Actifed

Name: Actifed

Important information

Do not use Actifed Cold and Allergy tablets if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Dangerous side effects may occur if you take Actifed Cold and Allergy before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to chlorpheniramine or phenylephrine, or if you have severe high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, a stomach ulcer, or if you are unable to urinate.

Do not use Actifed Cold and Allergy during an asthma attack.

Actifed Cold and Allergy tablets can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert. Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of Actifed Cold and Allergy. Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine. Always ask a doctor before giving cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse after taking Actifed Cold and Allergy for 7 days.

How should I take Actifed Cold and Allergy?

Use Actifed Cold and Allergy as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Dosage for adults and children 12 years and over: Take one tablet every four hours. Do not take more than six tablets in 24 hours.

Do not use Actifed Cold and Allergy tablets in children under 12 years of age. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children. Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse after taking this medicine for 7 days.

Store Actifed Cold and Allergy at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, problems with balance or coordination, headache, urination problems, dizziness, feeling excited or irritable, hallucinations (seeing things), metallic taste in your mouth, tremors, fever, flushed face, and seizure (convulsions).

Actifed Cold and Allergy side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Actifed Cold and Allergy tablets: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using Actifed Cold and Allergy tablets and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • fast or uneven heart beats;

  • feeling light-headed, fainting;

  • seizure (convulsions);

  • hallucinations (seeing things that are not there); or

  • tremors.

Less serious Actifed Cold and Allergy side effects may include:

  • heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite;

  • dry nose or mouth;

  • drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, headache;

  • dry eyes, blurred vision;

  • painful or difficult urination;

  • sleep problems (insomnia);

  • feeling nervous or excited (especially in children).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Further information

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.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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