Prochlorperazine AN tablets
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Prochlorperazine AN.
It does not contain all the available information that is known about Prochlorperazine AN.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using this medicine against the benefits he/she expects it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Prochlorperazine AN is used for
Prochlorperazine AN belongs to a group of medicines called phenothiazines. It helps to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, allowing it to function correctly. These chemicals may also affect the parts of the brain which control nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting.
Prochlorperazine AN is used to treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness due to various causes, including migraine (severe headache).
Your doctor may have prescribed Prochlorperazine AN for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Prochlorperazine AN has been prescribed to you. This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Prochlorperazine AN is not recommended for use in children (under the age of 2 years or children under 10 kg in weight).
Before you take Prochlorperazine AN
When you must not take it
Do not take Prochlorperazine AN if you have an allergy to:
- the group of medicines called phenothiazines;
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to Prochlorperazine AN may include:
- shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty in breathing;
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body;
- rash, itching or hives on the skin.
You should not take Prochlorperazine AN if you have any of the following medical conditions:
- disease of the blood with a low number of blood cells;
- yellowing of the skin and/or eye, also called jaundice.
Prochlorperazine AN must not be given to anyone who is unconscious or in a coma.
Do not take any medicines that cause drowsiness while you are taking Prochlorperazine AN.
Do not take Prochlorperazine AN after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack.
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not take Prochlorperazine AN if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Prochlorperazine AN, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take Prochlorperazine AN
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
- any other medicines;
- any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Like most phenothiazine medicines, Prochlorperazine AN is not recommended for use during pregnancy. If there is a need to take Prochlorperazine AN during your pregnancy, your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of using it.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is recommended that you do not breastfeed while taking Prochlorperazine AN, as it is not known whether Prochlorperazine AN passes into breast milk.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
- Pheochromocytoma, a rare tumour of the adrenal glands which sit near the kidneys.
- Parkinson's disease, a disease of the brain affecting movement which causes trembling, rigid posture, slow movement and a shuffling, unbalanced walk.
- Myasthenia gravis, a disease of the muscles causing drooping eyelids, double vision, difficulty in speaking and swallowing and sometimes muscle weakness in the arms or legs.
- Kidney problems.
- Heart and blood vessel problems, low blood pressure, blood clots.
- Liver disease.
- Prostate problems.
- Epilepsy, seizures or fits.
- Low blood calcium levels.
- An overactive thyroid gland.
- Glaucoma, a condition in which there is a build-up of fluid in the eye.
- Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, a reaction to some medicines with a sudden increase in body temperature, extremely high blood pressure and severe convulsions.
- A reaction to some medicines with uncontrollable twitching or jerking movements of the arms and legs.
- High blood sugar levels.
Tell your doctor if you are about to have any surgery that may require a general anaesthetic.
If you have not told your doctor or pharmacist about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Prochlorperazine AN.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines and Prochlorperazine AN may interfere with each other.
- Some medicines used to control depression or mood swings.
- Desferrioxamine, a drug used in iron overdose.
- Procarbazine, an anticancer drug.
- Some medicines used to control epilepsy.
- Medicines used to treat Parkinson’s Disease.
- Anticholinergic medicines which are used to relieve stomach cramps, spasms and travel sickness.
- Atropine, a medicine which may be used in some eye drops or cough and cold preparations.
- Some oral medicines used to prevent your blood from clotting.
- Medicines used to treat high blood pressure and fluid build-up in your body.
- Other medications such as bepridil, cisapride, sultopride, thioridazine, methadone, erythromycin injection, vincamine injection, halofantine, pentamidine, sparfloxacin, amphotericin B, glucocorticoids or tetracosactides.
- Certain laxatives.
These medicines may be affected by Prochlorperazine AN or may affect how well it works.
You may need different amounts of your medicine or may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Prochlorperazine AN.
How to take Prochlorperazine AN
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the pack, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much Prochlorperazine AN you will need to take each day. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.
The usual recommended dose for nausea and vomiting is 1 or 2 tablets three to four times daily.
The usual recommended dose for dizziness is 1 or 2 tablets three to four times daily.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not chew the tablets.
When to take it
It does not matter if you take Prochlorperazine AN before or after food.
If you are not sure what to do ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
How long to take it
Continue taking Prochlorperazine AN for as long as your doctor tells you.
If you take too much (overdose)
Do not try to vomit.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much Prochlorperazine AN. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose may include the following:
- Restlessness, shaking, muscle twitching, muscle weakness, spasm.
