Generic Name: thiethylperazine (thye eh thill PEAR a zeen)Brand Names: Torecan
Thiethylperazine is in a class of drugs called phenothiazines.
Thiethylperazine is used to relieve nausea and vomiting.
Thiethylperazine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Call your doctor immediately if you experience uncontrollable movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, arms or legs.Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Thiethylperazine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking thiethylperazine. Do not take thiethylperazine with other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants, except under the direction of your doctor.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking thiethylperazine?
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have
heart disease or other heart problems such as high blood pressure, low blood pressure, a previous heart attack, irregular heartbeats, or other conditions;
seizures or epilepsy;
an enlarged prostate or difficulty urinating; or
You may not be able to take thiethylperazine, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.It is not known whether thiethylperazine will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether thiethylperazine passes into breast milk and how it might affect a nursing infant. Do not take thiethylperazine without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Thiethylperazine is not recommended for use by children younger than 12 years of age. If you are over 60 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from thiethylperazine. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose of this medication.
Take thiethylperazine exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Thiethylperazine is usually taken several times a day. Follow your doctor's instructions.Store thiethylperazine tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Symptoms of a thiethylperazine overdose include drowsiness, deep sleep, agitation, restlessness, seizures or convulsions, fever, coma, and death.
an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
uncontrollable movements of the mouth, tongue, cheeks, jaw, arms, or legs;
yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take thiethylperazine and talk to your doctor if you experience
headache, dizziness, or drowsiness;
agitation, weakness, or tremor (shaking);
an increased heart rate;
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Usual Adult Dose for Nausea/Vomiting:
10 mg orally or via deep intramuscular injection, 1 to 3 times a day as needed.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Nausea/Vomiting:
> 12 years: 10 mg orally or via deep intramuscular injection, 1 to 3 times a day as needed.
Thiethylperazine may increase the side effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with thiethylperazine. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Thiethylperazine is available with a prescription under the brand name Torecan in 10 mg tablets and as an injection. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.