NCI Drug Dictionary

The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

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prochlorperazine
The maleate salt form of prochlorperazine, a synthetic, piperazine phenothiazine derivative with antiemetic, antipsychotic, antihistaminic, and anticholinergic activities. Prochlorperazine binds to and blocks the postsynaptic dopamine D2-receptor in the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ) of the brain and may prevent chemotherapy-induced emesis. Prochlorperazine maleate also blocks anticholinergic and alpha-adrenergic receptors. Its antagonistic actions on the alpha-1 adrenergic receptors results in sedation, muscle relaxation, and hypotension. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)

Synonym:Compazine
prochlorperazine dimaleate