chlorpromazine

noun
chlor·​prom·​a·​zine | \klȯr-ˈprä-mə-ˌzēn \

Definition of chlorpromazine 

: a phenothiazine C17H19ClN2S used chiefly as a tranquilizer especially in the form of its hydrochloride to control the symptoms of psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)

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First-generation antipsychotics include chlorpromazine, haloperidol, perphenazine, and fluphenazine, the NIMH says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 By 1960, doctors had the first drug that could effectively blunt psychosis — chlorpromazine, brand name Thorazine — giving tens of thousands of residents a chance to live independently. Benedict Carey, New York Times, "Trump Wants More Asylums — and Some Psychiatrists Agree," 5 Mar. 2018 Those doctors offered an acid reducer for his stomach and more chlorpromazine. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Why Couldn’t This Man Stop Hiccupping?," 20 July 2017 Looking back, the purely unexpected discovery of lithium, chlorpromazine (the first antipsychotic drug) and several antidepressants around the 1950s promised rapid therapeutic progress. Dr. Claes Wahlestedt, miamiherald, "In treating mental illness, drugs are critical. Yet few are in the pipeline.," 6 June 2017 And last year, scientists working with mouse brain cells found that the anti-malaria drug quinacrine and the anti-psychotic drug chlorpromazine interfered with the ability of prions to cause normal brain protein to misfold. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In tracking a lethal family of diseases that threatens humans and animals, scientists have become the hunters," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of chlorpromazine

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chlorpromazine

chlor- + propyl + methyl + azine

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chlorpromazine

noun
chlor·​prom·​a·​zine | \klōr-ˈpräm-ə-ˌzēn, klȯr- \

Medical Definition of chlorpromazine 

: a phenothiazine derivative that has antipsychotic, sedative, and antiemetic properties and is used in the form of its hydrochloride C17H19ClN2S·HCl especially to manage the symptoms of psychotic disorders (as schizophrenia) — see largactil, thorazine

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