promethazine/phenylephrine - oral (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to any other phenothiazines (e.g., prochlorperazine); or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., angina, irregular heartbeat), kidney/liver problems, breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema, sleep apnea), difficulty urinating (e.g., due to an enlarged prostate), stomach/bowel problems (e.g., blockage, ulcer), high blood pressure, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, a certain eye problem (narrow-angle glaucoma), seizures, blood/immune system problems (e.g., bone marrow depression).This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Children should be supervised to avoid injury during bicycle riding or other possibly hazardous activities. Limit alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly from a sitting or lying position.This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.Liquid forms of this medication may contain sugar, alcohol, or aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.Children may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially breathing problems such as slow/shallow breathing. Children may also experience excitability rather than drowsiness. Special caution should be taken in children with a family history of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), those who have a severe loss of fluid (dehydration), and those who are hard to wake up from sleep.The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially drowsiness and confusion.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. However, it may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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