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Carbinoxamine Maleate Oral suspension

It is used to treat the symptoms of allergies and hives

Generic Name: carbinoxamine

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What is this medicine?

CARBINOXAMINE (kar bi NOX a meen) is an antihistamine. It is used to treat the symptoms of allergies and hives.

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
  • pain or difficulty passing urine
  • stomach problems
  • taking MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to carbinoxamine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives like sulfites
  • 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. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your medicine at regular intervals. 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 2 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply. Do not use this medicine in children less than 2 years old.

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:
  • alcohol
  • barbiturate medicines for sleep or treating seizure disorder
  • MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
  • medicines for anxiety
  • medicines for sleep

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • medicines for colds or allergies
  • medicines for depression

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

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.

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.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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
  • agitation, nervousness, excitability, not able to sleep
  • blurred vision
  • confusion
  • fainting spells
  • fast, irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • seizures
  • slurred speech
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • tremor

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation or diarrhea
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea, vomiting
  • stomach upset


Last Updated: March 23, 2009
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