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Why is this medication prescribed?
Prochlorperazine is used to treat the nausea and vomiting caused by radiation therapy, cancer chemotherapy, surgery, and other conditions. It also is used to treat psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and hostility.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Prochlorperazine comes as a tablet, extended-release (long-acting) capsule, oral liquid, and rectal suppository. Prochlorperazine usually is taken three or four times a day (tablets), or once or twice a day (extended-release capsules). Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take prochlorperazine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Although prochlorperazine is not habit-forming, do not stop taking it abruptly, especially if you have been taking it for a long time. Your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually.
Do not open extended-release capsules; swallow them whole.
Do not allow the liquid to touch your skin; it can cause irritation.
If you are to insert a rectal suppository, follow these steps:
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking prochlorperazine,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from prochlorperazine are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if this symptom is severe or does not go away:
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
In case of emergency/overdose
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT