Generic Promethazine: indications
Lots of people suffer from allergy that is accompanied by such disturbing symptoms as sneezing, itching, watery eyes and so on. To get relief patients use antihistamines – medications that block the occurring histamine chemical, that causes allergy symptoms. You can use Promethazine – a well-known anti-allergy drug that contains promethazine and helps to cope with the symptoms of an allergy:
- runny nose
- skin rashes
- watery eyes
Some patients are also recommended use promethazine after surgery to treats pain, vomiting and nausea, and prevent motion sickness. There may be some other indications for using the med.
Promethazine Generic: contraindications and precautions
Children under 2 years of age should not receive the treatment with Promethazine, as it may cause severe problems with breathing or even death in such young patients. If you child is above 2 years of age and you want to treat him with Promethazine, don’t do it without consulting a healthcare specialist.
Patients suffering from emphysema, severe asthma, or any other kind of breathing problems, as well as those who are allergic to phenothiazines (including prochlorperazine (Compro, Compazine), fluphenazine (Permitil), chlorpromazine (Thorazine), thioridazine (Mellaril), perphenazine (Trilafon), or trifluoperazine (Stelazine) are contraindicated to use Promethazine.
If you think you should try the treatment with promethazine, use the med only after consulting a medical specialist, if you have any of these conditions:
- bone marrow depression
- kidney disease
- adrenal gland tumor
- heart disease
- sleep apnea
- digestive obstruction
- enlarged prostate
- breathing problems
- a stomach ulcer
- problems with urination
- high blood pressure
If you are pregnant and think of using Promethazine, use the med only if told so by your doctor. FDA pregnancy category C. Only your physician may decide whether Promethazine may be taken in your case without any risks.
You shouldn’t use promethazine if you breast-fed a baby, as the med may harm an infant through breast milk.
Older patients have higher risks of having certain side effects. If you are above 50 and want to use promethazine, use the drug after seeing a medical specialist and discussing your personal risks with him.
Generic Promethazine: administration
Before using Promethazine, consult the administration section to know your exact dose and the schedule of treatment.
Take the drug with food or milk, or independently, never exceed doses. Measure your doses only with a special device that goes with the med.
In case of overdose, especially if you have any symptoms, appeal to medics asap.
Generic promethazine: side effects
Before using promethazine make sure you have the leaflet where you can find information about side effects.
You should stop taking the med and seek immediate medical attendance if any of these side effects develop in you:
- feeling restless
- trouble swallowing
- decreased night vision
- stiff muscles
- uncontrollable movements of body parts
- uneven heartbeats
- stomach pain
- tunnel vision
- bruising/ bleeding
- problems with balance
- skin rash
- flu symptoms
- rapid breathing
- feeling jittery
- watery eyes
- pale skin
- feeling like passing out
- increased sensitivity to light
- slow heart rate
- patchy skin color
- swollen glands
- swelling with fever
- joint pain
- unusual thoughts
- muscle aches
- problems with urination
- weak pulse
- chest pain
- slow breathing
In case a patient has less serious side effects, further taking of the med is not prohibited. Less serious side effects may be represented by:
- weight gain
- blurred vision
- stuffy nose
- dry mouth
- ringing in the ears
This list of side effects is incomplete. So if after you start the treatment there appear symptoms that differ from those mentioned above, report them to your healthcare specialist.
Promethazine generic: drug interactions
Before you use promethazine tell your medical professional about all meds you are currently taking, especially if they are:
- urinary or bladder medicaments including solifenacin (Vesicare), oxybutynin (Oxytrol, Ditropan) and some others;
- blood pressure medicaments including propranolol (Inderal), guanethidine (Ismelin), guanadrel (Hylorel), etc;
- Eskalith, Lithobid;
- bronchodilators – tiotropium (Spiriva), ipratropium (Atrovent), other;
- warfarin (Coumadin);
- scopolamine (Transderm-Scop);
- atropine (Sal-Tropine, Atreza);
- benztropine (Cogentin), methscopolamine (Pamine), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine),belladonna (Donnatal);
- meds for the treating of irritable bowel syndrome /stomach ulcer : hyoscyamine (Cystospaz, Anaspaz, Levsin, others), propantheline (Pro-Banthine), glycopyrrolate (Robinul), dicyclomine (Bentyl), mepenzolate (Cantil);
- meds for Parkinson’s disease, pituitary gland tumor, restless leg syndrome;
- MAO inhibitors, including phenelzine, isocarboxazid, selegiline, tranylcypromine.