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All about: Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension

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Generic Name: Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension (fen-il-EF-rin)
Brand Name: Examples include Nasop and Ricobid-D

Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension is used for:

Relieving congestion due to colds, flu, hay fever, and other allergies. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension is a decongestant. It works by shrinking swollen and congested nasal tissues by constricting blood vessels. This results in relief of congestion (stuffy feeling) and improved breathing through the nose.

Do NOT use Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension
  • you are taking furazolidone or have taken a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) in the last 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, prostate problems, an overactive thyroid, or a tumor on your adrenal gland

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Rauwolfia derivatives (eg, reserpine) or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because the effectiveness of Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension may be decreased
  • Cocaine, furazolidone, methyldopa, MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), oxytocic medicines (eg, oxytocin), rauwolfia derivatives (eg, reserpine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because the actions and side effects of Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension may be increased
  • Bromocriptine, COMT inhibitors (eg, entacapone), cocaine, or droxidopa because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased
  • Guanethidine because its effectiveness may be decreased by Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension:

Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • If you miss a dose of Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension and are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension may cause dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension. Using Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Do not take diet or appetite control medicines while you are taking Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 7 days or if you develop a high fever, check with your doctor.
  • If you have trouble sleeping, ask your pharmacist or doctor about the best time to take Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension.
  • Diabetes patients - Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Use Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension during pregnancy. It is unknown if Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Difficulty urinating; dizziness; headache; nausea; nervousness; restlessness; stomach irritation; trouble sleeping.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include confusion; excitement; hallucinations; rapid breathing; rapid heartbeat; seizures; unusual nervousness.

Proper storage of Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension:

Store Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Phenylephrine Tannate Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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