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doxylamine (cont.)

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

Do not use this medicine if you have untreated or uncontrolled diseases such as glaucoma, asthma or COPD, heart disease, or a thyroid disorder.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to doxylamine, or if you have:

  • severe constipation;
  • a blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines); or
  • if you are unable to urinate.

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

  • liver or kidney disease;
  • an enlarged prostate;
  • problems with urination; or
  • bronchitis, emphysema, or other chronic lung disease.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.

Doxylamine may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Antihistamines may also slow breast milk production. Do not use this medicine without a doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. This medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Do not use this medication to treat insomnia in a child younger than 12 years old. Ask a doctor before using this medication to treat cold or allergy symptoms in a child younger than 6 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a 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 before you swallow it.

To treat insomnia, it is best to take doxylamine only when you can devote several hours to sleep. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Talk with your doctor if your cold or allergy symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or 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 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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