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Clemastine Fumarate Tablets

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Clemastine Fumarate Tablets

OVERDOSE

Antihistamine overdosage reactions may vary from central nervous system depression to stimulation. Stimulation is particularly likely in children. Atropine-like signs and symptoms: dry mouth; fixed, dilated pupils; flushing; and gastrointestinal symptoms may also occur.

If vomiting has not occured spontaneously the conscious patient should be induced to vomit. This is best done by having him drink a glass of water or milk after which he should be made to gag. Precautions against aspiration must be taken, especially in infants and children.

If vomiting is unsuccessfulgastric lavage is indicated within 3 hours after ingestion and even later if large amounts of milk or cream were given beforehand. Isotonic and 1/2 isotonic saline is the lavage solution of choice.

Saline cathartics, such as milk of magnesia, by osmosis draw water into the bowel and therefore, are valuable for their action in rapid dilution of bowel content.

Stimulants should not be used.

Vasopressors may be used to treat hypotension.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Use in Nursing Mothers: Because of the higher risk of antihistamines for infants generally and for newborns and prematures in particular, antihistamine therapy is contraindicated in nursing mothers.

Use in Lower Respiratory Disease: Antihistamines should not be used to treat lower respiratory tract symptoms including asthma.

Antihistamines are also contraindicated in the following conditions: Hypersensitivity to clemastine fumarate or other antihistamines of similar chemical structure.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitor therapy (see DRUG INTERACTIONS Section).

Last reviewed on RxList: 8/11/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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