pericyazine-oral (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: blood disorders, liver disease. Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., arrhythmias, cardiovascular disease), seizure disorders, low blood pressure, prostate problems, eye problems (e.g., glaucoma, retinal disease), digestion problems (e.g., constipation or paralytic ileus), certain kidney disease (e.g., pheochromocytoma), any allergies (especially to phenothiazine-type medication such as chlorpromazine). This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages. To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, use a sunscreen, and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: drugs used to treat diarrhea (e.g., loperamide, diphenoxylate), benztropine, certain drugs to help the stomach (e.g., anticholinergics such as belladonna, clidinium, dicyclomine, or hyoscyamine), motion sickness medication (e.g., scopolamine). Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives), tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), other psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine or tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of these products. Also, report drugs that affect the heart rhythm (QTc prolongation), such as: dofetilide, pimozide, sotalol, quinidine, procainamide, sparfloxacin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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