Promethazine

How It Works:

Promethazine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines. It also has additional anti-emetic, central sedative and anti-cholinergic properties. It acts by blocking a natural substance called histamine that your body produces during an allergic reaction.

Side Effects:

muscle spasms and tic-like movements of the head and face, restlessness, abnormal liver function., itching of skin, and disorientation, blurred vision, raised, nausea, abdominal cramps, urinary retention, change from normal heartbeat, vomiting, irregular heartbeats that one can feel, low blood pressure, headaches, gastric irritation, confusion, tiredness, Drowsiness, loss of appetite, pale red, hypersensitivity reactions, dizziness, rash, unpleasant dreams, and diarrhea, dry mouth, itchy skin rash

Used For:

Promethazine is used for treatment of allergies to the upper respiratory tract and skin including symptoms of sneezing, runny and itchy nose and eye irritation and red, raised, itchy skin rash. It is also used to prevent and control nausea, vomiting and pain which may occur after surgery; to prevent motion sickness. It also used as a short-term sedative.

Instructions:

  • Do not start or continue the promethazine tablets if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to promethazine or any of the other ingredients of promethazine tablet.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking promethazine if you feel drowsy.
  • Do not use promethazine for more than 7 days without doctor’s advice.
  • Do not use in patients in coma or suffering from depression.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of following disease conditions: severe coronary artery disease, narrow angle glaucoma, epilepsy (fits) or liver or kidney problem, block in the junction of stomach and intestine (pyloro-duodenal obstruction) or in the bladder neck.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is promethazine or Promethazine DM syrup a narcotic/opiate/pain killer?Promethazine is antihistaminic drug and not a narcotic/opiate/pain killer. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is promethazine over the counter?No, it is available with doctor’s prescription only.
Q. Is promethazine safe in pregnancy?No, it is not safe in pregnancy. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use.
Q. Can I take promethazine for a hangover/sore throat/ nausea/stomach flu/cramps/toothache/ headache/ cough/pain?Promethazine is used for treatment of symptoms of allergies, but not used for  hangover, sore throat, stomach flu, cramps, toothache, headache and cough. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use.
Q. Can I take promethazine with Nyquil/ codeine and ibuprofen/ Tylenol/ oxycodone/ Benadryl/ Dayquil/ Zofran/codeine and Nyquil/Xanax?Yes, but taking other medicines may alter the effects of promethazine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Does promethazine/Promethazine VC have codeine in it?No, it does not contain codeine in it.
Q. Does promethazine or Promethazine DM make you sleepy/ get you high/make you tired?Promethazine may cause these side effects which are not serious. However, always consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
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