Treating Various Conditions With Compazine
Compazine for Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea (feeling "queasy") and vomiting ("throwing up") are very common symptoms. Causes of nausea and vomiting vary widely from less serious causes (such as motion sickness or the "stomach flu") to more serious causes (such as a head injury or heart attack). Many medications (especially chemotherapy medications) can cause nausea and vomiting.
While mild nausea or vomiting usually does not require treatment, severe nausea and vomiting can be a serious problem. It can cause dehydration and decrease a person's quality of life. Compazine is approved to treat severe nausea and vomiting. In addition to a tablet form, Compazine is also available in a rectal suppository form, which can be especially useful if a person cannot "keep down" a tablet due to severe vomiting.
Compazine for Anxiety
Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event, such as a big exam, business presentation, or first date. Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that load people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear that are chronic and unremitting, and that can grow progressively worse.
Depending on the type of anxiety, a person can experience several possible anxiety symptoms, including:
- Feeling shaky, jittery, or nervous
- Feeling tense, fearful, or apprehensive
- Avoiding certain places or activities because of fear
- A pounding or racing heart
- Trouble catching your breath when nervous
- Unjustified sweating or trembling
- A knot in your stomach
- A lump in your throat
- Finding yourself pacing
- Being afraid to close your eyes at night for fear that you may die in your sleep
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of dying.
- Anxiety medications
- Specific types of psychotherapy (sometimes called "talk therapy").
Compazine is approved for the short-term treatment of anxiety. Because of potentially serious Compazine side effects, it should be used only when other anxiety medications have failed or cannot be taken for other reasons. When taken for anxiety, Compazine should not be taken at doses higher than 20 mg a day or for more than 12 weeks.