What is alimemazine tartrate used for?
Alimemazine tartrate is commonly used for:
- Treating itchy, nettle-type, allergic skin rashes (urticaria or hives).
- Relieving itching.
Alimemazine syrup is also used as a sedative to help keep children calm and relaxed before an operation. This is sometimes called a pre-med. It is given one to two hours before the anesthetic.
How should I take alimemazine tartrate?
Alimemazine comes as tablets and syrup. It can be taken either with or without food.
You may need to use an oral syringe to measure a dose of the syrup. Ask your pharmacist for help with this if you’re not sure what to do.
If you forget to take a dose, don’t worry, just take the next dose when it is due and then carry on as before. Don’t take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
You should try to minimise any skin contact with the tablets and syrup. Handling the medicine frequently may rarely cause skin reactions such as redness, swelling and itching.
How do I store alimemazine tartrate?
Alimemazine tartrate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store alimemazine tartrate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of alimemazine tartrate that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush alimemazine tartrate down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using alimemazine tartrate?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of alimemazine tartrate or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Alimemazine may cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. If affected do not drive or operate machinery. If children are affected they should avoid potentially hazardous activities such as riding bikes or climbing trees.
Do not drink alcohol while taking alimemazine as this is likely to make any drowsiness or dizziness worse.
Alimemazine may make you feel dizzy or light-headed when getting up from sitting or lying down. Take care when getting up, particularly if you wake up in the night, until you know how this medicine affects you. If you feel dizzy or light-headed at any time during treatment, sit or lie down until the symptoms pass.
Alimemazine may increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight and might make it more likely to burn. If you can’t avoid sun exposure you should make sure you protect your skin with clothing or sun protection lotion.
If you’re due to have any skin prick or patch tests to diagnose allergies, you should stop taking your antihistamines at least 48 hours before the tests. This is because antihistamines can prevent or reduce the skin reactions that indicate an allergy, and so can make the test results unreliable.
Patients with these following should not use this drug:
- People with kidney or liver problems.
- People with epilepsy.
- People with Parkinson’s disease.
- People with an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).
- People with a tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma).
- People with a condition called myasthenia gravis, where there is abnormal muscle weakness.
- Men with an enlarged prostate gland (prostatic hypertrophy).
- People who have ever had closed angle glaucoma (raised pressure in the eyeball).
- People who are allergic to phenothiazine medicines, e.g., chlorpromazine, prochlorperazine.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using alimemazine tartrate during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking alimemazine tartrate.
What side effects can occur from alimemazine tartrate?
Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:
- Blurred vision
- Blocked nose
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty sleeping
- Agitation or restlessness
- Difficulty passing urine
- Low blood pressure that may cause dizziness, particularly when getting up from lying down or sitting
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight (photosensitivity)
- High blood prolactin (milk producing hormone) level (hyperprolactinemia). Sometimes this can lead to symptoms such as breast enlargement, production of milk and stopping of menstrual periods.
- Impotence (erectile dysfunction).
- Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias). Consult your doctor if you notice any change in your heartbeat or if you feel short of breath or get any chest pain.
- Abnormal movements of the hands, legs, face, neck or tongue, e.g., tremor, twitching, rigidity. Consult your doctor if you experience any problems like this.
- Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (jaundice). Consult your doctor if you experience this.
- Decreased numbers of white blood cells in the blood. Consult your doctor if you get a high temperature (fever), sore throat or other signs of infection while taking alimemazine. Your doctor may want to take a blood test to check your blood cells.
- High temperature combined with falling levels of consciousness, paleness, sweating and a fast heart beat (neuroleptic malignant syndrome). Requires stopping the medicine and immediate medical treatment.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with alimemazine tartrate?
Alimemazine tartrate may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products that may interact with this drug are:
- Antipsychotics, e.g., haloperidol, chlorpromazine
- Barbiturates, e.g., phenobarbital, amobarbital
- Benzodiazepines, e.g., diazepam, temazepam
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs), e.g., phenelzine, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, moclobemide
- Other sedating antihistamines, e.g., chlorphenamine, hydroxyzine
- Sleeping tablets, e.g., zopiclone
- Strong opioid painkillers, e.g., morphine, codeine, tramadol
- Tricyclic antidepressants, e.g., amitriptyline.
Does food or alcohol interact with alimemazine tartrate?
Alimemazine tartrate may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with alimemazine tartrate?
Alimemazine tartrate may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using alimemazine tartrate.
What is the dose of alimemazine tartrate for an adult?
Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over should take 10mg two to three times a day.
Elderly people should take 10mg once or twice a day.
What is the dose of alimemazine tartrate for a child?
Children aged 5 to 11 years should be given 5mg three to four times a day.
Children aged 2 to 4 years should be given 2.5mg three to four times a day.
How is alimemazine tartrate available?
Alimemazine tartrate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of alimemazine tartrate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: September 20, 2017 | Last Modified: September 21, 2017
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