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Bottle of Largactil syrup, London, England, 1970-1985

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‘Largactil’ is the brand name for chlorpromazine hydrochloride. This antipsychotic drug treats disorders such as schizophrenia and acute psychotic states. It is known in the US as Thorazine. It is one of the oldest drugs of this type, first prescribed in the mid-1950s. Chlorpromazine hydrochloride can be administered in different forms. These include injection, suppository, tablet, or in suspension form such as this. It has a sedative effect without causing stupor or confusion. It also has an antidepressant effect. It can treat severe anxiety. However, it can have potentially serious side effects and must be withdrawn slowly.

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Glossary: psychotropic drug

A term used to describe drugs that affect mood and the mind.

Glossary: drug

Any animal, vegetable, or mineral substance used in the composition of medicines. They affect the structure or function of a living organism.

Glossary: antipsychotic medication

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Glossary: schizophrenia

A mental disorder that has symptoms of delusions, hallucinations and a loss of a sense of self and relationship to the external world that lasts over a long period of time (more than six months).