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doxylamine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking doxylamine (Aldex AN, Nytol Maximum Strength, Unisom)?

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to doxylamine or other antihistamines.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medication if you have:

  • glaucoma;
  • kidney disease;
  • an enlarged prostate;
  • problems with urination;
  • stomach ulcer or digestive tract obstruction; or
  • bronchitis, emphysema or other chronic lung disease.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

This medication may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I take doxylamine (Aldex AN, Nytol Maximum Strength, Unisom)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 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 food or milk if it upsets your stomach.

The chewable tablet must be chewed thoroughly before you swallow it.

To treat insomnia, doxylamine is usually taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Talk with your doctor if your sleep problems do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.

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

Store doxylamine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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