Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine ElixirGeneric Name:
Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine (klor-fen-IR-a-meen/fen-il-EF-rin)Brand Name:
Examples include Novahistine and Rondec
Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir is used for:
Relieving symptoms of sinus congestion, sinus pressure, runny nose, and sneezing due to colds, upper respiratory infections, and allergies. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir is an antihistamine and decongestant combination. The antihistamine works by blocking the action of histamine, which helps reduce symptoms such as watery eyes and sneezing. The decongestant promotes sinus and nasal drainage, relieving congestion and pressure.
Do NOT use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir
- you have severe high blood pressure, severe heart blood vessel disease, rapid heartbeat, or severe heart problems
- you take sodium oxybate (GHB) or you have taken furazolidone or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) within the last 14 days
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir:
Some medical conditions may interact with Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
- if you have a history of asthma; lung problems (eg, emphysema); adrenal gland problems (eg, adrenal gland tumor); heart problems; high blood pressure; diabetes; heart blood vessel problems; stroke; glaucoma; a blockage of your stomach, intestines, or bladder; ulcers; trouble urinating; an enlarged prostate; seizures; or an overactive thyroid
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Digoxin or droxidopa because the risk of irregular heartbeat or heart attack may be increased
- Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, tolcapone), furazolidone, indomethacin, MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), sodium oxybate ( GHB), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir's risk of side effects
- Bromocriptine or hydantoins (eg, phenytoin) because their risk of side effects may be increased by Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir
- Guanadrel, guanethidine, mecamylamine, methyldopa, or reserpine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir:
Use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir may be taken with or without food.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
- If you miss a dose of Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir.
Important safety information:
- Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not take diet or appetite control medicines while you are taking Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir without checking with you doctor.
- Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 5 to 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir for a few days before the tests.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Caution is advised when using Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir while you are pregnant. It is not known if Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; excitability; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; trouble sleeping; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating or inability to urinate; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; tremor; vision changes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include blurred vision; confusion; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; severe drowsiness; unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; vomiting.Proper storage of Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir:
Store Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Chlorpheniramine/Phenylephrine Elixir. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.