Prochlorperazine 5mg Tablets
- Treats nausea and sickness
- Works within 30-60 minutes
- Effectively treats nausea caused by a range of conditions
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What is Prochlorperazine?
Maximum quantity per treatment - 84 tablets
Prochlorperazine is an anti-sickness medicine that is taken to prevent nausea and vomiting. It contains the active ingredient prochlorperazine maleate and can be taken to treat the likes of morning sickness and vertigo.
Prochlorperazine is also available as a branded version, Stemetil 5mg tablets which can be bought online at Medicine Direct.
Prochlorperazine can be used by adults and children over 1 year of age and will normally start to work after around 30 minutes of being taken.
What are Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets used to treat?
Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets are an effective medicine for nausea and vomiting. They can also be used to treat migraines and dizziness as a result of ear problems. In some cases, Prochlorperazine may be prescribed to treat anxiety.
You can use Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets to treat nausea that comes with a variety of different conditions, including:
- Morning sickness
- Travel sickness
- Vertigo (dizziness)
- Conditions that affect balance
- Sickness that comes from cancer treatments, general anaesthetics or from taking other medicines
For more information on what prochlorperazine is used to treat, read our helpful medical guide.
How does Prochlorperazine work?
The active ingredient contained in Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets is prochlorperazine maleate, which belongs to a group of medicines known as phenothiazines.
Typically, Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets will start to work in around 30 to 60 minutes. They work by blocking the dopamine receptors in the section of the brain that causes nausea. This stops messages being sent to the “vomiting centre” in the brain, relieving the feeling of nausea.
The average starting dose for adults is as follows:
5mg three times a day
Stop nausea or vomiting
5mg or 10mg two or three times a day
Treatment of nausea or vomiting
20mg, which may be followed by 10mg two hours later
Short-term anxiety treatment
15-20mg a day in divided doses
The doses above may be altered as treatment progresses, but you should always follow your doctor’s dosage instructions.
These doses may be lower to treat elderly patients.
If Prochlorperazine is prescribed to treat children, their dose will be decided upon by their doctor in accordance with their weight.
How to take Prochlorperazine
Swallow Prochlorperazine tablets whole with a drink of water.
Do not let the tablets touch your skin for very long; this may cause itching, redness or swelling.
Read the patient information leaflet before you start to take this medicine for full instructions. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.
Who can take Prochlorperazine tablets?
Prochlorperazine provides effective relief from nausea and vomiting, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.
Do not take Prochlorperazine tablets if any of the following apply to you:
- You are allergic to prochlorperazine maleate or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine
- You have any prostate gland problems
- You have any liver problems
- You have any blood problems
- You have epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or glaucoma
Talk to your doctor before taking Prochlorperazine tablets:
- If you are elderly
- If you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are breastfeeding
- If you have AIDS
- If you suffer from myasthenia gravis, a condition which causes muscle weakness
- If you are at risk of a stroke or blood clot, such as diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure or you smoke
- If you or anyone in your family has a history of blood clots
Pregnant women should only take Prochlorperazine if their doctor recommends it. Make sure your doctor is aware that you are pregnant.
When taken in the final three months of pregnancy, a newborn baby may experience the following:
- Muscle stiffness/weakness
- Difficulty feeding
- Breathing problems
Speak to your doctor if your baby develops any of these issues.
You should not take these tablets while breastfeeding as there is not enough research to prove that it is safe to do so. Learn more about prochlorperazine during pregnancy.
This list may not be exhaustive. Refer to the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings.
Prochlorperazine Side Effects
Common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Stuffy nose
- Blurred vision
- Sleepiness or drowsiness
Please note this list is not exhaustive, for more information on side effects please read our detailed medical guide on Prochlorperazine side effects.
Can you buy Prochlorperazine over the counter?
You can buy Prochlorperazine over the counter for nausea and vomiting. However, you must have been diagnosed with migraines to be able to do this, otherwise you will need to be prescribed Prochlorperazine by a doctor.
Can you buy Prochlorperazine online in the UK?
