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Generic: promethazine
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It is used to treat allergic reactions and to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting from illness or motion sickness
               



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What is this medicine?

PROMETHAZINE (proe METH a zeen) is an antihistamine. It is used to treat allergic reactions and to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting from illness or motion sickness. It is also used to make you sleep before surgery, and to help treat pain or nausea after surgery.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • glaucoma
  • high blood pressure or heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • lung or breathing disease, like asthma
  • prostate trouble
  • pain or difficulty passing urine
  • seizures
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to promethazine or phenothiazines, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. This medicine should not be given to infants and children younger than 2 years old.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • medicines called MAO Inhibitors like Nardil, Parnate, Marplan, Eldepryl
  • other phenothiazines like trimethobenzamide

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • barbiturates like phenobarbital
  • bromocriptine
  • certain antidepressants
  • certain antihistamines used in allergy or cold medicines
  • epinephrine
  • levodopa
  • medicines for sleep
  • medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for movement abnormalities as in Parkinson's disease, or for gastrointestinal problems
  • muscle relaxants
  • prescription pain medicines

               
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