henergan (Promthazine) and fatigue

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Lisa (AKA pain)
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   Posted 5/3/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I recently had surgery (unrelated to my chronic pain). I have been on opiads for my pain for years. After my surgery, the doctor prescribed Phenergan to prevent nausea. I'd been having nausea problems before. I thought this would be my "magical" cure. However, while on the chat site, someone told me it knocks them out.

I have been increasingly sleepy/sleeping since the surgery (it's been over 3 weeks). I am now wondering if it is the Phenergan (Promthazine is generic name), that is causing such fatigue. Has anyone else had this side effect?

Lisa

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   Posted 5/3/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Excessive sedation may occur when promethazine is combined with other medications that depress the central nervous system (brain). Such drugs include ethanol, barbiturates, anti-anxiety medications, sedatives, other phenothiazines, and narcotic pain medications.
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Lisa (AKA pain)
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   Posted 5/3/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh really?

I had no idea - I wonder why in the world they would have prescribed it for me then. Hmmmmm. Do you happen to know of any other anti-nausea meds that would work with percocet and valium? (Without knocking me out?)

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ryand
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   Posted 5/3/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Lisa:

Are you using the suppository form of phenergen? There is a pill form of the same med that worked better for me w/o the sedating effect. You might also try zofran (ondansetron is the generic, I think). That dissolves on your tongue. That one didn't work for me, but I don't think it's supposed to make you sleepy either.

Good luck!
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   Posted 5/3/2008 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa,

Phenergan is well known for causing drowsiness. I've switched to Zofran and have no side effects from it. Works fast too. There's a generic out now so the copay/cost isn't near so high. Ask your doc...shouldn't be an issue for you to switch.

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ryand
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   Posted 5/3/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I just checked... The pill form is promethegan, not promethazine. I am not sure how exactly they are different, but the promethegan doesn't make me sleepy at all.

Chutz: Is your Zofran the dissolving kind? Everytime I tried that it made me throw up! I think I'm just too sensitive to the taste of it. Wondering if there is a non-dissolving kind, as IV zofran really helped the best in the hospital.

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   Posted 5/3/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ryand!

Just regular old white, hard pill. Small, has an R on one side. They work for me in about 1/2 hour. Hope that helps.

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crohnie1985
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   Posted 5/4/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello,

I have also taken the same med, at first it made me soooooo sleepy, now I don't get that feeling any more. Hope you get past that.


Lisa (AKA pain)
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   Posted 5/4/2008 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Thank you so much for all of your advice. I will ask my doctor about all of the options you have all suggested. I did try a Phenergan again today and it didn't seem to make me as sleepy - maybe I am building up a resistance to the sleepiness. I only slept for one hour today instead of most of the day! However, I am still real tired.

I appreciate all you taking the time to respond (with helpful advice as well!)

Lisa

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