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Deconsal CT Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is phenylephrine and pyrilamine (Deconsal CT)?
- What are the possible side effects of phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
- What is the most important information I should know about phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
- How should I take phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
- What other drugs will affect phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
Do not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
You should not use this medication if you have severe constipation, a blockage in your stomach or intestines, or if you are unable to urinate.
Do not use this medicine if you have untreated or uncontrolled diseases such as glaucoma, asthma or COPD, high blood pressure, heart disease, coronary artery disease, or a thyroid disorder.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medication if you have:
- a colostomy or ileostomy;
- liver or kidney disease;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- cough with mucus, or cough caused by smoking, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis;
- enlarged prostate or urination problems;
- pheochromocytoma (an adrenal gland tumor); or
- if you take potassium (Cytra, Epiklor, K-Lyte, K-Phos, Kaon, Klor-Con, Polycitra, Urocit-K).
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether phenylephrine and pyrilamine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without medical advice if you are pregnant.
Phenylephrine and pyrilamine may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Antihistamines and decongestants may also slow breast milk production. Do not use this medicine without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Artificially sweetened cold medicine may contain phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), check the medication label to see if the product contains phenylalanine.
How should I take phenylephrine and pyrilamine?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. This medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not take for longer than 7 days in a row. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache or skin rash.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken this medicine within the past few days.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the liquid form of this medicine to freeze.
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