What are Prochlorperazine Buccal Tablets and what are they used for?
Prochlorperazine buccal tablets (Buccastem M) are used to treat the feeling of nausea, which is brought on by conditions such as migraines, vertigo, and inner ear problems. Buccal tablets are not swallowed but placed onto the gums under the lip where they slowly dissolve in the mouth, this makes them a popular choice among people who cannot, or prefer not to swallow medicine.
Each box of Buccal M Tablets contains 16 (3 mg) tablets. They are suitable for adults aged between 18 to 65 years and are manufactured by Alliance Pharmaceuticals.
What is nausea?
Nausea is caused by imbalances in the vestibular system. This is a series of fluid chambers and nerves in each ear that controls the body’s sense of balance. When the brain detects conflicting information being relayed by the vestibular system and the eyes or muscles, it triggers the feeling of nausea. This is why irregular motion such as that on a plane or boat can lead to nausea. This type of nausea can affect anyone, but those who experience migraines may be much more susceptible.
How do Prochlorperazine Tablets work?
The tablets’ active ingredient, prochlorperazine, prevents the feeling of nausea and vomiting by blocking the activity of dopamine receptors in the area of the brain that initiates nausea.
Prochlorperazine is a type of drug called phenothiazine. Only a low dose of prochlorperazine is used to control nausea; at higher doses, this same medicine is used to treat psychiatric illnesses.
Alternatives for Nausea
There are quite a few forms of therapy associated with help to reduce or control nausea. These methods will not work as quickly as medication, however, they are often a good place to start. There is nothing stopping you from combining these methods with medication if it is needed.
These methods try to reduce nausea and vomiting by:
- Helping you feel relaxed
- Distracting you from what’s going on
- Helping you feel in control
- Making you feel less helpless