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Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension

Generic Name: carbinoxamine maleate (KAR-bin-OX-a-meen)
Brand Name: Karbinal ER

Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension is used for:

Treating allergy symptoms such as runny nose, watery/itchy eyes, rash, or hives. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Do NOT use carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension
  • you are breast-feeding
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB) or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine)

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

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Before using carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension. 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 have asthma; glaucoma or increased pressure in the eye; difficulty urinating; a stomach, bowel, or bladder blockage; stomach ulcer; prostate problems; thyroid problems; heart disease; or high blood pressure

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • MAOIs (eg, phenelzine) or perampanel because they may increase the risk of carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension's side effects
  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects, such as an increase in sleep duration and drowsiness leading to unconsciousness or coma, may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension 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 carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension:

Use carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension may be taken with or without food.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension 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 carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension; 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.
  • Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension contains sulfites. Sulfites may cause an allergic reaction in some patients (eg, asthma patients). If you have ever had an allergic reaction to sulfites, talk to your health care provider.
  • Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension may interfere with skin allergy tests. If you are scheduled for a skin test, talk to your doctor. You may need to stop taking carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension for a few days before the tests.
  • Use carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially dizziness, low blood pressure, confusion, or severe drowsiness.
  • Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Caution is advised when using carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially excitability.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension while you are pregnant. It is not known if carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension.

Possible side effects of carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension:

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:

Decreased coordination; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; nausea; thickening of mucus in the nose or throat.

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); change in the amount of urine produced; confusion; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; seizures; severe or persistent dizziness or drowsiness; tremor; vision changes; wheezing.

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, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension:

Store carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension 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 carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension 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 carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension 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 carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension. 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 carbinoxamine maleate extended-release suspension.

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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