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Generic: droperidol
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It is used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with surgery or other procedures.
               



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What is this medicine?

DROPERIDOL (droe PER i dole) is used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with surgery or other procedures.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • heart disease, including heart failure
  • if you frequently drink alcohol- containing beverages
  • irregular heart beats or slow heart rate
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to droperidol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle or for slow injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • abarelix
  • alfuzosin
  • amoxapine
  • apomorphine
  • arsenic trioxide
  • certain antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, sparfloxacin, telithromycin, and troleandomycin
  • certain medicines used in chemotherapy like daunorubicin, doxorubicin
  • chloroquine
  • cisapride
  • clozapine
  • cyclobenzaprine
  • general and local anesthetics
  • halofantrine
  • haloperidol
  • levomethadyl
  • maprotiline
  • medicines to control heart rhythm
  • methadone
  • octreotide
  • other medicines for nausea and vomiting like dolasetron and palonosetron
  • pentamidine
  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, mesoridazine, perphenazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine, and trifluoperazine
  • pimozide
  • ranolazine
  • risperidone
  • sertindole
  • sodium phosphate salts
  • tacrolimus
  • tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, desipramine, nortriptyline, and others
  • vardenafil
  • ziprasidone

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
  • diuretics
  • laxatives
  • medicines for depression
  • prescription pain medicines

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be closely monitored following administration of this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

               
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