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Panectyl is a prescription medication used to treat itching and coughing. It contains trimeprazine as an active ingredient. Trimeprazine has sedative and antipruritic effects and is classified as a phenothiazine derivative. It has reduced central activity and is used primarily for its antihistaminic and antipruritic properties.
Use and Dosage
Panectyl tablets come in doses of 2.5 mg and 5 mg which should be taken orally with or without food, usually used 4 times a day or as directed by a doctor. It should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water and should not be crushed or chewed.
The recommended therapeutic dosages of Panectyl range from 2.5 mg to 10 mg, and it is typically well-tolerated at these doses. However, the specific recommended dosage for humans is not specified. Note that the dosage may vary and should be determined by a physician or pharmacist based on individual patient factors. Review the dose after 8 weeks of administration.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Panectyl (Trimeprazine):
- Dry mouth
- Nasal congestion
- Vivid dreams
- Abdominal discomfort
Forms and Strength
Panectyl (Trimeprazine) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 2.5 mg
- 5 mg
- Panectyl should be used with caution in elderly patients, as they may be more sensitive to its sedative effects.
- Panectyl may cause dry mouth, constipation, blurred vision, or urinary retention. These side effects should be reported to your doctor if they persist or become bothersome.
- Panectyl should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures, as it may lower the seizure threshold.
- Panectyl may interact with other medications, including certain antibiotics, antifungals, and blood thinners. Check with your doctor before taking any other medications while on Panectyl.
- Panectyl may prolong the QT interval in some patients, which could lead to a serious heart rhythm problem called torsades de pointes. It should be used with caution in patients with a history of QT prolongation or in those taking medications that prolong the QT interval.
- Panectyl may cause a decrease in blood pressure, which could lead to dizziness or fainting. This effect may be more significant in patients who are dehydrated or who are taking medications that also lower blood pressure.
- Panectyl may worsen symptoms of asthma or other respiratory conditions. Patients with these conditions should use Panectyl with caution and under the guidance of their doctor.
- Panectyl should be used with caution in patients with a history of liver or kidney disease, as it may accumulate in their bodies and increase the risk of side effects.
- Panectyl may cause photosensitivity or an increased risk of sunburn. Patients should use sunscreen and protective clothing when exposed to sunlight.
- Rarely, Panectyl may cause a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Patients experiencing symptoms such as swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing; or hives should seek emergency medical attention.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Panectyl addictive?
Panectyl is not known to be addictive but follow the dosage and administration instructions provided by a doctor or healthcare professional.
Can Panectyl be used for anxiety?
Panectyl is not typically used to treat anxiety, as it is primarily an antihistamine that is used to treat itching and coughing. There are other medications that are specifically designed to treat anxiety and should be used under the guidance of a doctor or healthcare professional.
Can Panectyl cause drowsiness?
Yes, drowsiness is a common side effect of Panectyl. Patients should use caution when driving or operating heavy machinery while taking the medication.
Is Panectyl safe for children?
Panectyl may be used in children, but the dosage and administration will depend on factors such as the child's age, weight, and medical history, and should be determined by a doctor or healthcare professional.
It's important to purchase Panectyl from verified Canadian pharmacy.