Compazine (Prochlorperazine)

What is Compazine?

Compazine is an appreciated anti-psychotic drug that belongs to a group of phenothiazines. Also known as prochlorperazine, the medication affects the actions of the brain chemicals, changing and balancing them. As a result, the treatment course is recommended for patients who suffer from serious physical disorders, such as schizophrenia, anxiety, agitation, as well as severe vomiting and nausea caused by mentioned complications. Additionally, Compazine can be prescribed in other cases not listed in the information guide.


Recommendations for Use

Considering the fact of drastic Compazine impact on the organism, one should obligatory consult a doctor before its intake. A qualified healthcare provider will prescribe the proper dose, duration of the treatment course and intake periodicity based on the severity of your condition and general health. Follow all the instructions and directions to get the best possible results. Frequent medical tests may be needed in case you take Compazine for a long term. Do not stop Prochlorperazine administration suddenly, since you can experience undesirable withdrawal effects.

In case you have missed one dose, skip it if the following scheduled one should be taken soon. Never double Compazine dose or take extra. Alcohol consumption during the medication course can lead to certain serious complications and side effects.

Precautions and Contraindications

Producing a drastic effect on the organism and vital body functions, the medication should be administered with exceptional cautiousness. Tell a medical specialist about all the health problems you have to make sure Compazine will not aggravate them. Do not use the drug if you are allergic to Prochlorperazine or other components of the medication. The treatment is not recommended for patients with dementia-related conditions. Provide a healthcare professional with detailed information concerning other health disorders you have, especially:

• Glaucoma;
• Diverse urination problems;
• Uncontrolled blood pressure and related heart diseases;
• Asthma and similar breathing issues;
• Breast cancer or its history;
• Seizures or convulsions;
• Pheochromocytom;
• Severe kidney or liver disorders;
• Parkinson’s diseases and other complications.

Even though he full impact of Compazine on nursing and unborn children has not been studied yet, it is not recommended to start the treatment course if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Drug Interactions

The combination of Compazine with other medications can lead to a number of undesirable effects and dangerous symptoms. Thus, it is essential to provide your doctor with a complete list of medications, herbal products, different supplements and vitamins you are currently taking. Consult your physician before using Prochlorperazine with the following medications:

• Narcotic pain drugs;
• Sleeping pills;
• Seizure treatments;
• Muscle relaxers;
• Depression and anxiety medications, etc.

A range of other pharmaceuticals may interact with Compazine, so inform your doctor about all of them to eliminate possible risks.

Side Effects

As any other medication, Compazine can cause mild and severe side effects. Common downsides include headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, stuffy nose, dry mouth, constipation and others. However, the medication overuse and misuse can activate more serious complications, including problems urinating, jaundice, symptoms of nervous system reaction, slow heart rate, lupus symptoms, etc.