Generic name: pseudoephedrine and triprolidine [ soo-doe-e-FED-rin-and-try-PROE-li-deen- ]
Brand names: Aphedrid, A-Phedrin, Aprodine, Histafed, Vi-Sudo, Wal-Act
Drug class: Upper respiratory combinations
What is A-Phedrin?
A-Phedrin is a combination antihistamine and decongestant medicine that is used to treat runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and sinus congestion caused by allergies or the common cold.
A-Phedrin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use the medicine to make a child sleepy. Misuse of A-Phedrin may cause death in very young children.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to pseudoephedrine or triprolidine.
Do not use A-Phedrin if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, and others.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if this medicine is safe to use if you have ever had:
asthma or other breathing disorder such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis;
high blood pressure, heart disease;
a thyroid disorder.
Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I take A-Phedrin?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Cold or cough medicine is only for short-term use until your symptoms clear up.
Measure liquid medicine with the supplied syringe or a dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Always follow directions on the medicine label about giving cough or cold medicine to a child. Do not use the medicine only to make a child sleepy. Death can occur from the misuse of cough or cold medicines in very young children.
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 if you have taken A-Phedrin within the past few days.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since A-Phedrin is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking A-Phedrin?
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how A-Phedrin will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using other cough or cold medicines that may contain similar ingredients.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of triprolidine.
A-Phedrin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
This medicine may cause serious side effects. Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
trouble sleeping; or
high blood pressure (severe headache, pounding in your neck or ears).
Common side effects of A-Phedrin may include:
dry mouth, nose, or throat;
blurred vision; or
feeling restless or excited (especially in children).
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.
What other drugs will affect A-Phedrin?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using other medicines that can cause drowsiness (such as opioid medication, sleep medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures). Not all possible interactions are listed here.
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