Where is Triprolidine/Pseudoephedrine used?
Triprolidine/Pseudoephedrine is a combined medicine used to relieve symptoms such as the runny nose and sinus congestions associated with flu, cold, and nasal allergies.
Triprolidine is a sedating antihistamine and Pseudoephedrine a decongestant. Triprolidine/Pseudoephedrine is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that comes as a tablet for oral use.
How does Triprolidine/Pseudoephedrine work?
Pseudoephedrine works by acting on alpha receptors that can be found in the walls of blood vessels. It is particularly in the linings of sinuses and nasal passages. It causes these blood vessels to contract and narrow. In that way, it decreases the blood flow into the linings of the sinuses and nose. Pseudoephedrine relieves sinus congestion and blocked nose along with conditions such as flu, colds, and nasal allergies.
Triprolidine prevents the actions of histamine. By blocking the histamine receptors, it prevents the actions of histamine which lessens the production of mucus in the nose. Histamine is a substance produced naturally by the body that has many effects. The substance that is produced naturally may include the production of allergic symptoms such as a runny nose.
How is Triprolidine/Pseudoephedrine taken?
This medication is taken by mouth as directed by your doctor. If stomach upset occurs each dose may be taken with food. Take the medicine with a full glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets. It may release the entire drug simultaneously and increases the risk of side effects. Swallow the tablet as a whole without chewing or crushing.
The recommended dosage depends on your medical condition, age, and response. You should not increase your dose or take this medication more frequently than recommended without the approval of your doctor. Improper use of this drug may result in serious harm. To help you remember, take it at the same time and in the same way each day.
What are the precautions in taking Triprolidine/Pseudoephedrine?
- You should not use this medicine with another cough, cold and flu, or decongestant medicines unless they have been specifically recommended by your pharmacist. This is because these combination cold and flu products may contain the same active ingredients and using more than one at the same time. It could lead to you exceeding the recommended dose or having a greater chance of getting side effects.
- You might be dizzy or drowsy. Do not use machinery, drive, or do activity that needs full alertness. You may do it until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not sit up or stand quickly.
- Avoid alcoholic drinks. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine.
- This medicine may cause blurred vision and dry eyes. You may feel some discomfort if you wear contact lenses. Some lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
- Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C. Keep the container tightly closed. Also, it is important to throw away any unused medication past the expiration date.