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Compazine vs. Xanax

Are Compazine and Xanax the Same Thing?

Compazine (prochlorperazine) and Xanax (alprazolam) are used to treat anxiety.

Compazine is used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Compazine is also used to control severe nausea and vomiting.

Xanax is also used to treat panic attacks.

Compazine is a phenothiazine anti-psychotic and Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

The brand name Compazine is discontinued in the U.S. Generic versions may be available.

Side effects of Compazine and Xanax that are similar include dizziness, drowsiness, sleep problems (insomnia), dry mouth, stuffy nose, blurred vision, constipation, weight changes, swelling in hands or feet, or headache.

Side effects of Compazine that are different from Xanax include anxiety, strange dreams, breast swelling or discharge, missed menstrual periods, impotence, trouble having an orgasm, mild itching, skin rash, and low blood pressure (hypotension).

Side effects of Xanax that are different from Compazine include tiredness, memory problems, poor balance or coordination, slurred speech, trouble concentrating, irritability, diarrhea, increased sweating, headache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, appetite changes, muscle weakness, or loss of interest in sex.

Both Compazine and Xanax may interact with antibiotics, birth control pills, blood pressure medications, or medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection.

Compazine may also interact with atropine, lithium, diuretics (water pills), hormone replacement estrogens, blood thinners, asthma medications, drugs to treat prostate disorders, incontinence medications, insulin or oral diabetes medications, medication for nausea, vomiting, or motion sickness, medications to treat or prevent malaria, medications used for general anesthesia, numbing medicine, stimulants, ADHD medication, ulcer or irritable bowel medications, medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome, or pituitary gland tumor. Many other medicines can interact with Compazine.

Xanax may also interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, other sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), cimetidine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, antifungals, antidepressants, barbiturates, heart medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, or seizure medications.

Do not stop using Xanax suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Compazine?

Side effects of Compazine include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • anxiety,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • strange dreams,
  • dry mouth,
  • stuffy nose,
  • blurred vision,
  • constipation,
  • breast swelling or discharge,
  • missed menstrual periods,
  • weight gain,
  • swelling in hands or feet,
  • impotence,
  • trouble having an orgasm,
  • mild itching,
  • skin rash,
  • headache, and
  • low blood pressure (hypotension).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Xanax?

Common side effects of Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Memory problems
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of interest in sex

What Is Compazine?

Compazine (prochlorperazine) is a phenothiazine anti-psychotic used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Compazine (prochlorperazine) is also used to treat anxiety, and to control severe nausea and vomiting.

What Is Xanax?

Xanax (alprazolam) is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety in adults. Xanax is also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder in adults with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).

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What Drugs Interact With Compazine?

Compazine may interact with antibiotics, anti-malaria medications, or other medicines to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting. Compazine may also interact with atropine, lithium, diuretics (water pills), birth control pills or hormone replacement estrogens, blood pressure medications, blood thinners, asthma medications, drugs to treat prostate disorders, incontinence medications, insulin or oral diabetes medications, medications used for general anesthesia, medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, numbing medicine, stimulants, ADHD medication, ulcer or irritable bowel medications, or medicines to treat Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome, or pituitary gland tumor.

Do not stop using Compazine suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or feeling shaky.

What Drugs Interact With Xanax?

Xanax may interact with cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicine for depression or anxiety, antibiotics, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, and barbiturates. Xanax may also interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, and seizure medications.

Do not take Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, or any of the ingredients in Xanax. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Xanax. you are taking antifungal medicines including ketoconazole and itraconazole.

Do not stop using Xanax without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Xanax suddenly.

How Should Compazine Be Taken?

Dosage of Compazine i adjusted to the response of the individual. Begin with the lowest recommended dosage.

How Should Xanax Be Taken?

Take Xanax exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Xanax to take and when to take it. If you take too much Xanax, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma and death.

Xanax can make you sleepy or dizzy, and can slow your thinking and motor skills.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Xanax affects you.

Do not drink alcohol or take other drugs that may make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Xanax without first talking to your healthcare provider. When taken with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness, Xanax may make your sleepiness or dizziness much worse.

Do not take more Xanax than prescribed.

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References
SOURCES:

DailyMed. Compazine Product Monograph.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=9bdba30b-53b4-427a-af74-7a39b52130b2

Pfizer. Xanax Product Information.

http://labeling.pfizer.com/showlabeling.aspx?id=547

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