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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Buccal Tablet



Active Ingredient

Prochlorperazine Maleate (3 mg, equivalent to 1.85 mg prochlorperazine base)

Effective within

Not specified

Works by

Alleviating nausea and vomiting associated with migraine

Side effects

- Drowsiness - Dizziness - Dry mouth - Inability to sleep (insomnia) - Skin reactions - Increased sensitivity to sunlight - Low blood pressure - High blood sugar level - Abnormal movements and muscle rigidity - Impotence and ejaculation problems - Local irritation to the gum and mouth (This is not an exhaustive list)

Medication details


Buccastem is a medication used to relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It contains the active ingredient prochlorperazine, a type of antipsychotic medication. Buccastem comes in the form of a tablet that is placed between the cheek and gum for rapid absorption into the bloodstream. This quick-acting formula is effective for sudden bouts of nausea and vomiting caused by migraines, vertigo, motion sickness and other conditions. The medication works by blocking the actions of certain chemicals in the brain that cause nausea and vomiting. Buccastem is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old and should only be used under the direction of a healthcare professional. If you're looking for an effective and convenient solution for nausea and vomiting, consider Buccastem.


Take Buccastem M 3mg exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. Place one tablet under your upper lip and allow it to dissolve completely. This allows the medication to be absorbed through the mucous membranes, providing rapid relief. Do not chew or swallow the tablet. If you are unsure about the proper use, consult your healthcare professional.


Each Buccastem M 3mg tablet contains the active ingredient prochlorperazine maleate. Prochlorperazine is an antiemetic and antipsychotic medication that helps alleviate nausea and vomiting by affecting certain neurotransmitters in the brain. It effectively targets the root cause of your symptoms, providing you with much-needed relief.

Side Effects

Buccastem M 3mg is generally well-tolerated, but like any medication, it may cause some side effects in certain individuals. Common side effects may include drowsiness, dry mouth, blurred vision, and dizziness. If you experience any unusual or severe side effects, consult your healthcare provider promptly.


Allergies: Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to prochlorperazine or any other medications.
Medical Conditions: If you have a history of certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, liver disease, or glaucoma, consult your healthcare provider before using Buccastem M.
Other Medications: Inform your doctor about all medications you are currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
Driving and Operating Machinery: Buccastem M 3mg may cause drowsiness. Avoid activities that require mental alertness, such as driving or operating machinery, until you know how the medication affects you.
Alcohol: Limit alcohol consumption while using Buccastem M, as it may enhance drowsiness.
Duration of Use: Use Buccastem M as directed by your healthcare provider. Do not exceed the recommended dose.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on Aug 24, 2023, 3:30 pm

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Please read our FAQs page to find out more.

Can I take Buccastem M Tablets for all types of nausea and vomiting, or are they specifically for migraines?

Buccastem M Tablets are primarily designed to alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with migraine episodes. It's important to consult your healthcare provider to determine if these tablets are suitable for your specific condition.

Are Buccastem M Tablets suitable for children and adolescents under 18 years of age?

No, Buccastem M Tablets are not recommended for use in children and adolescents under the age of 18. Always follow your healthcare provider's advice and recommendations for age-appropriate treatments.

Can I take Buccastem M Tablets if I have a history of blood clots or blood clot-related conditions?

If you have a history of blood clots, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, or other risk factors for blood clots, it's important to discuss your medical history with your healthcare provider before using Buccastem M Tablets. They can help assess the potential risks and benefits based on your individual health profile.

Can I drive or operate machinery while using Buccastem M Tablets?

Buccastem M Tablets may cause drowsiness and dizziness. It's advisable to avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, or engaging in activities that require mental alertness until you know how the tablets affect you. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized guidance.

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