What is this medicine?
DROPERIDOL (droe PER i dole) is used to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with surgery or other procedures.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection into a muscle or for slow injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fainting spells or dizziness
fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
muscle spasms or stiffness
restlessness or agitation, nervousness
rolling or rotating movement of the eyes
slow or difficult breathing
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, ofloxacin, sparfloxacin, telithromycin, and troleandomycin
certain medicines used in chemotherapy like daunorubicin, doxorubicin
general and local anesthetics
medicines to control heart rhythm
other medicines for nausea and vomiting like dolasetron and palonosetron
phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, mesoridazine, perphenazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine, and trifluoperazine
sodium phosphate salts
tricyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline, desipramine, nortriptyline, and others
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart disease, including heart failure
if you frequently drink alcohol-containing beverages
irregular heart beats or slow heart rate
an unusual or allergic reaction to droperidol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be closely monitored following administration of this medicine.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.