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Prochlorperazine Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Prochlorperazine is used to control severe nausea and vomiting. It is also used to treat symptoms of the mental disorder schizophrenia.

Prochlorperazine Dosage

  • To Control Severe Nausea and Vomiting, the usual starting dosage is one 5-milligram or 10-milligram tablet 3 or 4 times a day.
  • If you are using Capsules, the usual starting dose is one 15-milligram capsule on getting out of bed or one 10-milligram capsule every 12 hours.

Uses of Prochlorperazine

  • Prochlorperazine is used to control severe nausea and vomiting.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Prochlorperazine

Before taken Prochlorperazine medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Prochlorperazine. Side effects may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Jaundice
  • Low blood pressure
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Skin reactions

Warnings and precautions before taking Prochlorperazine:

  • Prochlorperazine should be used with caution if you are being treated for a brain tumor, intestinal blockage, heart disease, glaucoma.
  • If you suddenly stop taking prochlorperazine, then you may experience a change in appetite, nausea, vomiting, and tremors.
  • If you are taking this medication, then it may cause a potentially fatal group of symptoms known as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS).
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Prochlorperazine with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Prochlorperazine with the following:

  • Antiseizure drugs such as Dilantin and Tegretol
  • Guanethidine
  • Lithium
  • Narcotic painkillers such as Demerol and Tylenol with Codeine
  • Other central nervous system depressants such as Xanax, Valium, Seconal, Halcion
  • Propranolol
  • Thiazide diuretics such as Dyazide

After taken Prochlorperazine if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Prochlorperazine overdose include:

  • Agitation
  • Coma
  • Dry mouth
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Fever
  • Intestinal blockage

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