GENERIC NAME: KETOTIFEN LIQUID - ORAL (key-toe-TIFF-en)
USES: Ketotifen is an antihistamine used, usually in children, to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of asthma (e.g., shortness of breath). Taken every day, it may also help reduce the severity and length of these symptoms. It works by blocking a chemical (histamine) that may lead to swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs. Ketotifen should be taken every day in addition to other anti- asthma medications (e.g., beta-agonists, theophylline). This medication should not be used for acute asthma attacks. Use quick-relief medicines/inhalers for such attacks.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth usually twice daily with or without food; or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy and may be gradually increased during the first week of treatment. Doing so may decrease the severity of certain side effects (e.g., drowsiness). It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. This drug is only effective at reducing or preventing asthma symptoms if it is taken consistently every day. It may take up to 10 weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped. You dose may need to be gradually decreased.
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