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Brand Names: Allres Pd, Carb Pseudo-Tan, Corzall, Pseudacarb, Respi-TANN, Respi-Tann Pd, Re-Tann

Generic Name: carbetapentane and pseudoephedrine (Pronunciation: kar BAY ta PEN tane and SOO doe ee FED rin)

What is carbetapentane and pseudoephedrine (Allres Pd, Carb Pseudo-Tan, Corzall, Pseudacarb, Respi-TANN, Respi-Tann Pd, Re-Tann)?

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

Carbetapentane is a cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

The combination of carbetapentane and pseudoephedrine is used to treat cough and nasal and sinus congestion caused by the common cold, flu, or bronchitis.

Carbetapentane and pseudoephedrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of carbetapentane and pseudoephedrine?

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 taking 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;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • slow, shallow breathing;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, ringing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, trouble breathing, uneven heart rate, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • loss of appetite, upset stomach;
  • warmth, redness, or tingling under your skin;
  • feeling excited or restless;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • mild skin rash or itching.

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 carbetapentane and pseudoephedrine?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any cough, cold, or allergy medicine. Many combination medicines available over the counter may contain similar drug ingredients. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug. Check the label to see if a medicine contains a decongestant or cough suppressant.

Do not take a cough or cold medicine 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.



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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