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Chlorphenesin

Generic Name: chlorphenesin
Brands: Maolate


What is the most important information I should know about Chlorphenesin?

· Chlorphenesin is not commercially available in the United States.

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Chlorphenesin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

· Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Chlorphenesin.

 

What is Chlorphenesin?

· Chlorphenesin is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses (or pain sensations) that are sent to your brain.

· Chlorphenesin is used, along with rest and physical therapy, to treat injuries and other painful muscular conditions.

· Chlorphenesin is not commercially available in the United States.

· Chlorphenesin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

Who should not take Chlorphenesin?

· Before taking Chlorphenesin, tell your doctor if you have liver disease. You may need a lower dose or special monitoring during therapy.

· It is not known whether Chlorphenesin will harm an unborn baby. Do not take Chlorphenesin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

· It is also not known whether Chlorphenesin passes into breast milk. Do not take Chlorphenesin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

· Chlorphenesin is not approved for use in children.

 

How should I take Chlorphenesin?

 

· Take Chlorphenesin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each dose with a full glass of water.

· Store Chlorphenesin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention.

· Symptoms of a Chlorphenesin overdose include drowsiness and nausea.

 

What should I avoid while taking Chlorphenesin?

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Chlorphenesin may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness or drowsiness, avoid these activities.

· Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking Chlorphenesin.

 

What are the possible side effects of Chlorphenesin?

· Stop taking Chlorphenesin and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

· Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Chlorphenesin and talk to your doctor if you experience     ·drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion;     ·headache;     ·nervousness or insomnia; or     ·nausea or upset stomach.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Chlorphenesin?

· Many drugs can increase the effects of Chlorphenesin, which can lead to heavy sedation. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:     ·antihistamines such as brompheniramine (Dimetane, Bromfed, others), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, Teldrin, others), azatadine (Optimine), clemastine (Tavist), and many others;     ·narcotics (pain killers) such as meperidine (Demerol), morphine (MS Contin, MSIR, others), propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet), hydrocodone (Lorcet, Vicodin), oxycodone (Percocet, Percodan), fentanyl (Duragesic), and codeine (Fiorinal, Fioricet, Tylenol #3, others);     ·sedatives such as phenobarbital (Solfoton, Luminal), amobarbital (Amytal), and secobarbital (Seconal);     ·phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Prolixin), mesoridazine (Serentil), perphenazine (Trilafon), prochlorperazine (Compazine), thioridazine (Mellaril), and trifluoperazine (Stelazine); or     ·antidepressants such as doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), phenelzine (Nardil), and tranylcypromine (Parnate).

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Chlorphenesin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has more information about Chlorphenesin written for health professionals that you may read.


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