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What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking Prochlorperazine:

Tell your doctor if you have a bone marrow disease, glaucoma, seizures, Parkinson's disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or an enlarged prostate. You may not be able to take this medicine, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Moreover, please inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines: antacids (take antacids at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking a dose of prochlorperazine, otherwise they will decrease the effectiveness of your medication); alcohol; over-the-counter cough, cold, or allergy medications; sleep aids; antidepressants; muscle relaxants; barbiturates; or seizure medications. (these drugs will increase the side of effects of prochlorperazine, especially drowsiness and dizziness); blood pressure medications such as propranolol (Inderal®), methyldopa (Aldomet®), and clonidine (Catapres®) (these medicines may cause dizziness and fainting if used with prochlorperazine); anticoagulants such as warfarin (Coumadin®) (these medicines may have decreased effects, which could lead to blood clotting); and phenytoin (Dilantin®) (prochlorperazine may increase the effects of phenytoin and lead to side effects. You may need a lower dose of phenytoin).

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with prochlorperazine. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Additionally, it is not known whether prochlorperazine will harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Furthermore, it is not known whether this medicine will harm a nursing infant. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from prochlorperazine, and you may require a lower dose of this medication.

Use cautiously when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Prochlorperazine may cause dizziness or drowsiness, so try to avoid these activities. Alcohol can also increase these symptoms and should be used in moderation.

Dizziness is also likely to occur when you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a possible fall.

Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight. Prochlorperazine may increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when exposure to the sun is unavoidable.

 

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