aspirin, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine (cont.)
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What happens if I miss a dose (Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Formula)?
Since this medicine is taken when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Formula)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while taking this medicine (Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Formula)?
This medicine may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of this medication. Alcohol may also increase your risk of stomach bleeding while you are taking aspirin.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, cough, or sleep medicine. Aspirin (sometimes abbreviated as ASA), antihistamines, and decongestants are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug. Check the label to see if a medicine contains an aspirin, ASA, an antihistamine, or a decongestant.
What other drugs will affect aspirin, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine (Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Formula)?
Ask your doctor before using an antidepressant such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Rapiflux, Sarafem, Selfemra, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), sertraline (Zoloft), trazodone (Desyrel, Oleptro), or vilazodone (Viibryd). Taking any of these medicines with aspirin may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by chlorpheniramine.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use aspirin, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine if you are also using any of the following drugs:
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with aspirin, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about aspirin, chlorpheniramine, and phenylephrine.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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