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What is this medicine?

BROMPHENIRAMINE (brome fen IR a meen) is an antihistamine. It is used to treat the symptoms of seasonal and year- round allergies. It is also used to treat a runny nose from a cold.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • asthma
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • prostate disease
  • stomach ulcer
  • taking MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • trouble passing urine
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to brompheniramine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food or milk. Do not crush or chew. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Patients over 60 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital
  • medicines for bladder spasm like oxybutynin, tolterodine
  • medicines for blood pressure
  • medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
  • medicines for movement abnormalities or Parkinson's disease
  • medicines for sleep
  • other medicines for cold, cough or allergy
  • some medicines for the stomach like chlordiazepoxide, dicyclomine

               
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