You can buy Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets online from Medicine Direct once you have completed a simple online consultation with a registered medical professional. This will require you to fill out a confidential questionnaire, which will be reviewed by a prescriber to ensure that Prochlorperazine is the most suitable treatment for your condition.
You can then place your order with our UK-based pharmacy; order by 2pm and you will receive next day delivery.
For your own safety, do not order any medication online from anywhere other than regulated UK pharmacies, like Medicine Direct.
Prochlorperazine is available as Prochlorperazine Buccal tablets which dissolve in your mouth, making them an excellent choice for people who have difficulty swallowing medication. They are also available as a branded version, Stemetil (Prochlorperazine) 5mg Tablets.
Other medicines which work in a similar way include Domperidone and Cyclizine 50mg tablets. People respond differently to anti-sickness medicines depending on their condition and symptoms, so you may need to try more than one treatment until you find a fully effective one.
Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets Dosage and Directions
How to take Prochlorperazine tablets
Our pharmacists and prescribers will follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Prochlorperazine tablets.
Always take Prochlorperazine tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you take more than you were supposed to
An overdose of Prochlorperazine can be dangerous. Call 111 or speak to your doctor straight away if you have taken too much.
How to store Prochlorperazine Tablets
Store this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Keep out of direct sunlight; store the tablets in the original carton.
These tablets do not require any special storage conditions, but do not continue to use the medicine after the expiry date, which can be found on the packaging. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month stated.
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Prochlorperazine 5mg Tablets Side Effects
Rare side effects of Prochlorperazine include:
- Blood problems
- Breast swelling (in men and women)
- Milk secretion from the breast which is not a result of breastfeeding
- Feeling anxious or restless
- Women not getting their monthly period
Contact your doctor right away if you suffer from any of the below:
- Symptoms of an infection (shivering, high temperature, sweating, headache, swollen glands or sore throat)
- Blood clots
- Symptoms of decreased sodium concentration in the blood (headache, nausea and vomiting, cramps, seizures, coma)
- Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction (please see below)
- Symptoms of neuroleptic malignant syndrome (pale complexion, high temperature, alertness levels change, muscle stiffness)
Serious allergic reaction
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you must call 999 or go to A&E straight away.
You might be having a serious allergic reaction and need immediate treatment in hospital if:
- You have swelling in your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat
- You are wheezing
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You have tightness in your throat or chest
- You develop a skin rash that may include red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on side effects and how you should deal with them. If you are worried about getting side effects or have any questions, we strongly advise you to discuss your concerns with your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking Prochlorperazine.
Prochlorperazine tablets Warnings and Drug Interactions
Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and use sunscreen while taking Prochlorperazine, as this medicine may make you more sensitive to sunlight.
Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings and drug interactions before you start taking this medicine. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Other medicines and Prochlorperazine tablets
Before you start to take Prochlorperazine buccal tablets, please inform your doctor or pharmacist of any other medicines you are already using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
It is particularly important that they are aware if you are currently taking, or have recently taken, any of the following medications:
- Desferrioxamine (for high levels of iron in the body)
- Lithium (for mania and depression)
- Any sedatives or tranquilisers to help you to sleep
- Any antihypertensive medicines for high blood pressure
- Any anticholinergic medicines (normally used for depression)
- Any anticonvulsant medicines (to treat or prevent fits)
For more information on medicines that interact with Prochlorperazine tablets.
Prochlorperazine Tablets with food and drink
Ideally, you should take Prochlorperazine after a meal.
Do not drink alcohol while using Prochlorperazine as it may interact with this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Prochlorperazine 5mg tablets may cause side effects like dizziness, drowsiness and convulsions.
Do not drive, cycle or operate any machinery if you experience any of these reactions while taking this medication. If these symptoms continue, please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Prochlorperazine tablets contain sucrose
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication if your doctor has previously told you that you are intolerant to certain sugars.
Prochlorperazine Tablets Ingredients
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Prochlorperazine maleate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
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- 1 Choose your treatment Select the treatment or medication you need and answer a few questions online regarding your condition.
- 2 Online consultation Our Independent Prescribers will review your questions and assess your suitability for the medication.
- 3 Receive your delivery Your medication is dispensed and delivered directly to you from our UK based Pharmacy.