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SAINSBURYS ALLERGY RELIEF ANTIHISTAMINE TABLETS
Active substance(s): CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE / CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE / CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE
Patient information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you take this medicine because it contains important
information you need to know.
This medicine is available without prescription; however you still need to use this product carefully
to get the best results from it. Keep this leaflet as you may need to read it again. Ask your
pharmacist if you need more information.
1. What is this medicine and what it is used for?
This medicine contains:
Chlorphenamine maleate which is an antihistamine and helps your body to reduce allergic
conditions caused by histamines released by your body during an allergic reaction.
These tablets are used for the relief of hayfever, chronic runny nose, rashes, itching, swelling
around the eyes, mouth, throat or hands, insect bites, skin and food allergies, and allergic reactions
to other medicines.
2. Before you use your medicine
Do not take this medicine if you:
are allergic to Chlorphenamine maleate or any of the other ingredients
are allergic to other antihistamines
are taking antidepressant drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or have taken
them within the last 14 days – there are medicines such as phenelzine and isocarboxazid
are taking other medicines containing other antihistamines, including products for the relief of
cold and coughs.
Please see you doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you:
suffer from eye problems such as glaucoma
have an enlarges prostate gland
have high blood pressure (hypertension) or cardiovascular disorder(s)
suffer from severe chest infections
suffer from asthma
suffer from liver problems, including alcoholic liver disease
have kidney disease
have difficulty passing urine
have an obstruction in your intestine
have and overactive thyroid
have an intolerance to some sugars
Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are taking any of the following medicines please see your doctor:
hypnotic drugs for the treatment of anxiety or sleeping disorders (insomnia), such as lorazepam,
diazepam, nitrazepam or temazepam
medicines that contain alcohol
phenytoin for the treatment of epilepsy.
Other important information:
Driving and operating machinery
These tablets might cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision and lack of co‐ordination. If you are
affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Taking this medicine with food and drink:
As with other antihistamines, the effects of alcohol may be increased. Do not drink alcohol (beer,
wine, spirits etc) while taking this product.
Information about some of the ingredients in this medicine:
Contains lactose (sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking his medicinal product.
3. How to take this medicine
To be swallowed with a drink of water.
Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years:
1 tablet 3 or 4 times a day, as required. Do not take more than 4 tablets in any 24 hour period.
Children aged 6 to 12 years: half a tablet 3 or 4 times a day, as required. Do not give more than a
total of 2 tablets in any 24 hour period.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine as you may become more likely to get
side effects such as confusion. You may need to take a lower dose.
Do not give to children under 6 years.
Do not take more medicine than the label tells you to. If you do not get better talk to your doctor.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can have side effects, but not everybody gets them. Children and
older people are more prone to side effects.
The most common side effect is drowsiness. This drowsiness can be helpful if symptoms are
particularly troublesome at night.
Stop taking this medicine and consult your doctor if you:
Experience allergic reactions which can be severe. Signs include raised and itchy skin, swelling,
and difficulty breathing
Experience liver problems.
Experience anaemia or unexplained bleeding or bruising.
Experience difficulty passing water.
The following side effects may occur:
Difficulty concentrating, feeling tired, dizziness, headache or blurred vision.
Loss of appetite, indigestion, feeling or being sick, diarrhoea, tummy pain or dry mouth.
Low blood pressure (you may feel faint) or changes in heart rhythm.
Chest tightness or thickening of the phlegm.
Skin peeling, itchy rash sensitivity to the sun.
Ringing in the ears.
Twitching, muscular weakness and abnormal co‐ordination.
Confusion, excitability, irritability, low mood or.
Children may become excited.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store your medicine
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Do not use the tablets after the expiry date shown on the pack.
6. What is in the medicine?
Each small, pale yellow, round tablet, with a break bar on one side, contains the active ingredient:
Chlorphenamine maleate 4 mg.
The other ingredients are: lactose, starch, magnesium stearate and the colour, quinolone yellow
This product is available in a pack size of 30 tablets.
7. Who makes this medicine?
The Marketing Authorisation holder and manufacturer is Wrafton Laboratories Limited, Braunton,
Devon, EX33 2DL, UK
Text Revised: July 2017
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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