diphenhydramine and phenylephrine (cont.)
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- What is diphenhydramine and phenylephrine (Alahist LQ, Aldex-CT, Children's Triacting Night Time, Dimetapp Nighttime Cold & Congestion, Diphenmax D, D-Tann, Dytan-D, PediaCare Children's Allergy & Cold, Robitussin Night Time Cough & Cold, Robitussin Night Time Cough & Cold Children's, Robitussin Night Time Cough & Cold Pediatric, Triaminic Night Time Cold & Cough)?
- What are the possible side effects of diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
- What is the most important information I should know about diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
- How should I take diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
- What other drugs will affect diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since cold or allergy medicine is usually taken only as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include feeling restless or nervous, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, warmth or tingly feeling, or seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while taking diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking this medication. It can add to drowsiness caused by an antihistamine.
Tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that make you sleepy (such as other cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety). They can add to sleepiness caused by diphenhydramine.
Avoid taking diet pills, caffeine pills, or other stimulants (such as ADHD medications) without your doctor's advice. Taking a stimulant together with a decongestant can increase your risk of unpleasant side effects.
This medication can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Avoid becoming overheated or dehydrated during exercise and in hot weather.
Do not use any other over-the-counter cough, cold, allergy, or sleep medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Antihistamines, decongestants, and cough suppressants are contained in many medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of one or more types of medicine. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains an antihistamine, decongestant, or cough suppressant.
What other drugs will affect diphenhydramine and phenylephrine?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- medicines to treat high blood pressure;
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin), carteolol (Cartrol), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal), sotalol (Betapace), timolol (Blocadren), and others;
- antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), and others; or
- an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with diphenhydramine and phenylephrine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about diphenhydramine and phenylephrine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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