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Trimethobenzamide Description

Trimethobenzamide Description


Pronunciation : (trye meth oh ben' za mide)

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Why it is prescribed: Trimethobenzamide controls nausea and vomiting. It is prescribed for patients with the flu and other illness.

When it is to be taken: Trimethobenzamide usually is taken three or four times a day as needed. Follow the instructions on your prescription label. In capsule form, trimethobenzamide starts to work in 10 to 40 minutes and goes on working for approximately three or four hours.

How it should be taken: Trimethobenzamide comes in capsules, and rectal suppositories. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. To insert a suppository, follow these steps:
1. If the suppository feels soft, hold it under cold, running water for one minute. Then remove the wrapper.
2. Dip the tip of the suppository in water.
3. Lie down on your left side and raise your right knee to your chest.
4. Using yor finger, insert the suppository into the rectum, about 1/2 to 1 inch in infants and children and 1 inch in adults. Hold it in place for a few moments. You may get up after about 15 minutes.
5. Wash your hands thoroughly and resume your normal activities.

Special Instruction :
1. The medication can decrease mental alertness and physical coordination. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know this drug affects you.
2. If vomiting is severe or persists for more than two days or if you have a high fever, contact your doctor. Replace lost fluids by drinking extra water or other beverages.

Side Effects :
1. Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, muscle cramps, blurred vision, rectal irritation. Contact your doctor if these effects persist or are severe.
2. Allergic skin rash; tremors or shakiness; slow, jerking movements; shuffling walk; slow speech; yellowing of skin or eyes; fever, sore throat, and tiredness. Contact your doctor.

Other Precautions :
1. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should inform their doctors.
2. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol adds to the drowsiness caused by this drug and irritates your stomach.
3. Before you take trimethobenzamide, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially belladona alkaloids; antihistamines; medication for hay fever, allergies, or colds; prescription pain medication; sedatives; tranquilizers; sleeping pills; and medication for seizures.
4. Do not give trimethobenzamide to a child with symptoms of Reye's Syndrome. Contact the child's doctor at once.
5. Before you use trimethobenzamide suppositories, tell your doctor if you ever had a bad reaction to benzocaine or a local anesthetic.
6. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children.
2. Store it at room temperature.

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