Doxylamine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Doxylamine

Generic Name : Doxylamine
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Doxylamine are provided here.

Pronunciation : dox-IL-a-meen

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Doxylamine, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y43.0 Therapeutic Classification : Antihistamines

Trade Names/Brand Names of Doxylamine

India :

International :

Aldex AN, Bromspiro, Nighttime Sleep Aid, Unisom SleepTabs

Why is Doxylamine Prescribed? (Indications)

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.

When should Doxylamine not be taken? (Contraindications)

Avoid using the drug with alcohol, in patients with severe liver disease, newborns or premature infants.

What is the dosage of Doxylamine?

Adult: PO- 10-20 mg at bedtime. Child: PO 5mg at bedtime.

How should Doxylamine be taken?

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.

What are the warnings and precautions for Doxylamine?

•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.

What are the side effects of Doxylamine?

Most Common- Dry mouth, nose and throat, drowsiness, nausea, difficulty in urinating.
Miscellaneous- Increased chest congestion, headache, excitement, nervousness, vision problems, vertigo, stomach upset.

What are the other precautions for Doxylamine?

Keep away from children, and avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Doxylamine?

Keep it in an airtight container, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture.