chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine

Generic Name: chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine (KLOE fe DYE a nol and klor SIK li zeen)
Brand Name: Biclora

What is chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine?

Chlophedianol is a cough suppressant. It affects the signals in the brain that trigger cough reflex.

Chlorcyclizine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of the natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.

Chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine is a combination medicine used to treat cough, runny nose, sneezing, itching, or watery eyes caused by allergies, the common cold, or the flu.

This medicine will not treat a cough that is caused by smoking, asthma, or emphysema.

Chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to chlophedianol or chlorcyclizine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

  • enlarged prostate;

  • urination problems; or

  • if you take potassium (Cytra, Epiklor, K-Lyte, K-Phos, Kaon, Klor-Con, Polycitra, Urocit-K).

Artificially sweetened cough or cold medicine may contain phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), check the medication label to see if the product contains phenylalanine.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use cough or cold medicine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using the medicine.

Antihistamines may slow breast milk production. Do not use cough or cold medicine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. This medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Measure liquid medicine with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache, cough, or skin rash.

If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time that you have used this medicine within the past few days.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medicine is taken when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.

What should I avoid while taking chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine?

This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, cough, allergy, or sleep medicine. Antihistamines and cough suppressants are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug. Check the label to see if a medicine contains an antihistamine or cough suppressant.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine.

Chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe dizziness or anxiety, feeling like you might pass out;

  • severe headache;

  • fever; or

  • mood changes.

Common side effects may include:

  • diarrhea;

  • sleep problems (insomnia).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

Chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Cough and Nasal Congestion:

Chlophedianol-chlorcyclizine 12.5 mg-12.5 mg/5 mL oral liquid:
10 mL orally every 6 to 8 hours not to exceed 30 mL daily.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Cough and Nasal Congestion:

Chlophedianol-chlorcyclizine 12.5 mg-12.5 mg/5 mL oral liquid:
6 to 11 years: 5 ml orally every 6 to 8 hours not to exceed 15 mL daily.
12 years or older: 10 mL orally every 6 to 8 hours not to exceed 30 mL daily.

What other drugs will affect chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine?

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if you are also using any other drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used together. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can worsen these effects. Ask your doctor before taking chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about chlophedianol and chlorcyclizine.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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