Compazine is an oral anti-psychotic drug called a phenothiazine. It is generally given to patients with schizophrenia, anxiety, and certain other conditions. It is also used as an antiemetic and as a migraine treatment.
How it Works
The active ingredient in Compazine is said to exert its effects through the blocking of dopamine receptors. This reduces the symptoms characteristic of individuals with schizophrenia. The blockage also facilitates other effects, including the analgesic effects and antiemetic effects.
Due to the action of the neurotransmitters and their receptors as a result of taking Compazine, this drug has multiple uses. It is mostly used as an antipsychotic in cases of schizophrenia and severe anxiety, but it is also given to treat migraines and to prevent vomiting or nausea.
The quantity and intervals between dosages will be determined by a doctor, depending primarily on the specific condition and how severe their symptoms may be. The initial dosage will be low, but this may gradually be increased to meet a particular dose decided by your physician. Withdrawing the drug will have to be similar, reducing over a period of time. Patients may have to take several doses per day, depending on their condition.
A few minor side effects may be observed with the use of Compazine, however these should not be troubling:
Skin rash or itching
Missed menstrual periods or amenorrhea
It is always better to inform your doctor about any side effects you may experience. However, you should contact a physician at once if you experience any of these more severe effects:
Twitching or other uncontrollable movements
More severe symptoms of the condition
Always tell your doctor about your previous medical treatments and conditions. You should also disclose a family medical history and drug use, recreational and prescription. This way your doctor will know what risks you face and how to treat your current condition best.
Compazine is generally not prescribed in cases involving dementia, and it is not recommended for long-term use. Prolonged use can cause movement disorders that cannot be treated. This risk is higher in women and adults who are of advanced age.
If you are pregnant and taking this drug, do not stop it suddenly. Discuss with your doctor what your options are. Sudden withdrawal of the drug can be extremely dangerous. This drug can pass into breast milk as well, so it is not advised to start this drug if you are currently breastfeeding. This medication is not advised for children under the age of two. It is also not suitable for children with other illnesses like fever, flu, and other infectious diseases like chickenpox or the measles.
If you miss a dose, take the tablet as soon as you remember, but skip this dose if it is already almost time for the next dose. Never take more of the drug to make up for a missed dose. Contact a doctor or medical center if you suspect that you have taken too much.