Generic Name: Trimeprazine Syrup (trye MEP re zeen)
Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018
Uses of Trimeprazine Syrup:
- It is used to treat itching.
- It is used to relieve coughing.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Trimeprazine Syrup?
For all patients taking trimeprazine syrup:
- If you have an allergy to trimeprazine syrup or any part of trimeprazine syrup.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are very sleepy.
- If you have recently drunk a lot of alcohol or taken a big amount of drugs that may slow your actions like phenobarbital or some pain drugs like oxycodone.
- If you have ever had a blood problem.
- If your child is younger than 2 years of age. Do not give trimeprazine syrup to a child younger than 2 years of age.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with trimeprazine syrup.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take trimeprazine syrup with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Trimeprazine Syrup?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take trimeprazine syrup. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how trimeprazine syrup affects you.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- An unsafe heartbeat that is not normal (long QT on ECG) has happened with trimeprazine syrup. Sudden deaths have rarely happened in people taking trimeprazine syrup. Talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use trimeprazine syrup with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using trimeprazine syrup while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- This medicine has alcohol in it. Talk with the doctor.
How is this medicine (Trimeprazine Syrup) best taken?
Use trimeprazine syrup as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take at bedtime. If you have also been told to take trimeprazine syrup during the day, take those doses after meals.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with trimeprazine syrup. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure trimeprazine syrup.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take trimeprazine syrup on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times trimeprazine syrup is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- A fast heartbeat.
- Dizziness or passing out.
- Trouble controlling body movements, twitching, change in balance, trouble swallowing or speaking.
What are some other side effects of Trimeprazine Syrup?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Upset stomach.
- Belly pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Trimeprazine Syrup?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about trimeprazine syrup, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.