Tavist Side Effects
Generic name: clemastine
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 23, 2023.
Note: This document contains side effect information about clemastine. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Tavist.
Applies to clemastine: oral oral solution, oral tablets.
Side effects include:
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Applies to clemastine: compounding powder, oral syrup, oral tablet.
Nervous system side effects have included central nervous system depression which has commonly resulted in drowsiness, dizziness, and headache. Dyskinesias have rarely been reported following chronic use of antihistamines.[Ref]
Nearly all patients experience drowsiness. This drowsiness may subside in some patients with extended use. Patients should be warned against driving, as well as concomitant ingestion with alcohol and other sedative-hypnotic drugs.
Few cases of dyskinesias and tremors, often of the face, have been reported in patients whose chronic use of antihistamines extended over a period of 3 to 10 years. Some of these cases were only partially relieved by discontinuation of the drug. Haloperidol was successful in relieving symptoms.[Ref]
Ocular effects are due to the anticholinergic effects and may include blurred vision, diplopia, and dry eyes.[Ref]
A fatal case of agranulocytosis has been reported in a patient taking chlorpheniramine, pseudoephedrine, acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, phenylpropanolamine, and aspirin. Chlorpheniramine was felt to be the cause.[Ref]
Respiratory side effects have included thickening of bronchial secretions, wheezing, and tightness in the chest.[Ref]
Dermatologic side effects have included toxic pustuloderma.[Ref]
At least one case of toxic pustuloderma has been reported during clemastine therapy.[Ref]
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