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Brand Names: Alacol, Alenaze-D, Alenaze-D NR, BPM PE, Brom Tann PE, Bromfed, Bromfed-PD Capsules, BroveX ADT, BroveX PEB, Brovex-D, B-Vex D, Children's Cold & Allergy, Dimaphen Elixir, Dimetapp Cold & Allergy, Entre-B, J-Tan D, J-Tan D SR, Phenyl 15/12mg, Phenyl 7.5/6mg, RespaHist II, Rhinabid, Rhinabid PD, Seradex-LA, Tanabid SR, VazoBid, VaZol-D, Vazotab, V-Hist, Zotex-PE

Generic Name: brompheniramine and phenylephrine (Pronunciation: BROM fen IR a meen and FEN il EFF rin)

What is brompheniramine and phenylephrine (Alacol, Alenaze-D, Alenaze-D NR, BPM PE, Brom Tann PE, Bromfed, Bromfed-PD Capsules, BroveX ADT, BroveX PEB, Brovex-D, B-Vex D, Children's Cold & Allergy, Dimaphen Elixir, Dimetapp Cold & Allergy, Entre-B, J-Tan D, J-Tan D SR, Phenyl 15/12mg, Phenyl 7.5/6mg, RespaHist II, Rhinabid, Rhinabid PD, Seradex-LA, Tanabid SR, VazoBid, VaZol-D, Vazotab, V-Hist, Zotex-PE)?

Brompheniramine is an antihistamine that reduces the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Phenylephrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

The combination of brompheniramine and phenylephrine is used to treat nasal congestion, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose caused by allergies, hay fever, and the common cold.

Brompheniramine and phenylephrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of brompheniramine and phenylephrine?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
  • severe dizziness, anxiety, restless feeling, or nervousness;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • drowsiness or dizziness;
  • blurred vision;
  • dry mouth, nose, or throat;
  • mild stomach pain, constipation;
  • problems with memory or concentration;
  • feeling restless or excited (especially in children);
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about brompheniramine and phenylephrine?

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to brompheniramine or phenylephrine, or to other decongestants, diet pills, stimulants, or ADHD medications.

Do not use brompheniramine and phenylephrine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist about taking brompheniramine and phenylephrine if you have heart disease or high blood pressure, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, glaucoma, kidney disease, an enlarged prostate, or problems with urination.



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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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