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carbetapentane (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking carbetapentane (solotuss)?

Do not take carbetapentane 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 carbetapentane before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to carbetapentane.

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

  • heart disease or high blood pressure;
  • circulation problems;
  • glaucoma;
  • an enlarged prostate or problems with urination;
  • diabetes; or
  • a thyroid disorder.

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

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

Carbetapentane 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.

This medication may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before carbetapentane if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).

How should I take carbetapentane (solotuss)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended. Cough medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

You may take carbetapentane with or without food.

Shake the liquid medicine 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.

Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache or skin rash.

Store carbetapentane at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid to freeze.

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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