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brompheniramine/carbetapentane/phenylephrine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking brompheniramine, carbetapentane and phenylephrine (BetaTan, Pulmari, VazoTan)?

Do not use brompheniramine, carbetapentane and phenylephrine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take brompheniramine, carbetapentane and phenylephrine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to brompheniramine, carbetapentane, or phenylephrine. These medications are contained in many cough, cold, and allergy medications.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use brompheniramine, carbetapentane, and phenylephrine, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Brompheniramine, carbetapentane and phenylephrine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medication.

How should I take brompheniramine, carbetapentane and phenylephrine (BetaTan, Pulmari, VazoTan)?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, if they get worse, or if you develop a fever.

Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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