Phenergan Vc

(Generic versions may still be available.)

DRUG DESCRIPTION

Each 5 mL (one teaspoonful), for oral administration contains: Promethazine hydrochloride 6.25 mg; phenylephrine hydrochloride 5 mg, Alcohol 7%.

Inactive Ingredients: Citric acid, FD& C yellow #6, flavor, methyl- paraben, propylene glycol, propyl- paraben, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sucrose. Promethazine hydrochloride, a phenothiazine derivative, is chemically designated as (±)-10-[2-(Dimethylamino) propyl] phenothiazine monohydrochloride.

Promethazine hydrochloride occurs as a white to faint yellow, practically odorless, crystalline powder which slowly oxidizes and turns blue on prolonged exposure to air. It is soluble in water and freely soluble in alcohol. It has a molecular weight of 320.89, and a molecular formula of C17H20N2S•HCl.

Phenylephrine hydrochloride is a sympathomimetic amine salt which is chemically designated as (-)- m- Hydroxy-a-[(methylamino) methyl] benzyl alcohol hydrochloride. It occurs as white or nearly white crystals, having a bitter taste. It is freely soluble in water and alcohol. Phenylephrine hydrochloride is subject to oxidation and must be protected from light and air. It has a molecular weight of 203.67, and a molecular formula of C9H13NO2•HCl.

What are the possible side effects of phenylephrine and promethazine (Phenergan VC, Promethazine VC Plain)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking phenylephrine and promethazine and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • uncontrollable movements of the eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take phenylephrine...

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What are the precautions when taking promethazine hcl and phenylephrine hcl syrup (Phenergan Vc)?

See also Warning section.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to promethazine or phenylephrine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood/immune system problems (such as bone marrow depression), breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema, sleep apnea), diabetes, glaucoma, heart problems (such as angina, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, liver problems, seizure, stomach/bowel problems (such as ulcer, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficulty urinating (such as...

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SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, upset stomach, nausea, or dry mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (such as confusion, hallucinations), ringing in the ears, shaking (tremors), difficulty urinating, vision changes (such as blurred/double vision).

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: easy bruising/bleeding, slow/shallow breathing, involuntary behaviors/movements (such as fixed upward stare, neck twisting, tongue movements).

Promethazine may rarely cause a serious condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). Seek immediate medical attention if you develop the following: fast/irregular heartbeat, fever, muscle stiffness, seizure, severe confusion, sweating.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: See also Warning section.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to promethazine or phenylephrine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood/immune system problems (such as bone marrow depression), breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema, sleep apnea), diabetes, glaucoma, heart problems (such as angina, irregular heartbeat), high blood pressure, liver problems, seizure, stomach/bowel problems (such as ulcer, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficulty urinating (such as due to enlarged prostate).

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Children should be supervised to avoid injury during bicycle riding or other possibly hazardous activities. Limit alcoholic beverages.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps. Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors.

Liquid forms of this medication may contain sugar, alcohol, or aspartame. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, liver disease, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit/avoid these substances in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Children may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially slowed breathing. Young children may become excited/agitated instead of drowsy.

Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially dizziness, drowsiness, or confusion.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.


Phenergan Vc Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Phenergan VC, Promethazine VC Plain

Generic Name: phenylephrine and promethazine (Pronunciation: fen ill EFF rin and pro MEH thah zeen)

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What is phenylephrine and promethazine (Phenergan Vc)?

Phenylephrine is a decongestant. It works by constricting (shrinking) blood vessels (veins and arteries) in the sinuses and nose to decrease congestion.

Promethazine is an antihistamine. It blocks the effects of the naturally occurring chemical histamine in the body.

Phenylephrine and promethazine is used to treat symptoms such as itching, runny nose; sneezing; and congestion due to allergies or the common cold.

Phenylephrine and promethazine may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of phenylephrine and promethazine (Phenergan Vc)?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking phenylephrine and promethazine and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • uncontrollable movements of the eyes, lips, tongue, face, arms, or legs.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take phenylephrine and promethazine and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • dizziness, drowsiness, sleepiness, or confusion;
  • restlessness or irritability;
  • blurred vision or a dry mouth;
  • nausea or vomiting; or
  • increased skin sensitivity to sunlight.

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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about phenylephrine and promethazine (Phenergan Vc)?

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

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking phenylephrine and promethazine.

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