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What is this medicine?

CARBETAPENTANE; CHLORPHENIRAMINE (kar bay ta PEN tane; klor fen IR a meen) is a combination of a cough suppressant and an antihistamine. It is used to treat the symptoms of colds, allergies, and bronchitis. This medicine will not treat an infection.

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

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • difficulty passing urine
  • glaucoma
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • taking MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • thyroid disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to carbetapentane, chlorpheniramine, or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get 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. Do not crush or chew. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

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 anxiety
  • medicines for sleep
  • muscle relaxers
  • narcotic pain medicines
  • other medicines for cold, cough or allergy

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check ups. Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

               
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