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Chlorpheniramine and Phenylephrine

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Actifed® Cold & Allergy [OTC] [reformulation];C-Phen [DSC];Ceron [DSC];Dallergy Drops [DSC];Dallergy®-JR [DSC];Dec-Chlorphen [DSC];Ed A-HistT [DSC];Ed ChlorPed D;NoHist [DSC];PD-Hist-D;Phenabid® [DSC];R-Tanna;R-Tanna Pediatric;Rynatan®;Rynatan® Pediatric;Sildec PE [DSC];Sudafed PE® Sinus + Allergy [OTC];Triaminic® Cold and Allergy [OTC]
    • Pharmacologic Category: Alkylamine Derivative;Alpha-Adrenergic Agonist ;Decongestant;Histamine H1 Antagonist;Histamine H1 Antagonist, First Generation

    Uses
    • It is used to ease allergy signs.
    • Chlorpheniramine lowers or stops the body's reaction to the allergen.
    • Phenylephrine shrinks swollen nose tissue and opens up passages.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • This drug is most useful if started before contact with the allergen. Take at least 1 to 3 hours before.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
    • Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow it whole.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect capsules and tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Talk with the doctor before giving this drug to a child. Check all of your child's drugs, including OTC, with doctor.
    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to chlorpheniramine, phenylephrine, or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Asthma, glaucoma, very bad heart disease, trouble passing urine, ulcer disease, or very high blood pressure.
    • If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this drug is started. Taking both at the same time could cause risky high blood pressure.
    • If you are breast-feeding.

    Precautions

    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have an enlarged prostate, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have thyroid disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have trouble passing urine, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Avoid beer, wine, mixed drinks, or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
    • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.
    • Not able to sleep.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Chest pain or pressure, a fast heartbeat, or passing out.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
    • Copyright © 1978-2010 Lexi-Comp Inc. All rights reserved.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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