Treats severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). Given to people who cannot take brompheniramine by mouth. This medicine is an antihistamine.
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 parabens (preservatives used in some medicines). You should not use this medicine if you are using now or have used an MAO inhibitor (MAOI) such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate® within the past 14 days.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- 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.
- Tell your doctor if you are also using an MAO inhibitor such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Tell your doctor if you have asthma, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, or trouble urinating.
- Young children and older adults (over 60 years old) are more likely to have certain side effects from this medicine. Children may seem more excited than usual. Older people may have dizziness or drowsiness. Call your doctor if you have any questions about this, or if the side effects are serious.
- If this medicine makes you dizzy or drowsy, you should avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
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
- Light-headedness or fainting.
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurred vision.
- Change in how much or how often you urinate.
- Constipation or stomach upset.
- Dry nose, mouth, or throat.
- Feeling confused or excited.
- Problems with coordination.
- Thick mucus in your nose or throat.
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 Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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