Trilafon Uses for Nausea and VomitingNausea (feeling "queasy") and vomiting ("throwing up") are common symptoms. Causes of nausea and vomiting vary widely, from less serious causes (such as motion sickness or the "stomach flu") to more serious causes (such as a head injury or heart attack). Many medications (especially chemotherapy medications) can cause nausea and vomiting.
While mild nausea or vomiting usually does not require treatment, severe nausea and vomiting can be a serious problem. It can cause dehydration and can decrease a person's quality of life. Trilafon is approved to treat severe nausea and vomiting.
How Trilafon WorksTrilafon belongs to a group of medications called typical (or first-generation) antipsychotic medications. In particular, it is part of a group of medications called phenothiazines. It is not entirely known how Trilafon works. However, it is known that it blocks or lessens the effects of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Dopamine may be elevated in people with schizophrenia. Trilafon, however, is not a cure for schizophrenia; it only helps to control symptoms (see Symptoms of Schizophrenia).
Since dopamine can activate the part of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting, Trilafon can treat severe nausea and vomiting by lessening the effects of this chemical in the brain.
Trilafon Uses in ChildrenTrilafon is not approved to treat schizophrenia or nausea and vomiting in children. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using the drug in children.
Off-Label Trilafon UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Trilafon for something other than the conditions listed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Examples of off-label Trilafon uses include treatment of the following conditions: