What is this medicine?
CARBINOXAMINE (kar bi NOX a meen) is an antihistamine. It is used to treat the symptoms of allergies and hives.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- pain or difficulty passing urine
- stomach problems
- taking MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- an unusual or allergic reaction to carbinoxamine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives like sulfites
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- barbiturate medicines for sleep or treating seizure disorders
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- medicines for anxiety
- medicines for sleep
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- medicines for colds or allergies
- medicines for depression
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- agitation, nervousness, excitability, not able to sleep
- blurred vision
- fainting spells
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- difficulty passing urine
- slurred speech, confusion
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- constipation or diarrhea
- loss of appetite
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep medicine bottle tightly closed. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children,
never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.