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Brompheniramine (By mouth)

Brompheniramine (brome-fen-IR-a-meen)

Treats sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy throat, and watery eyes caused by hay fever or other allergies.

Brand Name(s):

Bidhist, Bromax, J-Tan PD, LoHist-12, Lodrane 24, Lodrane XR, Respa-BR, VaZol

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to brompheniramine or to any other antihistamines. You should not use this medicine during an asthma attack, or if you have narrow angle glaucoma, a stomach ulcer, or problems urinating. You should not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor (MAOI) such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate® within the past 14 days. Do not give any over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to a baby or child under 4 years old. Using these medicines in very young children might cause serious or possibly life-threatening side effects.

How to Use This Medicine:

Long Acting Tablet, Long Acting Capsule, Liquid, Chewable Tablet

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Swallow the tablet or capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • It is best to take this medicine with food, water, or milk.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.Shake the liquid well just before you use it.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol or if you are using any medicine that makes you sleepy, such as allergy medicine or narcotic pain medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using medicine for depression, such as amitriptyline, doxepin, nortriptyline, Elavil®, Pamelor®, or Sinequan®.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you have an enlarged prostate or an overactive thyroid. Your doctor needds to know if you have a history of asthma, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or stomach ulcers.
  • This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
  • Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medicine.
  • Do not give this medicine to a child under 6 years of age unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain, fast or uneven heartbeat.
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
  • Extreme drowsiness or confusion.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches.
  • Hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Anxiety or tension.
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat.
  • Feeling of excitement (especially in children).
  • Headache.
  • Stomach discomfort or loss of appetite.
  • Problems with balance or walking.
  • Sleepiness (especially in older adults).
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, or chest.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014
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