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Pethidine - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 

Why do I need this medicine?

Pethidine is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Pethidine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Oral solution should be taken in one half glass of water. Try to take it at the same time each day.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have lung failure (e.g. blocked airways, damaged lung tissues, asthma) as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Pethidine if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine to treat depression known as monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- delirium tremens (tremors, hallucination and disorientation caused by withdrawal from alcohol)
- drug abuse or history of drug abuse
- alcohol dependence
- head injury
- liver disease
- phaeochromocytoma (tumour of the adrenal gland)
- kidney disease
- enlargement of the prostate
- seizure (fits)
- thyroid disorder e.g. low activity of thyroid glands
- bile disorder e.g. inflammation of the pancreas
- fast heartbeat
- blood disorder e.g. sickle cell anaemia (red blood cell disorder)
- mental illnesses

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not give this medicine to children especially on infants unless instructed to do so by the doctor.

What side effects could I experience?

Pethidine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

You may also feel dizzy when getting up from a sitting or lying down position, especially if you are taking this medicine for the very first time. This is common and should improve gradually as you get used to this medicine. It will help if you get up slowly from a sitting or lying down position. If you are taking this medicine for the very first time, take the first dose of Pethidine at bedtime to minimise dizziness.

Other side effects may include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, headache, palpitations, tiredness. difficulty urinating, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, and rash.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:

- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated, or having alternating periods of feeling happy and unhappy)
- hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- irregular heartbeat
- muscle twitching
- seizure (fits)

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Pethidine if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine to treat depression known as monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:

- medicines for viral infections e.g. ritonavir, aciclovir
- medicines for bacterial infections e.g. linezolid
- medicines for TB (lung infection known as tuberculosis) e.g. isoniazid
- medicines for epilepsy (fits or seizure) e.g. phenytoin, phenobarbital, carbamazepine
- medicines for mood disorders e.g. chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine
- medicines for stomach ulcer e.g. cimetidine

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Pethidine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.


This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Pethidine - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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