 2012 Mar [cited 2019 Oct].
    2. FDA label information for Thorazine, [cited 2019 Oct].



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      Dr. Samuel Lee

      Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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