Compazine is a medication taken by patients to treat severe vomiting and nausea caused by cancer treatment, surgery, etc. Basically, it belongs to a group of meds called phenothiazines, and its intake is not recommended to children. Older patients with dementia aren’t recommended to take this medication, too, because of a possible risk of serious side effects, including pneumonia, irregular and fast heartbeats. That’s why Compazine is not advised to treat any dementia-related behavioral issues. Patients need to take this medicine orally, 3-4 times a day, with and without food. Their daily dosage is prescribed by doctors based on their age, individual tolerance and medical condition.
Serious and Mild Compazine Side Effects
Like many other drugs, this medication is responsible for causing certain adverse effects, such as:
Dizziness and drowsiness;
Constipation and blurred vision;
Lightheadedness and dry mouth.
They are rare and more of them are mild, but if any of these signs worsen, you should tell your doctor immediately. To relieve dry mouth, it’s advisable to suck on ice chips, chew special gums, use saliva substitutes and drink enough water. To avoid a risk of lightheadedness and dizziness, you should get up slowly from any lying or sitting position. Most patients, who take Compazine, don’t have any serious adverse effects, such as:
Mood and mental changes;
Uncontrolled or unusual movements;
Restlessness and agitation;
Difficulty urinating and shaking;
Muscle spasms and tongue movements;
Tender or enlarged breasts;
Easy bruising and bleeding;
Unusual mild production and weakness;
Signs of new infections and stomach pain;
Yellow eyes and skin;
Persistent vomiting and nausea;
Seizures and allergic reactions.
If you notice any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it’s necessary to go to the hospital. In very rare cases, the use of Compazine may lead to NMS, so you need to get medical help if you experience the following side effects:
Severe tiredness and fever;
Severe confusion and increased sweating;
Muscle tenderness, pain and weakness;
Dark urine and other urine changes;
Irregular and fast heartbeats.
Possible Compazine Contraindications
Before you start using this drug, visit doctors and discuss possible risks, allergies and other medical conditions that you have, including breathing difficulties, immune system and blood disorders, glaucoma, heart diseases, kidney and liver issues, brain disorders, intestine and stomach conditions, difficulty urinating and others.
Don’t take Compazine together with alcoholic beverages, antihistamines, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain killers, muscle relaxants and so on. This medication may interfere with specific lab tests, so doctors should be informed about that. Tell them about other medications that you’re taking to avoid possible drug interactions.