Chlorpheniramine - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Chlorpheniramine: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Chlorpheniramine?

Chlorpheniramine is an Antihistamine medicine used to suppress allergic responses of the body. Commonly it is used to treat the common cold, allergies, rashes, Hay fever, runny nose, etc.
Each dose contains approximately 4 mg of Chlorpheniramine maleate. Some inactive components of the drug are dicalcium phosphate, gelatinous starch, magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, etc.

What are the uses of Chlorpheniramine?

Chlorpheniramine is very effective in the treatment of symptoms produced in response to an allergic reaction. Some common ailments for uses and benefits of Chlorpheniramine are:

  • Hay Fever.
  • Rashes and Itching.
  • Runny nose.
  • Cough and common cold.
  • Sneezing.
  • Watery eyes.
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What are the side effects of Chlorpheniramine?

Side effects include:

  • Dizziness.
  • Constipation.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Dry mouth, nose, and throat.

Major side effects include:

  • Blurred vision.
  • Aggressive allergic reaction.
  • Swelling of the tongue and other soft tissues of the body.
  • Breathing difficulty.


Frequently Asked Questions about Chlorpheniramine

1. Can Chlorpheniramine Maleate Get You High?

No, Chlorpheniramine does not get you high. It does cause a feeling of lethargy and sleepiness. It is advisable to avoid driving or operating any machinery when you are using Chlorpheniramine.

2. Why Is Chlorpheniramine Contraindicated In Asthma?

Chlorpheniramine prevents acetylcholine from acting on the body. Acetylcholine is a naturally occurring enzyme in the body and acts by managing body fluids. In asthmatic patients, Chlorpheniramine causes a side effect, which is drying the upper and lower respiratory tract secretions. This can exacerbate asthma or may induce an asthmatic attack.

3. Does Chlorpheniramine Maleate Make You Drowsy?

Yes, one of the side effects of taking Chlorpheniramine is that it may make you drowsy or sleepy. It is advisable to avoid driving and undertaking any tasks that require focus while using Chlorpheniramine.

4. Is Chlorpheniramine A Sleeping Tablet?

No, Chlorpheniramine is not a sleeping tablet. It is an antihistamine and is helpful in the treatment of allergies. One of the side effects of taking Chlorpheniramine is that it can make you sleepy, but it should not be used as a sleeping medicine.

5. Can I Take Chlorpheniramine Everyday?

No, Chlorpheniramine is usually prescribed for short durations, only to subside the effects of an allergic response of the body. It should not be used for more than 5-7 days. Consult your physician if your symptoms persist. To know more, click here.

6. Is Chlorpheniramine Good For Cough?

Chlorpheniramine is a potent antihistamine drug. It is beneficial when treating an allergic cough only. It may be prescribed as a combination drug with a cough suppressant like dextromethorphan to improve its effectiveness.

7. Is Chlorpheniramine Safe For Kidneys?

Yes, Chlorpheniramine is safe for kidneys. It can be used by people with kidney problems to treat allergic symptoms. People suffering from kidney failure are more likely to witness Chlorpheniramine side effects, as the medicine can accumulate in the system due to a lack of proper kidney function. Do not take this medicine without the advice of your physician.

8. Is Chlorpheniramine Anti Inflammatory?

No, Chlorphenarimine is not an anti-inflammatory medicine. It is an antihistamine and is beneficial in treating allergies. It helps subside swelling caused by allergy by preventing the body from retaining fluid.

9. How Long Does Chlorpheniramine Stay In Your System?

Chlorpheniramine stays in the system for 4 to 6 hours. Chlorphenarimine starts its action within 30 minutes. It is most effective 1-2 hours after you take the medicine.

10. Are Cetirizine And Chlorpheniramine the Same?

No, Cetirizine is not the same as Chlorpheniramine. Cetirizine is a second-generation antihistamine. It has an added benefit that Cetirizine does not cause sleepiness or drowsiness, which is one of the most common side effects of Chlorpheniramine.

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