Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Polaramine
Generic Name: dexchlorpheniramine (Pronunciation: dex klor fen IR a meen)
What is dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine)?
Dexchlorpheniramine is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in your body.
Dexchlorpheniramine is used to treat sneezing; runny nose; itching, watery eyes; hives; rashes; itching; and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold.
Dexchlorpheniramine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Dexchlorpheniramine ER 6 mg-ACT
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What are the possible side effects of dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine)?
Stop taking dexchlorpheniramine and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take dexchlorpheniramine and talk to your doctor if you experience
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine)?
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Dexchlorpheniramine may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.
Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking dexchlorpheniramine.
Do not crush, chew, or break any timed-release forms of dexchlorpheniramine. Swallow them whole. They are specially formulated to release slowly into your body.
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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