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Promethazine

INFORMATION

Uses

Promethazine is used in the treatment of allergic disorders.

How it works

Promethazine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines. It also has additional anti-emetic, central sedative and anti-cholinergic properties. It acts by blocking a natural substance called histamine that your body produces during an allergic reaction.

Common side effects

Nightmare, Pale red skin, Itchy rash, Rash, Abdominal cramp, Abnormal liver function tests, Altered heart rate, Blurred vision, Confusion, Decreased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Disorientation (alteration of mental status), Dizziness, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Gastric irritation, Headache, Hypersensitivity reaction, Inability to empty the urinary bladder, Itching, Loss of appetite, Muscle cramp, Nausea, Restlessness, Vomiting, Fatigue

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue the promethazine tablets if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to promethazine or any of the other ingredients of promethazine tablet.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking promethazine if you feel drowsy.
  • Do not use promethazine for more than 7 days without doctor’s advice.
  • Do not use in patients in coma or suffering from depression.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of following disease conditions: severe coronary artery disease, narrow angle glaucoma, epilepsy (fits) or liver or kidney problem, block in the junction of stomach and intestine (pyloro-duodenal obstruction) or in the bladder neck.

Frequently asked questions

Promethazine

Q.Is promethazine or Promethazine DM syrup a narcotic/opiate/pain killer?
Promethazine is antihistaminic drug and not a narcotic/opiate/pain killer. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use

Q.Is promethazine over the counter?
No, it is available with doctor's prescription only

Q.Can I take promethazine for a hangover/sore throat/ nausea/stomach flu/cramps/toothache/ headache/ cough/pain?
Promethazine is used for treatment of symptoms of allergies, but not used for hangover, sore throat, stomach flu, cramps, toothache, headache and cough. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use

Q.Can I take promethazine with Nyquil/ codeine and ibuprofen/ Tylenol/ oxycodone/ Benadryl/ Dayquil/ Zofran/codeine and Nyquil/Xanax?
Yes, but taking other medicines may alter the effects of promethazine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

Q.Does promethazine/Promethazine VC have codeine in it?
No, it does not contain codeine in it

Q.Does promethazine or Promethazine DM make you sleepy/ get you high/make you tired?
Promethazine may cause these side effects which are not serious. However, always consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.


Content on this page was last updated on 16 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)