What This Drug Is And How It’s Designed To Help Treat Your Medical Condition?
The generic name for the medication Compazine is Prochlorperazine. It’s a form of anti-psychotic medication that’s a part of a group of drugs known as phenothiazines. The way these work is they are able to alter the actions of specific chemicals inside the brain. Compazine is mainly used in order to help provide treatment for different psychotic disorders like schizophrenia.
In addition to this it can also be used in order to offer treatment for anxiety and to control serious nausea and vomiting problems. There are other uses for this medication not mentioned here, but these uses are best left to the discretion of a doctor.
Is there any reason why a person shouldn’t use this medication when they are already on it such as particular substances they might consume or even particular medications they might be on?
If you are a person who has recently used some form of alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers or narcotic medications then you shouldn’t use this drug. It can cause serious side effects.
Some people will need to use this drug short term while others will have to use it long term, with long term use is there any risk of a specific problem as a result?
If you use this drug on a long term basis then there is a chance that you can develop a serious movement disorder problem that can be hard to reverse. The longer you take this drug the more of a chance you have to come down with this. People who are older or female are at an even higher risk in this regard.
Even though adults as well as children can use this medication, is there any particular age where the risk is higher or an age that it would be too dangerous? What about weight as far as small kids are concerned?
This medication shouldn’t be used with children who aren’t at least 2 years old or who don’t weigh at least 20 pounds. Make sure you let a doctor know if you give this drug to a child who has been sick with fever symptoms or flu symptoms.
In order to ensure you keep your risk down while using this drug what are some of the things you need to make sure you do in order to do this?
You can make sure you follow the directions that come with the drug for guidance; this is if your doctor doesn’t give you specific directions. You might have to change doses from time to time in order to ensure you’re getting the best results, but not until a doctor advises it.
What are some of the potential common side effects a person might be at risk for if they use this drug and some of the more serious side effects as well?
Serious potential side effects:
- A light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
- Little or no urinating
- Feeling restless, jittery, or agitated
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Slow heart rate, weak pulse, fainting, slow breathing
- Decreased white blood cells–sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, mouth sores, trouble swallowing
- Lupus-like syndrome–joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, chest pain, vomiting, unusual thoughts or behavior, and patchy skin color
- Severe nervous system reaction–very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out
Common potential side effects:
- Headache, dizziness, drowsiness
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth, stuffy nose
- Mild itching or rash
- Missed menstrual periods
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
Serious side effect problems need to be looked at by a doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes this might require going to an emergency room.