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All about: Carbinoxamine Maleate

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Generic Name: Carbinoxamine Maleate Tablets (kar-bi-NOX-a-meen)
Brand Name: Palgic

Carbinoxamine Maleate is used for:

Treating allergy symptoms such as runny nose, watery/itchy eyes, rash, or hives. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Carbinoxamine Maleate is an antihistamine. It works by blocking the action of histamine, which reduces the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Do NOT use Carbinoxamine Maleate if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Carbinoxamine Maleate
  • you are breast-feeding
  • you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB) or a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine)

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

Before using Carbinoxamine Maleate :

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

  • if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • 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 asthma, glaucoma, difficulty urinating, a stomach or bladder blockage, prostate problems, increased pressure in the eye, an underactive thyroid, heart disease, or high blood pressure

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

  • Barbiturates (eg, phenobarbital), MAO inhibitors (eg, phenelzine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because side effects of Carbinoxamine Maleate may be increased
  • Sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects, such as an increase in sleep duration and drowsiness leading to unconsciousness or coma, may occur

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Carbinoxamine Maleate 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 Carbinoxamine Maleate :

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

  • Carbinoxamine Maleate may be taken with or without food.
  • If you miss a dose of Carbinoxamine Maleate and you 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 Carbinoxamine Maleate .

Important safety information:

  • Carbinoxamine Maleate may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to Carbinoxamine Maleate . Using Carbinoxamine Maleate alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform other potentially dangerous tasks.
  • Use Carbinoxamine Maleate with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Caution is advised when using Carbinoxamine Maleate in CHILDREN because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if Carbinoxamine Maleate can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Carbinoxamine Maleate , discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. It is unknown if Carbinoxamine Maleate is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Carbinoxamine Maleate .

Possible side effects of Carbinoxamine Maleate :

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:

Appetite loss; blurred vision; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth, nose, or throat; headache; heartburn; nausea; nervousness; thickening of mucus in the nose or throat; vomiting.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; 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 double vision; excitement; frequent urination; hallucinations; loss of consciousness; muscle twitching; seizures; tremor; weakness. In children, symptoms may include abnormal eye movement; abnormal tongue movement; agitation; bizarre behavior; confusion; difficulty urinating; excitation; flushed face; irritability; loss of consciousness; loss of coordination; restlessness; seizures; slurred speech; tiredness; trembling; twitching.

Proper storage of Carbinoxamine Maleate :

Store Carbinoxamine Maleate 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 Carbinoxamine Maleate out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Carbinoxamine Maleate , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Carbinoxamine Maleate 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 Carbinoxamine Maleate . 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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