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Tavist is an oral medication used to treat symptoms such as itching, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing caused by allergies. Prescription strength clemastine is also used to relieve the itching and swelling of hives. Clemastine helps control symptoms of allergies and colds but does not treat the cause of these symptoms or speed recovery.
The active ingredient in Tavist is called Clemastine. Clemastine is in a class of medications called antihistamines. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms. By blocking another natural substance made by your body (acetylcholine), it helps dry up some body fluids to relieve symptoms such as watery eyes and runny nose.
Use and Dosage
Tavist comes as a tablet medication that should be taken by mouth, with or without food, and according to the directions on the label or as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs, Tavist can be taken with food or milk.
The recommended dosage of Tavist (clemastine) can vary based on the individual's age, medical condition, and other factors. Follow your doctor's instructions and dosage recommendations.
The dosage of Tavist will depend on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy, so do not increase your dose or take it more often than recommended by your doctor without their approval. To get the most benefit from Tavist, take it regularly at the same time each day. If your condition does not improve or worsens, or you suspect a serious medical problem, seek medical help immediately.
Common Side Effects of Tavist (Clemastine Fumarate):
- Chest congestion
- Decreased coordination
- Dry mouth, nose, and throat
- Excitement (especially in children)
Serious Side Effects of Tavist (Clemastine Fumarate):
- Changes in vision
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Difficulty urinating
- Fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
Forms and Strength
Tavist (Clemastine Fumarate) is available in the following forms and strength:
- Use with caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma, urinary retention, or stomach obstruction
- Use Tavist with caution in patients with liver or kidney disease
- Avoid use of Tavist in children under 12 years of age, unless directed by a doctor
- Tavist may cause drowsiness or impair your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery, so avoid these activities while taking this medication
- Consult with a doctor before taking Tavist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Tavist may interact with other medications, including sedatives, tranquilizers, and medications for anxiety or depression
- Tavist may cause dry mouth or dry eyes, which can be relieved by drinking water or using eye drops, respectively
- Tavist may cause constipation, drink plenty of fluids and eat a fiber-rich diet while taking this medication
- Overdose may cause confusion, tremors, seizures, and heart palpitations, so it is important to take only the recommended dose
- Tavist may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. Signs of an allergic reaction may include hives, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Tavist be taken with other medications?
Tavist may interact with other medications, including sedatives, tranquilizers, and medications for anxiety or depression. Always check with a doctor or pharmacist before taking Tavist with other medications.
Can Tavist be taken with alcohol?
Do not consume alcohol while taking Tavist, as it may increase the risk of drowsiness and other side effects.
Is Tavist available over the counter or by prescription only?
Tavist is available by prescription only.
Can Tavist be used in children?
Tavist is not recommended for use in children under 12 years of age unless directed by a doctor.
Can Tavist be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Consult with a doctor before taking Tavist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It's important to purchase Tavist from verified Canadian pharmacy.