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Chlor-Tripolon is an antihistamine medication used to relieve symptoms of allergy, hay fever, and the common cold. It is available in both oral and long-acting forms and is typically used to treat symptoms such as rash, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose.
Chlorpheniramine is the active ingredient in Chlor-Tripolon, which belongs to a group of medications known as first-generation antihistamines. It works by blocking the release of histamine in the body, a natural substance that causes allergic reactions such as runny nose, watery eyes, and itchiness. By blocking histamine, Chlorpheniramine can alleviate or prevent allergy symptoms.
Use and Dosage
Chlorpheniramine comes in the form of tablets to take orally with or without food. Adhere to the dosing instructions on the label or those provided by your physician. In case of stomach upset, it can be taken with milk or food. If you are taking extended-release capsules, do not crush or chew the tablet to avoid increased risk of side effects.
The recommended dosages of Chlorpheniramine vary based on the formulation and the individual's age and medical condition. The typical dosage is 4 mg orally every 4-6 hours, not exceeding 24 mg each day. However, for more specific dosage recommendations, individuals can consult their doctor or refer to medication dosage tables.
Do not take more of the medication or use it more frequently than prescribed by your doctor or the package instructions without approval. Take the medication regularly at the same time(s) every day to achieve the maximum benefit. Seek medical assistance immediately if your condition persists or deteriorates, or if you believe you have a severe medical issue.
Common Side Effects of Chlor Tripolon (Chlorpheniramine - Generic Non-Rx):
- Difficulty passing urine
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Ringing in the ears
- Vaginal dryness
Serious Side Effects of Chlor Tripolon (Chlorpheniramine - Generic Non-Rx):
- Abnormal/involuntary facial movements
- Blurred vision
- Central nervous system (CNS) depression
- Disturbed coordination
- Dizziness, sedation, and hypotension may occur in geriatric patients
- Double vision
- Dryness of mouth, nose, and throat
- Early menses
- ECG changes
- Fast heart rate
- Hemolytic anemia
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heartbeats
- Lack of energy
- Liver failure
- Liver function abnormality
- Loss of appetite
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Low platelet count
- Low red blood cell, white blood cell, and platelet count
- Low white blood cell count
- Muscular weakness
- Nasal stuffiness
- Numbness and tingling
- Pain or discomfort when urinating
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Restlessness or excitability
- Sedation ranging from mild drowsiness to deep sleep
- Stomach upset or pain
- Thickening of bronchial secretions
- Tightness of the chest
- Toxic psychosis
- Urinary retention
- Visual disturbances
- Yellowing skin and eyes (jaundice)
Forms and Strength
Chlor Tripolon (Chlorpheniramine - Generic Non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Chlorpheniramine - Generic Non-Rx: Tablet
- 4 mg
- Chlorpheniramine can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and blurred vision. Patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery until they know how the medication affects them.
- Chlorpheniramine may interact with other medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal remedies, and supplements. Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking to avoid potential drug interactions.
- Patients with certain medical conditions should use Chlorpheniramine with caution. Individuals with liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, or thyroid problems should consult their doctor before taking the tablet.
- Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Chlorpheniramine, particularly dizziness and drowsiness.
- Chlorpheniramine should not be used during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. It is not known whether Chlorpheniramine passes into breast milk, so nursing mothers should consult their doctor before taking the tablet.
- Individuals with a history of seizures should use Chlorpheniramine with caution.
- Alcohol and other central nervous system depressants can increase the risk of drowsiness and dizziness when taken with Chlorpheniramine, so they should be avoided while using Chlorpheniramine.
- Chronic use of Chlorpheniramine can lead to tolerance, which means that the medication may become less effective over time.
- Overdose of Chlorpheniramine can cause serious side effects such as seizures, hallucinations, and irregular heartbeat. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
- Individuals with a known hypersensitivity to Chlorpheniramine or other antihistamines should not use this medication.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are antihistamines safe to use during pregnancy?
Speak with your doctor before using any medications during pregnancy. Some antihistamines, like Chlorpheniramine, are considered safe to use during pregnancy, but others may not be recommended.
Can antihistamines interact with other medications?
Yes, antihistamines can interact with other medications, such as sedatives, antidepressants, and certain heart medications. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist about any potential drug interactions.
Can children use antihistamines?
Yes, some antihistamines are approved for use in children, but follow the dosing instructions carefully and speak with your child's pediatrician before giving them any medication.
It's important to purchase Chlor-Tripolon from verified Canadian pharmacy.