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Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension

Generic Name: Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension (kar bi NOKS a meen)
Brand Name: Karbinal ER

Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018

Uses of Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension:

  • It is used to ease allergy signs.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension?

For all patients taking carbinoxamine extended-release suspension:

  • If you have an allergy to carbinoxamine or any other part of carbinoxamine extended-release suspension.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking carbinoxamine extended-release suspension within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
  • If you are taking any of these drugs: Linezolid or methylene blue.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take carbinoxamine extended-release suspension.

Children:

  • If your child is younger than 2 years of age. Do not give carbinoxamine extended-release suspension to a child younger than 2 years of age. Deaths have happened in this age group. If you have questions, talk with your child's doctor.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with carbinoxamine extended-release suspension.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take carbinoxamine extended-release suspension with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take carbinoxamine extended-release suspension. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
  • Do not take carbinoxamine extended-release suspension for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how carbinoxamine extended-release suspension affects you.
  • If you are allergic to sulfites, talk with your doctor. Some products have sulfites.
  • Avoid alcohol or other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • If you are 65 or older, use carbinoxamine extended-release suspension with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using carbinoxamine extended-release suspension while you are pregnant.

How is this medicine (Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension) best taken?

Use carbinoxamine extended-release suspension as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with carbinoxamine extended-release suspension. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure carbinoxamine extended-release suspension.
  • Do not use a household teaspoon or tablespoon to measure carbinoxamine extended-release suspension. Doing so could lead to the dose being too high.
  • Shake well before use.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you take carbinoxamine extended-release suspension on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times carbinoxamine extended-release suspension is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Feeling confused.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • A fast heartbeat.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Trouble passing urine.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Very bad sore throat.
  • Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
  • Change in balance.

What are some other side effects of Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Feeling sleepy.
  • Dizziness.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Feeling nervous and excitable.
  • Thickening of mucus in nose or throat.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Carbinoxamine Extended-Release Suspension?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about carbinoxamine extended-release suspension, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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