Arbinoxa

Name: Arbinoxa

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Arbinoxa Overview

Carbinoxamine is a prescription medication used to treat runny nose, stuffy nose, watery eyes, and itching caused by hay fever, seasonal and perennial allergies, and other allergic conditions. Carbinoxamine belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines, which work by stopping the action of histamines, a substance produced in the body to react to foreign substances.

This medication comes in an extended-release oral suspension (liquid) form to be taken by mouth, once every 12 hours. It may be taken with or without food.

Common side effects of carbinoxamine include sleepiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, stomach irritation, and thickening of mucus. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how carbinoxamine affects you.

Manufacturer

  • Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Arbinoxa Dosage

Take carbinoxamine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

  • Adults and Adolescents 12 years of age and older:
    • 7.5 mL to 20 mL (6 to 16 mg) every 12 hours
  • Children 2 to 11 years of age (about 0.2 to 0.4 mg/kg/day):
    • 2 to 3 years: 3.75 mL to 5 mL (3 to 4 mg) every 12 hours

    • 4 to 5 years: 3.75 mL to 10 mL (3 to 8 mg) every 12 hours

    • 6 to 11 years: 7.5 mL to 15 mL (6 to 12 mg) every 12 hours

Forms of Medication

 

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since carbinoxamine is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What should I avoid while taking Arbinoxa (carbinoxamine)?

This medication may cause blurred vision and may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

Avoid drinking alcohol. It may increase certain side effects of carbinoxamine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, allergy, or sleep medicine. Many combination medicines contain antihistamines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of this type of medicine.

Proper Use of carbinoxamine

This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain carbinoxamine. It may not be specific to Arbinoxa. Please read with care.

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Measure the oral liquid with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The teaspoons and tablespoons that are used for serving and eating food do not measure exact amounts.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (extended-release suspension):
    • For treatment of allergies:
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—6 to 16 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children 6 to 11 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 6 to 12 mg every 12 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children 4 to 5 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 3 to 8 mg every 12 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children 2 to 3 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 3 to 4 mg every 12 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use is not recommended.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Carbinoxamine Pregnancy Warnings

Carbinoxamine has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have not been reported. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Carbinoxamine is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

Carbinoxamine Identification

Substance Name

Carbinoxamine

CAS Registry Number

486-16-8

Drug Class

Antihistamines

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