Uses: Exp 3.13
This medication is used for the temporary relief of runny/stuffy nose, watery/itchy eyes, and itchy throat that may be caused by allergies, hay fever, the common cold, sinus inflammation (sinusitis), and other breathing illnesses. The decongestant relieves the stuffy nose. The antihistamine relieves the itchy/watery eyes and itchy throat. The anticholinergic has a drying effect that decreases a runny nose and fluid in the sinuses that runs down your throat causing discomfort.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.
These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use this product to make a child sleepy. Do not give other cough-and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask the doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (such as drinking enough fluids, using a humidifier or saline nose drops/spray).
How to use Dehistine Oral
Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) after a meal or a snack, exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not increase your dose or take more than prescribed.
If you are using a liquid form, carefully measure your prescribed dose using a medication-measuring device or spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If your liquid form is a suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.
Long-acting tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole. Do not crush or chew them. Doing so may destroy their slow release and increase the side effects. Some long-acting tablets may be split. Check with your pharmacist to see whether your product may be split.
Chewable forms of this medication should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing.
Dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment.
If your doctor directs you to take this medication daily, take it regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after more than 5 days of treatment.
See also Overdose section.
Drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth/throat/eyes, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, trouble sleeping, restlessness, irritability, headache, stomach upset, shakiness, constipation, and weakness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
This product may reduce blood flow to your hands and feet, causing them to feel cold. Smoking may worsen this effect. Dress warmly and avoid tobacco use.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: sudden pounding heartbeat, mental/mood changes (fear, anxiety, nervousness), pale/cold skin, feeling short of breath, discomfort during urination, difficulty starting urination, inability to empty the bladder completely.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.