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doxylamine Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in vision
- confused, agitated, or nervous
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- muscle or facial twitches
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dry mouth
- loss of appetite
- stomach upset, vomiting
doxylamine May Interact with Other Medications
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- some medicines for allergies, cold, or cough
- medicines that make you sleepy
How to Use doxylamine
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package or prescription label. Take this medicine 30 minutes before you go to bed. Do not take it 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 12 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- liver disease
- lung or breathing disease, like asthma or emphysema
- pain or trouble passing urine
- prostate trouble
- ulcers or other stomach problems
- an unusual or allergic reaction to doxylamine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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.
See your doctor or healthcare professional if you need to use this sleep aid for more than 2 weeks.
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.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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Last Updated: April 9, 2009