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|Actifed® Allergy Tablet (Night)
[OTC]; Banophen® Decongestant Capsule
[OTC]; Benadryl® Decongestant Allergy Tablet
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine relieves symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, throat
irritation and itching; watery, irritated, itchy, red eyes) from allergies.
- Long-term nasal congestion and headache are treated by
|How does it work?|
- Diphenhydramine, if taken before coming in contact with the material
that causes the allergy, blocks the allergic reaction by minimizing/preventing
the body's reaction to the allergen.
- Pseudoephedrine shrinks swollen nasal tissue and opens up passages.
Sinus drainage is increased by
|How is it best taken?|
- Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- This medicine is most effective if started before contact with the
allergen. Take at least 1-3 hours before.
- Make sure you are drinking enough liquids unless told to drink less by
healthcare provider. Avoid products with
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear disease medical alert identification for allergies.
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) and other medicines
and herbs that slow your actions and reactions. This includes sedatives,
tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, or pain medicine. Talk with healthcare
- Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake.
Use with this medicine may cause nervousness, shakiness, rapid heartbeats, and
- Use caution if you have liver disease. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Use caution if you have high blood pressure. Talk with healthcare
- Do not use over-the-counter products that increase blood pressure.
These include cough or cold remedies, diet pills, stimulants, ibuprofen or like
products, and certain herbs or supplements. Talk with healthcare provider.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Do not use if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Dry mouth. Frequent mouth care, sucking hard candy, or chewing gum may
- Inability to sleep, nervousness, excitability, and restlessness.
- Dizziness. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require
you to be alert until you see how this medicine affects
|What should I monitor?|
- Check effectiveness of medicine in preventing or treating
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Chest pain, fast heartbeats, passing out, fainting, or severe
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store in a tight, light-resistant container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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