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Clemastine is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. These symptoms include rash, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat/skin, cough, runny nose, and sneezing. This medication works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. By blocking another natural substance made by your body (acetylcholine), it helps dry up some body fluids to relieve symptoms such as watery eyes and runny nose.This medication is not recommended for use in newborn babies due to increased risk for serious side effects (e.g., seizures).

 
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Anti-Hist 1

Uses
Clemastine is an antihistamine used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. These symptoms include rash, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat/skin, cough, runny nose, and sneezing. This medication works by blocking a certain natural substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. By blocking another natural substance made by your body (acetylcholine), it helps dry up some body fluids to relieve symptoms such as watery eyes and runny nose.This medication is not recommended for use in newborn babies due to increased risk for serious side effects (e.g., seizures).
Notes
  • If your doctor has prescribed this medication, do not share it with others.Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.Do not take for several days before allergy testing because test results can be affected.

Storage
  • Store in a tightly closed container at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (between 15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: large pupils, flushing, fever, hallucinations, weakness, shaking (tremor), muscle twitching, loss of consciousness, seizures.
  • In children, excitement may occur first, followed by loss of coordination, drowsiness, loss of consciousness, seizures.

How To Use
  • If you are taking the over-the-counter product, read all directions on the product package before taking this medication.
  • If you have any questions, consult your pharmacist.
  • If your doctor has prescribed this medication, take it as directed.Take the tablet or liquid form by mouth with or without food.
  • Follow the directions for dosing on the label, or take as directed by your doctor.
  • This medication may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.If you are using the liquid form, use a medication-measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose.
  • Do not use a household spoon.Your dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy.
  • Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often than recommended by your doctor or the package instructions without your doctor's approval.
  • Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Side Effects
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, constipation, stomach upset, blurred vision, trouble walking/clumsiness, or dry mouth/nose/throat may occur.
  • These effects may decrease as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.
  • Clemastine can dry up and thicken mucus in your lungs, making it more difficult to breathe and clear your lungs.
  • To help prevent this effect, drink plenty of fluids unless otherwise directed by your doctor.If your doctor has prescribed this drug, remember that 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: mental/mood changes (e.g., hallucinations, irritability, nervousness), ringing in the ears, trouble urinating.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: easy bruising/bleeding, fast/irregular heartbeat, seizure.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, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking clemastine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.
  • Check the label for any inactive ingredients you may be allergic to.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema), a certain eye problem (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, liver disease, seizures, stomach problems (e.g., ulcers, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), urination problems (e.g., trouble urinating due to enlarged prostate, urinary retention).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires alertness.
  • Limit the use of alcohol and certain other drowsiness-causing medications.
  • (See also Drug Interactions.) To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol.
  • Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product.The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure.Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 years unless directed to do so by a doctor.
  • Children may be more sensitive to the effects of antihistamines.
  • In young children, this medication may cause agitation/excitement instead of drowsiness.If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using this medication.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
  • Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you are taking this medication on a regular schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • If you are taking this medication under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any prescribed medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: antispasmodics (e.g., atropine, belladonna alkaloids), anticholinergics (e.g., benztropine, trihexyphenidyl), scopolamine.Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have taken MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine) within the last 2 weeks.Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicine for sleep or anxiety (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone).
  • Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

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