Prokinin Explained: A Guide for Patients

Prokinin is a medication available in both tablet and suspension form, containing the active ingredient domperidone. Domperidone works by blocking dopamine receptors in your digestive system, helping to regulate stomach contractions and prevent nausea and vomiting.

When is Prokinin Used?

Prokinin is primarily used to treat two main conditions:

  • Chronic dyspepsia: This involves a range of uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, heartburn, nausea, and early satiety (feeling full after eating small amounts). Prokinin helps improve stomach emptying and reduce these symptoms.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Prokinin can be effective for various causes of nausea and vomiting, including functional (unexplained), organic (due to underlying medical conditions), drug-induced, and even nausea from radiotherapy.

How Does Prokinin Work?

Imagine your digestive system as a conveyor belt. When things slow down, food sits in your stomach for too long, causing discomfort and nausea. Prokinin acts like a gentle nudge, speeding up the movement of food through your stomach and out into your intestines. This reduces the time food spends in your stomach, thereby alleviating nausea and vomiting.

Taking Prokinin

The recommended dosage of Prokinin depends on your condition and age:

  • Chronic dyspepsia: Adults typically take 10mg (1 tablet or 10ml suspension) three times daily, 15-30 minutes before meals, with an optional fourth dose before bedtime. Children’s dosage is based on weight (2.5ml per 10kg bodyweight, three times daily).
  • Nausea and vomiting: Adults may require a higher dose of 20mg (2 tablets or 20ml suspension) three to four times daily, before meals and bedtime. Children’s dosage follows the same weight-based calculation as for chronic dyspepsia.

Important Information

  • Side effects: Prokinin is generally well-tolerated, but some side effects can occur, such as headache, diarrhea, and dry mouth. These are usually mild and temporary. In rare cases, more serious side effects like breast enlargement or milk discharge can occur. Consult your doctor if you experience any side effects that bother you.
  • Precautions: Tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking, as they may interact with Prokinin. Prokinin should be used with caution in pregnant women and those with liver or kidney problems.
  • Storage: Keep Prokinin at room temperature, away from direct sunlight and out of reach of children.

Remember, Prokinin is a prescription medication. Always follow your doctor’s instructions and consult them if you have any questions or concerns.

By understanding how Prokinin works and taking it as directed, you can effectively manage your digestive discomfort and improve your quality of life.