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VANTAGE ALLERGY RELIEF 4 MG TABLETS

Active substance(s): CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE / CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE / CHLORPHENAMINE MALEATE

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PACKAGING LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER ALLERGY RELIEF 4 mg TABLETS Chlorphenamine Maleate Read all of this information carefully before you start taking this medicine.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again. - If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. - This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours. - If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist. In this leaflet: 1. What Chlorphenamine Tablets are and what they are used for 2. Before you take Chlorphenamine Tablets 3. How to take Chlorphenamine Tablets 4. Possible side effects 5. How to store Chlorphenamine Tablets 6. Further information 1. WHAT CHLORPHENAMINE TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR The name of your medicine is Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets. The active ingredient in your medicine is Chlorphenamine Maleate. This is the name for Chlorpheniramine Maleate. The ingredient itself has not changed. Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets are part of a group of medicines called antihistamines which are used to control the symptoms of allergic reactions such as hay fever, runny nose, itchy skin, swelling of the face especially the tongue, food allergy, reactions to drugs or vaccines and insect bites. 2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CHLORPHENAMINE TABLETS Do not take Chlorphenamine Tablets if you are allergic to Chlorphenamine or to any of the ingredients in the product (see section 6) are sensitive to any other antihistamine drug have taken medicines for depression known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs, for example phenelzine) within the last 14 days are pregnant or breast feeding Take special care with Chlorphenamine Tablets if you suffer from epilepsy and are taking anticonvulsant drugs such as phenytoin have increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma) have an enlarged prostate gland

have high blood pressure or are being treated for high blood pressure have heart, liver or lung disease have an overactive thyroid gland Taking other medicines Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the above problems or are taking, or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription, particularly the following: Other antihistamines, including antihistamine containing cough and cold medicines, that may make you sleepy Sleeping tablets, medicines for anxiety, antidepressants Phenytoin (for epilepsy) Taking Chlorphenamine Tablets with food and drink You are advised NOT to drink alcohol with this medicine. Pregnancy and breast-feeding Do not take Chlorphenamine Tablets if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, unless directed by your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine. Driving and using machines Chlorphenamine may make you feel drowsy, dizzy or have blurred vision. Make sure you are not affected before you drive or operate machinery. Important information about some of the ingredients of Chlorphenamine Tablets Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets contains Lactose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product. 3. HOW TO TAKE CHLORPHENAMINE TABLETS Always take Chlorphenamine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual dose is: Adults and Children over 12 years: One tablet 4 to 6 hourly daily [daily maximum dosage 6 tablets (24mg)]. Elderly: One tablet 4 to 6 hourly daily [daily maximum dosage 3 tablets (12mg)]. Children from 6 to 12 years: Half tablet 4 to 6 hourly daily [daily maximum dosage 3 tablets (12mg)]. Not suitable for children below the age of 6. These tablets should be taken as instructed swallowed with a glass of water. The breakline is not intended for breaking the tablet.

If you take more Chlorphenamine Tablets than you should Contact your nearest hospital casualty department, or tell your doctor immediately. Take any remaining tablets and the pack with you. If you forget to take Chlorphenamine Tablets Take another as soon as you remember and then your next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you are not sure of anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist. 4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS Like all medicines, Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. These may include: Sedation varying from slight drowsiness to deep sleep Depression, irritability, nightmares Allergic reactions including skin peeling, and sensitivity to the sun Blurred vision Lowered blood pressure and abnormal heart beat In-coordination and muscular weakness Occasional twitching or shaking of the hands and arms Ringing in the ears Feeling dizzy Headache Thickened bronchial secretions (which may cause a cough or phlegm) Liver problems including hepatitis and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) Rash, itching Blood changes such as anaemia Lack of concentration, agitation, difficulty in sleeping Tightness of the chest and difficulty in breathing Dry eyes and mouth Puffy face Feeling sick, being sick, stomach pain, lack of appetite, diarrhoea and difficulty passing urine. Elderly can become confused or children become excitable. If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in the leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist. 5. HOW TO STORE CHLORPHENAMINE TABLETS Keep out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 25C. Store in the original package. Keep the container tightly closed. Do not use after the expiry date which is stated on the pack. V9 06-02-13

6. FURTHER INFORMATION What Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets contain The active ingredient is Chlorphenamine Maleate. The other ingredients are Lactose, Starch, Magnesium Stearate and a colour Quinoline yellow (E104). What Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets looks like and contents of the pack These tablets are pale, yellow, uncoated, biconvex tablets with debossed B breakline L on one side and 4 on the other side. Chlorphenamine Tablets are supplied in containers of 100, 500, 1000 and blister packs of 28, 30 and 60. Not all pack sizes may be marketed. Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer: Name and address: Bristol Laboratories Ltd., Unit 3, Canalside, Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1EG, UK Telephone: 01442 200922 Fax: 01442 873717 e-mail: info@bristol-labs.co.uk Lloydspharmacy Allergy Relief 4 mg Tablets; PL 17907/0349 This leaflet was last revised in February 2013 To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio format, please contact the licence holder at the address (or telephone, fax, email) above.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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