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Tigan

Generic Name: trimethobenzamide (trye METH oh BENZ a mide)
Brand Name: Tigan

Medically reviewed on Mar 15, 2017

What is Tigan?

Tigan affects the areas of the brain that stimulate nausea and vomiting.

Tigan is used to treat nausea and vomiting related to surgery or caused by stomach flu.

Tigan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Tigan if you are allergic to it.

To make sure Tigan is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

Do not give this medication to a child or teenager without medical advice, especially if the child has a fever, flu symptoms, or chicken pox. Tigan is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

It is not known whether Tigan will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether trimethobenzamide passes into breast milk or if it could affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

How should I take Tigan?

Tigan is usually taken 3 or 4 times per day. You may also be using the medicine only when needed. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take Tigan in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Tigan is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Tigan?

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase certain side effects of trimethobenzamide.

Tigan side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Tigan and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • twitching or uncontrollable movements of your eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs;

  • trouble speaking or swallowing;

  • pain, stiffness, or unusual muscle spasm in your neck;

  • tremors, feeling restless or being unable to sit still;

  • a seizure (convulsions); or

  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults and those who are ill or debilitated.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Tigan?

Taking Tigan with other drugs that make you sleepy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic medication, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, mental illness, or seizures.

Other drugs may interact with trimethobenzamide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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