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Doxylamine

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Doxylamine is a sleep-aid and also used as short term sedative. This medicine belongs to the class of an antihistamine. This medication induces sleep by depressing the brain to produce feelings of drowsiness and tiredness.

When used in combination with vitamin B6, it is prescribed to pregnant women for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. To ensure your safety you must inform your doctor before using this medication, tell him if you have or are:

  • Allergic to any ingredient contained within it
  • you are taking any other medications particularly sodium oxybate
  • Asthma or Lung diseases or Difficulty in breathing
  • Diabetes
  • Heart diseases or Ulcers
  • Sleep apnea or High blood pressure
  • Pregnant or a nursing a baby.

The dosage for this medication is determined by the doctor based on your age, medical history, and current condition. The usual dose in adults diagnosed with insomnia is 25 mg, to be taken orally once daily, half an hour before bedtime. Usually, the duration of therapy is 2 weeks.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

The medication is helpful in treating the given problems:

  • Hypersensitivity

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Burning Sensation

  • Tightness Sensation

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Sleepiness

  • Stomach Upset

  • Pricking Sensation

  • Tingling Sensation

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    This medication may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness with alcohol.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medication is safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    It may be unsafe as this might affect the alertness of the patient. Thus driving must be avoided.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is only limited available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is only limited available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Doxylamine as ingredient

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This medication belongs to the first generation anti-allergic drug and also acts as an antagonist to muscarinic acetylcholine. It subdues histamine H1 receptors in the body, which prevents the histamine from affecting the patient.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    This medication interacts with the following medicines which includes entanyl, fentanyl intranasal, fentanyl iontophoretic transdermal system, fentanyl transdermal, fentanyl transmucosal, isocarboxazid, sodium oxybate, tranylcypromine, and valerian.

Ques: What is Doxylamine?

Ans: This medication is an antihistamine drug. It is a sleep-aid and used as a short term sedative.

Ques: How long do I need to use Doxylamine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication should be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Doxylamine?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Doxylamine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken after food in a prescribed dosage.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Doxylamine?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.

Ques: How does Doxylamine work?

Ans: This medicine acts by inhibiting the action of certain substances present in the body that might be causing nausea and vomiting.

Ques: Can the use of Doxylamine cause drowsiness or sleepiness?

Ans: Yes, both drowsiness and sleepiness are the common side effects reported after consumption of this medication. However, if severe drowsiness happens in an individual, then the doctor should be consulted.

Ques: Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Doxylamine?

Ans: Doxylamine should not be used if someone has a known history of allergy to it as it may lead to adverse reactions.

Ques: Can I breastfeed while taking Doxylamine?

Ans: It is not suitable to breastfeed a baby while taking this medication as Doxylamine can possibly pass through breast-milk.

Ques: Can I take a higher than the recommended dose of this medicine?

Ans: An overdose should not be used for this drug as it can increase the risk of side effects.
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About Doxylamine
What are the uses of Doxylamine
What are the contraindications of Doxylamine ?
What are the side effects of Doxylamine ?
Key highlights of Doxylamine
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Doxylamine
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Doxylamine ?
FAQs about Doxylamine