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chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and pseudoephedrine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and pseudoephedrine?

Do not use a cough or cold 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. Dangerous side effects may occur if you take a cough or cold medicine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, or pseudoephedrine, or if you have:

  • severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
  • severe coronary artery disease;
  • narrow angle glaucoma;
  • a stomach ulcer;
  • if you are unable to urinate; or
  • if you are having an asthma attack.

Before using chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and pseudoephedrine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.

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.

Chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and pseudoephedrine 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.

How should I take chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and pseudoephedrine?

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 instructions on your prescription label. Cold medicine is usually taken for only a short time until your symptoms clear up.

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.

Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse while using this medication.

This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are taking an antihistamine.

Store chlorpheniramine, methscopolamine, and pseudoephedrine at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

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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