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Promethazine - Rectal - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I use this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while using 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?

Promethazine is used to relieve allergic conditions, such as runny nose, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, rashes and hives.

This medicine may also be used to facilitate sleep and prevent vomiting, motion sickness, and apprehension or anxiety prior to or after surgery.

This medicine may be used to treat other conditions, as decided by your doctor.

How do I use this medicine?

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

How to use Promethazine Rectal:

1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Remove the suppository from the foil wrapper.
3. If you are right-handed, lie on your left side and pull your right knee up to your chest.
4. Gently insert the suppository with the pointed end first into your rectum. Gently push the suppository as far as it would go.
5. Remain lying in this position for 10 -15 minutes to allow the suppository to melt. If you feel that the suppository is slipping out, press your buttocks together. The suppository must remain in the rectum so that the medicine can be absorbed.

You may stop using Promethazine once you feel better, unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.

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

Use 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.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have lung diseases e.g. asthma as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Do not give Promethazine to children below 2 years old, as it can cause serious breathing problems in these children.

What should I take note of while using this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- lung problems e.g. asthma, bronchitis , difficulty breathing during sleep
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- heart disease
- liver disease
- glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes)
- stomach or bowel disorder e.g. stomach ulcer, bowel obstruction
- enlarged prostate or difficulty in passing urine
- bone-marrow suppression (low blood counts)

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Promethazine to a young child or elderly person. Young children and elderly people may be more sensitive to the side effects of Promethazine.

Promethazine may mask the symptoms of undetected conditions like Reye's syndrome. If unsure, alert a doctor immediately.

What side effects could I experience?

Promethazine causes dizziness and blurred vision. It may also cause you to suddenly fall asleep during your daily activities such as eating and watching television. You may not feel drowsy before you fall asleep. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects may include any of the following: dry mouth, tiredness, headache, restlessness, nervousness, nightmares, confusion (especially in the elderly), nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach upset, constipation.

Promethazine may make you more sensitive to sunlight. If this occurs, avoid direct sunlight and sun lamps. When outdoors, you may also use sun protection such as hats, umbrellas, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sunblock.

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

- itch, swelling or skin rashes
- chest tightness or difficulty breathing
- faintness
- irregular heartbeat
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- unusual bleeding or bruising with frequent and persistent sore throat with fever

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?

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

- medicines for depression e.g. imipramine, fluoxetine
- medicines for anxiety and sleep disorder e.g. alprazolam, lorazepam
- medicines for moderate to severe pain e.g. codeine, morphine, tramadol

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

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 the refrigerator, between 2-8 °C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used.

Keep away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Promethazine - Rectal 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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