In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00738972 ||CHLOR-TRIPOLON 4MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Chlorpheniramine belongs to a group of medications known as first-generation antihistamines. For adults and children 6 years of age and older, it is used to treat symptoms caused by allergies, including itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, and skin rash and irritations. It is also used to manage itchy skin caused by insect bites, and other medical conditions like chicken pox or measles. Chlorpheniramine works by blocking the effects of histamine, a substance released by cells in the body that produce allergy symptoms.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
For allergic rhinitis, the usual dose for adults and children 12 years of age and over is 4 mg every 4 to 6 hours. For the extended-release tablets, the usual dose for adults and children 12 years of age and older is 12 mg every 12 hours. The maximum recommended dose is 24 mg within a 24-hour period.
For the prevention of seasonal allergic rhinitis, the recommended starting dose is 4 mg at bedtime, which can be increased to 8 mg 3 times a day as needed over a 2-week period.
For children between 6 and 11 years of age, the usual recommended dose is 2 mg every 4 to 6 hours. The maximum recommended dose is 12 mg within a 24-hour period. This medication is not recommended for children under 6 years of age unless recommended by a doctor.
Seniors may need lower doses of this medication.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as suggested by your doctor or pharmacist. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each yellow, scored tablet contains chlorpheniramine maleate USP 4 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, dyes, FD&C Yellow No. 6, D&C Yellow No. 10, gelatin, lactose, and magnesium stearate. Tartrazine-free.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to chlorpheniramine or any ingredients of this medication
- are taking a MAO inhibitor (e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, moclobemide)
Do not give this medication to newborns or premature infants.