GENERIC NAME: METHOTRIMEPRAZINE - ORAL TABLET, LIQUID (METH-oh-try-MEP-ruh-zeen)
USES: This medication has calming, sedating and pain relieving actions. It is used for a variety of reasons which may include treatment of anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, psychiatric illness, nausea and vomiting or pain relief.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication as directed. This may be taken with food if it upsets your stomach. Do not increase your dose or take this more often without your doctor's approval.
SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dry mouth or constipation may occur especially the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water or use saliva substitute. To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. Notify your doctor if you develop: a skin rash, rapid or pounding heartbeat, difficulty urinating, unusual or jerky movements, yellowing of the skin or eyes, mental confusion, unusual weakness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: liver problems, heart problems, blood disorders, seizure disorders, prostate trouble, glaucoma, allergies (especially drug allergies). Use caution driving or operating machinery if this medication makes you drowsy. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: narcotic pain relievers, seizure medication, sleep agents, tranquilizers, allergy medication. It is recommended to avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this medication since it can enhance side effects. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include restlessness, muscle spasms, tremors, twitching, deep sleep or loss of consciousness, and seizures.
NOTES: Laboratory tests may be done periodically to monitor the effects of the drug if you take this medication for a long time.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.
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