Compazine
DESCRIPTION

Compazine is an anti-psychotic medication that belongs to the group of phenothiazine drugs. This drug is available in the forms of tablets, oral solutions, injections and suppositories.

How It Works

This drug functions by blocking dopamine receptors to create an anti-psychotic effect in the body. Dopamine receptors are located in the central nervous system and are highly dependent on the neurotransmitter Dopamine to function. Dopamine is connected with many neurological manners such as learning, thinking, pleasure and memory. An imbalance of dopamine in your body can cause usual mental patterns that can lead to severe mental disorders. The intake of Compazine exerts an antiemetic effect in areas of chemoreceptor stimulation which are accountable for initiating vomiting.

Uses

Compazine is a remedy for anxiety and schizophrenia. It can also treat nausea and vomiting.

Dosage

The Compazine dosage is first given in small quantities and gradually increased. The dose is usually tailored according to the patient’s age and susceptibility to neuromuscular reactions.

To treat nausea and vomiting, the recommended dose is 5 or 10 mg which is to be taken 3 or 4 times per day. Do not take more than that without doctor’s advice.

The dose for adults with non-psychotic anxiety is 5 mg per day to be taken 3 or 4 times.

For mild schizophrenia, the recommended dose is 5 to 10 mg per day and has to be taken 3 or 4 times. Severe schizophrenia is treated with a starting dose of 40 mg per day to be taken in divided doses. Dosage can be increased in small quantities in 3 days. Maximum dose is 100 mg.

Children are likely to react to this drug if given the adult dosage. Start with the lowest effective dosage in pediatric use. To treat nausea and vomiting in children, the dose is 7.5 to 15 mg depending on body weight. Do not give Compazine to children below 2 years of age or below 20 pounds in weight.

Side Effects

Given below is a list of common side effects that result from the use of Compazine.

Lightheadedness
Dizziness
Constipation
Blurry vision
Dryness in mouth
Agitation
Blocked nose

Precautions

There are several precautions to be taken before using this drug. Tell your doctor if anything in the list below is relevant to you.

Pregnancy
Breastfeeding
Use of other drugs including dietary supplements
Allergies to any medicine or food
Heart problems
Liver disease
Kidney disease
Diabetes
High or low blood pressure
Enlarged prostrate
Depression
Bone marrow disorder
Urine problems
Seizures
Asthma or other respiratory diseases
Alzheimer’s disease
History of alcohol or drug abuse
Taken an x-ray of the spinal cord in the recent past

Before going in for any surgery, let your doctor know if you are taking Compazine.

Avoid associating with people who are down with a flu, cough or cold when you are on this medication. Compazine is known to weaken your immune system and thereby, reduce the ability to fight infections.

Self-Care

To relieve dryness in mouth which is caused by Compazine, drink more water, suck on a sugarless hard candy such as a toffee or chew sugarless chewing gum.

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