This medication is a sedating antihistamine, prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). It is also used in combination with decongestants and other medications to relieve sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion caused by the common cold. It is used for morning sickness of pregnancy along with vitamin B6 in some countries.
Avoid using the drug with alcohol, in patients with severe liver disease, newborns or premature infants.
Adult: PO- 10-20 mg at bedtime. Child: PO 5mg at bedtime.
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth for sleep with or without food, and in combination with other medications as a liquid and liquid-filled capsule to treat symptoms of the common cold.
• It will make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, shortness of breath, chronic bronchitis, or other breathing problems; glaucoma; ulcers; difficulty urinating (due to an enlarged prostate gland); heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, or an overactive thyroid gland; elderly, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Most Common:
Dry mouth, nose and throat, drowsiness, nausea, difficulty in urinating.
• Miscellaneous: Increased chest congestion, headache, excitement, nervousness, vision problems, vertigo, stomach upset.
Keep away from children, and avoid excess dosage.
Keep it in an airtight container, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.