Brompheniramine and phenylephrine
Generic name: brompheniramine and phenylephrine (BROM fen IR a meen and FEN il EFF rin)
Brand name: Children's Cold & Allergy, Dimaphen Elixir, Dimetapp Cold & Allergy, Rynex PE, ...show all 41 brand namesDimetane Decongestant, Bromfenex PE, Bromfenex PE Pediatric, Bromfed, Bromfed-PD Capsules, Rhinabid, VaZol-D(obsolete), Brovex-D, Rhinabid PD, Alenaze-D, BPM PE, B-Vex D, Bromaphedrine D, Alenaze-D NR, VaZol-D, VazoBid, Alacol, Dimetapp Cold/Allergy, J-Tan D, Children's Cold and Allergy, Brom Tann PE, Phenyl 7.5/6mg, Phenyl 15/12mg, J-Tan D SR, Seradex-LA, Vazotab, BroveX PEB, BroveX ADT, Zotex-PE, Tanabid SR, RespaHist II, V-Hist, Entre-B, LoHist PEB, Brohist D, Ru-Hist D, Relhist BP
Dosage forms: oral liquid (1 mg-2.5 mg/5 mL); oral tablet, chewable (1 mg-2.5 mg)
Drug class: Upper respiratory combinations
What is brompheniramine and phenylephrine?
Brompheniramine and phenylephrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not use brompheniramine and phenylephrine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
You should not use antihistamine medication to make a child sleepy.
Before taking this medicine
Do not use this medicine if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, and tranylcypromine.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to brompheniramine or phenylephrine.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:
kidney or liver disease;
high blood pressure, heart disease;
an enlarged prostate or urination problems;
epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor);
overactive thyroid; or
It is not known whether brompheniramine and phenylephrine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without your doctor's advice if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether brompheniramine and phenylephrine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Antihistamines and decongestants may slow breast milk production. Do not use this medicine without your doctor's advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Artificially sweetened liquid medicine may contain phenylalanine. Check the medication label if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
How should I take brompheniramine and phenylephrine?
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. Cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 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.
You should not use antihistamine medication to make a child sleepy.
The chewable tablet must be chewed before swallowing.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have taken a cold medicine within the past few days.
brompheniramine and phenylephrine can cause unusual results with allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are taking an antihistamine.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since cold medicine is taken as 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.
What should I avoid while taking brompheniramine and phenylephrine?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Drinking alcohol with brompheniramine and phenylephrine can cause side effects.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, or sleep medicine. Many combination medicines contain brompheniramine or phenylephrine. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this medicine. Check the label to see if a medicine contains an antihistamine or decongestant.
Brompheniramine and phenylephrine side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate;
little or no urinating;
confusion, severe nervousness; or
dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, shortness of breath).
Side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and confusion may be more likely in older adults.
Common side effects may include:
dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision;
dry nose or mouth;
nausea, stomach pain, constipation, loss of appetite;
problems with memory or concentration; 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 brompheniramine and phenylephrine?
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using brompheniramine and phenylephrine 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 a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
More about brompheniramine / phenylephrine
- Side Effects
- During Pregnancy
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
- En Español
- Drug class: upper respiratory combinations
- Patient Information
- Brompheniramine and Phenylephrine Liquid
- Brompheniramine and Phenylephrine Suspension
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