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Papaverine capsules

Pronunciation

Generic Name: papaverine (pap-PAV-uhr-een)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Papaverine capsules are used for:

Relieving decreased blood flow to the brain and body due to spasms in blood vessels. It is also used to relieve decreased blood flow to the heart complicated by irregular heartbeat. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Papaverine capsules are a vasodilating agent. It works by dilating (widening) blood vessels, which helps increase blood flow. It also works on the heart to decrease irregular heartbeats.

Do NOT use papaverine capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in papaverine capsules

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using papaverine capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with papaverine capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have glaucoma, liver problems, or other heart problems (eg, angina, insufficiency, recent heart attack)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with papaverine capsules. However, no specific interactions with papaverine capsules are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if papaverine capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use papaverine capsules:

Use papaverine capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Papaverine capsules may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Swallow papaverine capsules whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • If you miss a dose of papaverine capsules, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use papaverine capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Papaverine capsules may cause drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to papaverine capsules. Using papaverine capsules alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking papaverine capsules, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using papaverine capsules during pregnancy. It is unknown if papaverine capsules are excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using papaverine capsules, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of papaverine capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); prolonged or severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include anxiety; blurred vision; breathing difficulty; coma; depression; loss of coordination or unsteady movement; severe or prolonged headache or stomach upset; skin rash; uncontrolled eye movement; unusual drowsiness; vision changes; weakness.

Proper storage of papaverine capsules:

Store papaverine capsules at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tight, light resistant container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep papaverine capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about papaverine capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Papaverine capsules are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take papaverine capsules or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about papaverine capsules. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to papaverine capsules. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using papaverine capsules.

Review Date: August 8, 2016

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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