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Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine

Generic name: brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine [ BROM-fen-EER-a-meen-and-SOO-doe-ed-FED-rin ]
Brand names: Bromaline, Brotapp, Lodrane D, Touro A and H, Endafed, ... show all 51 brands
Dosage forms: oral capsule (4 mg-60 mg); oral liquid (1 mg-15 mg/5 mL)
Drug class: Upper respiratory combinations

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jan 28, 2022. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine?

Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine is a combination medicine used to treat symptoms of the common cold or seasonal allergies, including sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Warnings

Follow all directions on the label and package. Use exactly as directed.

Before taking this medicine

Do not use brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine 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 medication if you are allergic to brompheniramine or pseudoephedrine.

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

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine should not be given to a child younger than 6 years old.

How should I take brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

You should not use antihistamine medication to make a child sleepy.

Measure liquid medicine with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).

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 pseudoephedrine?

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, or sleep medicine. Many combination medicines contain brompheniramine or pseudoephedrine. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine.

Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine 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.

Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine may cause serious side effects. Stop using brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness;

  • chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate;

  • little or no urinating;

  • dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, shortness of breath);

  • if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever; or

  • if new symptoms occur.

Less serious side effects may be more likely, and you may have none at all.

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.

Brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Allergic Rhinitis:

Brompheniramine 1 mg/ pseudoephedrine 15 mg per 5 mL liquid: 20 mL every 4 to 6 hours
Maximum dose: 4 doses per 24 hours

Usual Adult Dose for Nasal Congestion:

Brompheniramine 1 mg/ pseudoephedrine 15 mg per 5 mL liquid: 20 mL every 4 to 6 hours
Maximum dose: 4 doses per 24 hours

Usual Pediatric Dose for Allergic Rhinitis:

Brompheniramine 1 mg/ pseudoephedrine 15 mg per 5 mL liquid:
12 years and older: 20 mL every 4 to 6 hours
6 to under 12 years: 10 mL every 4 to 6 hours
2 to under 6 years: 5 mL every 4 to 6 hours
Maximum dose: 4 doses per 24 hours

Usual Pediatric Dose for Nasal Congestion:

Brompheniramine 1 mg/ pseudoephedrine 15 mg per 5 mL liquid:
12 years and older: 20 mL every 4 to 6 hours
6 to under 12 years: 10 mL every 4 to 6 hours
2 to under 6 years: 5 mL every 4 to 6 hours
Maximum dose: 4 doses per 24 hours

What other drugs will affect brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine?

Using brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine 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.

Further information

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.

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