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Chlorpheniramine is a medication that is typically used to treat allergies and the common cold. It is an antihistamine that works by relieving symptoms of allergy, hay fever and the common cold. Among these symptoms include watery eyes, rash, itchy eyes/nose/throat/skin, runny nose, cough and sneezing. This medication may also be used to treat symptoms of itchy skin or skin irritation related to insect bites or medical conditions, such as chicken pox or measles.

Chlorpheniramine works by blocking histamine, a natural substance your body makes when faced with an allergic reaction. It also works to block acetylcholine, another natural substance produced by the body. By blocking acetylcholine, Chlorpheniramine helps to dry up body fluids to relieve symptoms like watery eyes and runny nose.

This medication is typically sold over-the-counter as an allergy treatment. It is an oral medicine, and is generally sold in the form of tablets. However, an extended release form and a liquid form of this medication also exists. Usually, it is taken with or without food. That being said, it is important that you follow the precise directions on the specific product you purchase or are prescribed, or follow the directions of your healthcare provider.

Following the directions can help to reduce the risk of unwanted side effects. With that in mind, you should never exceed the maximum daily dose or take this medication for longer than is necessary or it is prescribed. If your condition should not improve or worsen after taking Chlorpheniramine, inform your doctor right away.

While many people can take Chlorpheniramine without experiencing any unwanted side effects, adverse effects have been linked to this drug. The most common include: drowsiness, dizziness, headache, stomach upset, constipation, blurred vision, dry mouth/throat/nose, and decreased coordination. If these symptoms persist or worsen, or you experience more severe reactions, such as mood changes, ringing in the ears, etc., contact your doctor promptly.

As is the case with any medications, even those that can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription, it’s always in your best interest to talk with your healthcare provider before you treat a condition, especially if you have never had the condition before and/or this is the first time you are taking Chlorpheniramine.

Furthermore, if you are pregnant, nursing, planning to become pregnant, have an existing medical condition or are currently taking other medications, you should consult with your doctor before taking Chlorpheniramine to be on the safe side.

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