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BetaTan Side Effects

Generic Name: brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name BetaTan.

For the Consumer

Applies to brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine: liquid

Other dosage forms:

Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; excitability; headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness or anxiety; trouble sleeping; upset stomach; vomiting; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur while taking brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); difficulty urinating or inability to urinate; fast or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; seizures; severe dizziness, lightheadedness, or headache; severe or persistent nervousness, restlessness, or trouble sleeping; tremor; vision changes.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine: oral liquid, oral suspension, oral suspension extended release


Cardiovascular side effects have included hypotension, palpitations, tachycardia and extrasystole.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache, sedation, sleepiness, dizziness, disturbed coordination, fatigue, confusion, restlessness, excitation, nervousness, tremor, irritability, insomnia, euphoria, paresthesias, vertigo, tinnitus, acute, neuritis and convulsions.[Ref]


Ocular side effects have included blurred vision and diplopia.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included epigastric distress, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.[Ref]


Genitourinary side effects have included urinary frequency, difficult urination, urinary retention, and early menses.[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have included hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and agranulocytosis.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included thickening of bronchial secretions, tightness of chest or throat, wheezing, nasal stuffiness, and dryness of the mouth, nose and throat.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included drug rash and anaphylactic shock.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included urticaria and photosensitivity.[Ref]


General side effects have included chills and excessive perspiration.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. BetaTan (brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine)." Wraser Pharmaceuticals, Ridgeland, MS.

Not all side effects for BetaTan may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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