pheniramine maleate, a medicine used to treat allergic conditions such as hayfever, runny nose, itching skin and skin rashes. It is also used in the prevention and treatment of inner ear disorders (eg Meniere's disease) and travel sickness.
pheniramine maleate is one of a group of medicines called 'antihistamines' which works by blocking the action of histamine.
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Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include skin rash, itching, asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath or swelling of the fact, lips or tongue, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, fainting.
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|Drug Pregnancy Interaction
||Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the risk and benefits of taking it if you are pregnant.
|Drug Breast feeding Interaction
||If there is a need to consider Avil while you are breastfeeding, your doctor or pharmacist will discuss with you the benefits and risks of taking it.
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|How to take the
||Adults and children over 10 years:
Half to 1 tablet up to 3 times daily.
Children 5 - 10 years:
Half a tablet up to 3 times daily.
Not recommended for children under 5 years of age.
To prevent travel sickness, it is recommended that the first dose be taken at least 30 minutes before travelling.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure of the correct dose for you.
They will tell you exactly how much to take.
||should be swallowed with plenty of water. Do not chew them. should be taken with or soon after food. Do not take the medicine on an empty stomach.
If you are taking pheniramine to prevent travel sickness, take a dose at least 30 minutes before travelling. If you are not sure when to take ask your doctor or pharmacist.
|Excess Drug Consumption
||Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Avil.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
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||If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your dose as you would normally. Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
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|Common Drug Side Effects
nervousness, irritability, incoordination, lack of concentration
tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
nausea and vomiting
difficulty passing urine
|Rare Drug Side Effects
||swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
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|How to Store the
|How to Store the Medicine
||Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them.
If you take the tablets out of the box or the blister pack, they may not keep well.
Keep Avil in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30 degrees C. Do not store Avil or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop taking or giving Avil or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine which is left over.
Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.