- Excitement or agitation.
- Low blood pressure.
- Fast heart beat.
- Decrease in body temperature.
- Small pupils in the eye.
- Difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
- Blue skin.
Your doctor or pharmacist has information on how to recognise and treat and overdose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
While you are taking Prochlorperazine AN
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any uncontrolled movements of the tongue, face, mouth or jaw, such as puffing of the cheeks, puckering of the mouth or chewing movements. These are symptoms of a very rare condition called Tardive Dyskinesia, which may develop in people taking phenothiazine medicine, including Prochlorperazine AN.
The condition is more likely to occur during long term treatment with Prochlorperazine AN, especially in elderly women. In very rare cases, this may be permanent.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Prochlorperazine AN.
If you are about to be started on any new medicines, tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist that you are taking Prochlorperazine AN.
If you plan to have surgery that needs a general anaesthetic, tell you doctor or dentist that you are taking Prochlorperazine AN.
If you become pregnant while taking Prochlorperazine AN, tell your doctor immediately.
Things you must not do
Do not give Prochlorperazine AN to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not take Prochlorperazine AN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.
Do not stop taking Prochlorperazine AN, or lower the dosage, even if you are feeling better, without checking with your doctor. If you stop taking Prochlorperazine AN suddenly, your condition may worsen or your chance of getting an unwanted side effect may increase. To prevent this, your doctor may gradually reduce the amount of Prochlorperazine AN you take each day before stopping completely.
Your doctor may check your eyes, thyroid, lipid and blood glucose levels.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed. Your doctor may think it is not working effectively and change your treatment unnecessarily.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Prochlorperazine AN affects you. As with other medicines, Prochlorperazine AN may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, tiredness, drowsiness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to Prochlorperazine AN before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or light-headed. If this occurs do not drive. If you drink alcohol, dizziness or lightheadedness may be worse.
If Prochlorperazine AN makes you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint, be careful when getting up from a sitting or lying position. Getting up slowly may help. Be careful when drinking alcohol while taking Prochlorperazine AN.
Combining Prochlorperazine AN and alcohol can make you more sleepy, dizzy or light-headed. Your doctor may suggest you avoid alcohol while you are being treated with Prochlorperazine AN.
If outdoors, wear protective clothing and use at least a 15+ sunscreen. Prochlorperazine AN may cause your skin to be much more sensitive to sunlight than it is normally. Exposure to sunlight may cause a skin rash, itching, redness or even severe sunburn. If your skin does appear to be burning, tell your doctor.
Make sure you keep cool in hot weather and keep warm in cool weather. Prochlorperazine AN may affect the way your body reacts to temperature changes.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Prochlorperazine AN. Prochlorperazine AN helps most people with nausea, vomiting and dizziness, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects.
Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects. If you are over 65 years of age you may have an increased chance of getting side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
If you get any side effects, do not stop taking Prochlorperazine AN without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- Dry mouth.
- Trembling, rigid posture, mask-like face, slow movements and a shuffling, unbalanced walk.
- Blurred vision.
The following side effects are less common:
- Low blood pressure.
- Changes in heart beats.
- Swelling of the hands, ankles or feet.
- Skin rash.
- For females, unusual secretion of breast milk, irregular periods.
- For males, breast enlargement, difficulty in ejaculating.
- Severe pain in the stomach with bloating, cramps and vomiting.
- Difficulty passing urine.
- Yellowing of the skin and/or eyes.
- Difficulty in breathing.
- High blood sugar levels.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
- Unusual muscle tone or spasms causing distortion of the body in children.
These are very serious side effects.
You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalization.
All of these side effects are very rare.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After using Prochlorperazine AN
Keep Prochlorperazine AN tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Protect from light.
Keep your Prochlorperazine AN in the pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the pack, they may not keep well.
Do not store Prochlorperazine AN or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it in the car on hot days or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Prochlorperazine AN, or your tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that are left over.
What it looks like
Prochlorperazine AN tablets are white/off white, circular uncoated tablets, marked with "5" on one side.
Prochlorperazine AN are available in packs of 25 tablets. AUST R 158413
Each tablet contains prochlorperazine maleate 5 mg.
- Maize starch
- Purified water
- Colloidal anhydrous silica
- Magnesium stearate
Name and Address of the Sponsor
Scentia Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
8 – 12 Ordish Road
VIC – 3175
Date of Preparation
Doc ID: 90.AN.M.1.0
Published by MIMS November 2014