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AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets

Generic Name: pseudoephedrine/methscopolamine (SOO-doe-e-FED-rin/METH-skoe-POL-a-meen with FEN-il-EF-rin/KLOR-fen-IR-a-meen/METH-skoe-POL-a-meen)
Brand Name: AlleRx Dose Pack

AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets is used for:

Relieving congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes caused by allergies. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets is a combination pack containing a morning dose and an evening dose. The morning dose has a decongestant and an anticholinergic medicine. The evening dose has a decongestant, an antihistamine, and an anticholinergic medicine. The decongestant works by shrinking swollen tissue in the nose. The antihistamine works by blocking histamine, a substance in the body that causes sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. The anticholinergic works by drying mucous membranes in the nose and chest.

Do NOT use AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets
  • you are breast-feeding
  • you are taking droxidopa, furazolidone, a phosphodiesterase inhibitor (eg, sildenafil), sodium oxybate (GHB), or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine), or you have taken an MAOI within the past 14 days
  • you have severe heart blood vessel problems, severe high blood pressure, narrow-angle glaucoma, difficulty urinating, peptic ulcer, or uncontrolled bleeding
  • you are having an asthma attack

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are taking or have taken medicine for high blood pressure or depression in the last 14 days
  • if you have a bladder blockage, an enlarged prostate, or trouble urinating
  • if you have blood vessel problems (eg, hardening of the arteries), diabetes, glaucoma or increased pressure in the eye, heart problems (eg, irregular heartbeat, heart failure), high blood pressure, kidney problems, liver problems, lung or breathing problems (eg asthma, sleep apnea), a hiatal hernia, an adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma), myasthenia gravis (muscle weakness), nerve problems (eg, neuropathy), stomach or bowel problems (eg, constipation, ulcerative colitis, motility problems, blockage), trouble sleeping, or an overactive thyroid
  • if you have a history of alcohol abuse
  • if you take potassium chloride tablets

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Droxidopa or sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of severe drowsiness, breathing problems, seizures, irregular heartbeat, or heart attack may be increased
  • Alkalinizers (eg, sodium bicarbonate), anticholinergics (eg, benztropine, dicyclomine), antipsychotics (eg, chlorpromazine), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (eg, acetazolamide), catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, tolcapone), furazolidone, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), phosphodiesterase inhibitors (eg, sildenafil), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets's side effects
  • Bromocriptine or digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets
  • Guanadrel, guanethidine, mecamylamine, methyldopa, reserpine, or other medicine for high blood pressure because their effectiveness may be decreased by AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets:

Use AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Swallow AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets whole. Do not break, crush, or chew before swallowing.
  • This product contains 2 different tablets; one for the morning and one for the evening. Be sure you understand how to take AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure which tablet to take in the morning or in the evening.
  • Do not take AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets at the same time as antacids, certain medicines for diarrhea (eg, kaolin, pectin, attapulgite, bismuth), or ketoconazole. Take these medicines 2 or 3 hours before or after taking AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets.
  • If you miss a dose of AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets.

Important safety information:

  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Check with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets; it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets for a few days before the tests.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may cause dry mouth. To relieve dry mouth, suck on sugarless hard candy or ice chips, chew sugarless gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may make your eyes more sensitive to sunlight. It may help to wear sunglasses.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may reduce sweating. Do not become overheated in hot weather or while you are being active; heatstroke may occur.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets contains the stimulants phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine. Do not take diet or appetite control medicines while you are taking AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets without checking with your doctor.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets has pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, and an antihistamine in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine, or an antihistamine in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Diabetes patients - AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Use AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets while you are pregnant. AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets.

When used for long periods of time, AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets may not work as well. This is known as TOLERANCE. Increasing the dose may cause toxic side effects to occur. If you suddenly stop taking AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets, WITHDRAWAL symptoms, including worsening of congestion, may occur.

Possible side effects of AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Blurred vision; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; excitability or irritability (especially in children); giddiness; headache; lack of energy; lightheadedness; nausea; nervousness; trouble sleeping; unusual tiredness or weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); fast or irregular heartbeat; flushing; hallucinations; mental or mood changes; seizures; severe drowsiness or dizziness; tremor; trouble urinating; vomiting.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include deep sleep or loss of consciousness; hot or cool skin; fast or irregular heartbeat; large pupils; seizures; severe irritability, anxiety, or panicked feeling; slowed or shallow breathing; vomiting.

Proper storage of AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets:

Store AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using AlleRx Dose Pack sustained-release tablets.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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