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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Inapsine

Generic Name: droperidol (Pronunciation: dro PER i dol)

What is droperidol (Inapsine)?

Droperidol is a sedative, tranquilizer, and anti-nausea medication.

Droperidol is used to reduce nausea and vomiting caused by surgery or other medical procedures.

Droperidol may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of droperidol (Inapsine)?

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

Tell your caregivers at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeat, fluttering in your chest;
  • chest tightness and trouble breathing;
  • fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • tremor (uncontrolled shaking); or
  • restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck.

Less serious side effects include:

  • drowsiness, dizziness; or
  • feeling restless or anxious.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about droperidol (Inapsine)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to droperidol, or have a personal or family history of "Long QT syndrome."

Before you receive droperidol, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder, low potassium, liver or kidney disease, adrenal gland cancer, or a history of alcohol abuse.

Before you receive droperidol, tell your doctor if you have been taking any medications to treat high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder, malaria, infections, a prostate disorder, depression or mental illness, or if you are using a narcotic pain medication.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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