Doxylamine

Description

Doxylamine is used in a combination with other medicines to relieve allergic symptoms and nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) in pregnant women. This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 12 years of age.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Doxylamine

  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rash
  • Severe itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation

Uses of Doxylamine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Allergic conditions
  • Pregnancy Induced Nausea and Vomiting
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 2-3 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine since it may increase the risk of adverse effects such as dizziness, difficulty in concentrating, impaired thinking, etc. Avoid performing activities that need high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if you consume alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the patient should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to doxylamine, other ethanolamine derivates, or any other inactive ingredients present along with this medicine.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the patient should be monitored closely for any undesirable side effects.
General warnings

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 12 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Driving or Operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause symptoms such as blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, etc. in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Anticholinergic effects

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from conditions such as urinary retention, open-angle glaucoma, gastrointestinal obstructive disorders, etc. due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with this medicine since it may increase the risk of adverse effects such as dizziness, difficulty in concentrating, impaired thinking, etc. Avoid performing activities that need high mental alertness such as driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery if you consume alcohol while taking this medicine.
Interaction with Medicine

Atropine

Selegeline

Propoxyphene

Isocarboxazid

Topiramate

Linezolid

Zonisamide

Disease interactions

Depression

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from depression due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of such patients for any changes in mood or behavior is recommended. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Renal Dysfunction

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Impaired liver function

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Causes sleepiness

How it works
This medicine blocks the action of certain substances produced by the body which are responsible for causing allergic reactions as well as nausea and vomiting.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics

Schedule

N/A

[Internet]. Medsafe.govt.nz. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Consumers/cmi/CoughandCold/Doxylamine1.pdf

Doxylamine - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00366

Doxylamine: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 25 July 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682537.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 7 Aug 2018

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