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How to read an over-the-counter drug label

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Drug Facts

Active ingredient (in each tablet) Purpose
Chlorpheniramin maleate 2 mg .........Antihistamine

Uses temporarily relieves these symptoms due to hay fever or other upper respiratory allerigies:

  • sneezing
  • runny nose
  • itchy, watery eyes
  • itchy throat


Ask a doctor before use if you have

  • glaucoma
  • a breathing problem such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis
  • trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate gland

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking tranquilizers or sedatives

When using this product

  • you may get drowsy • avoid alcoholic drinks
  • alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers may increase drowsiness
  • be careful when driving a motor vehicle or operating machinery
  • excitability may occur, especially in children

If pregnant or breastfeeding, ask a health professional before use.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.


adults and children 12 years and over

take 2 tablets every 4 to 6 hours; not more than 12 tablets in 24 hours

children 6 years to under 12 years

take 1 tablet every 4 to 6 hours; not more than 6 tablets in 24 hours

children under 6 years

ask a doctor

Other information store at 20-25° C (68-77° F)

  • protect from excessive moisture

Inactive ingredients D&C yellow no. 10, lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch

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Therapeutic substance in drug


Product type


Symptoms or diseases the drug treats


When to not to use this drug, when to stop taking it, when to see a doctor, and possible side effects


Read carefully: how much to take, how often to take it, and when to stop taking it

Other information

More information on how to store the drug

Inactive ingredients

Things in the drug, such as colors or flavorings

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

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