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Promethazine

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Phenadoz;Phenergan;PrometheganT
    • Brand Names: Canada: Bioniche Promethazine;Histantil;Phenergan;PMS-Promethazine

    Uses
    • It is used to ease allergy signs.
    • It is used to help motion sickness.
    • It is used to ease pain.
    • It is used to treat anxiety.
    • It is used to treat sleep problems.
    • Promethazine lowers or stops the body's reaction to the allergen.
    • It affects the throwing up (vomiting) center in the brain.
    • It calms the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take 30 to 60 minutes before travel if using for motion sickness.
    • Take tablet or liquid (syrup) with food.
    • There is a liquid (syrup) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Suppository:
    • Use suppository rectally.
    • Take off foil wrapper.
    • Put suppository into the rectum with gentle pressure, pointed end first. Do not handle too much.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store liquid (syrup) and tablets at room temperature.
    • Protect liquid (syrup) and tablets from light.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Store suppositories in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Talk with the doctor before giving this drug to a child. Check all of your child's drugs, including OTC, with doctor.
    • Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs. Taking them together can cause bad side effects. This is one of those drugs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
    • Shot:
    • This drug may irritate or harm the vein. It may burn the skin if the drug leaks from the vein when it is given. Tell your nurse if you have any pain or burning when this drug is given.

    Avoid

    • Do not give this drug to a child younger than 2 years of age.
    • If you have an allergy to promethazine or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma or lung disease.

    Precautions

    • If you have glaucoma, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have lung disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have myasthenia gravis, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have Parkinson's disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have seizures, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • A fast heartbeat.
    • Pain where the shot was given.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Shakiness, trouble moving around, or stiffness.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Not able to pass urine.
    • Any rash.
    • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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