Brompheniramine (By mouth)

Introduction

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)

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

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • 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:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use 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  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.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 away from children and 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 are using any medicines that make you sleepy. These include sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, and sedatives.
  • 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.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.

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

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013

         
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