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    Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Codeine

    Information about Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Codeine

    Chlorpheniramine maleate + codeine uses

    Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine is used in the treatment of dry cough.

    How chlorpheniramine maleate + codeine works

    This is a combination of two medicines: Chlorpheniramine Maleate and Codeine, which relieves dry cough. Chlorpheniramine Maleate is an antiallergic. It blocks the action of a chemical messenger (histamine) which may trigger cough due to allergy. Codeine is a cough suppressant. It suppresses cough by reducing the activity of cough center in the brain.

    Common side effects of chlorpheniramine maleate + codeine

    Nausea, Vomiting, Constipation, Sleepiness, Lightheadedness, Dizziness, Breathlessness, Sweating
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    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:23 PM (IST)
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    Frequently asked questions for Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Codeine

    Chlorpheniramine Maleate + Codeine

    Q. Can the use of Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine cause sleepiness or drowsiness?

    Yes, Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine may make you feel drowsy or sleepy. Avoid driving a car, operating machinery, working at heights or participating in potentially dangerous activities until you know how the medicine affects you. Inform your doctor if you experience such episodes while you are taking this medicine.

    Q. Are there any serious side effects associated with the use of Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine?

    Serious side effects with Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine are uncommon and rare. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice allergic reactions, skin rash or peeling, mouth ulcers, breathing problems, unexplained bleeding, recurrent fevers or infections, vision disturbances, fast or irregular heartbeat.

    Q. Will Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine be more effective if taken in more than recommended dose?

    No, taking a higher than the recommended dose may not be more effective, rather it may increase the chances of having serious side effects and toxicity. If the recommended doses do not relieve your symptoms or there is an increased severity of your symptoms while taking this medicine, please consult your doctor.

    Q. Can I breastfeed while taking Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine?

    No, it is not advisable to breastfeed while using Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine. This medicine contains Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine, which can pass into the breast milk and may harm the baby. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.

    Q. Can the use of Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine cause constipation?

    Yes, the use of Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine can cause constipation. To prevent constipation, eat high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits and cereals. Drink plenty of water. Exercise regularly by engaging in activities like swimming, jogging or taking a short walk. Talk to your doctor if constipation persists for a long time.

    Q. Can I drink alcohol while taking Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine?

    No, avoid drinking alcohol while taking Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine. Drinking alcohol will increase the risk of serious side effects caused by Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine.

    Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Chlorpheniramine Maleate+Codeine?

    Keep this medicine in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)