Brand Name Diclectin Common Name doxylamine succinate - pyridoxine HCl
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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This medication belongs to the class of medications called antinauseants. This medication is used to treat the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. It contains two medications, doxylamine succinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride, that work on the centers in the brain that control these symptoms.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose is 2 tablets at bedtime. In severe cases or if nausea or vomiting occurs during the day, your doctor may recommend adding 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet mid-afternoon. Swallow the medication whole. Do not chew, divide, or crush the tablets.
This medication works best when taken 4 to 6 hours before needed (e.g., anticipated morning sickness) and should be taken on a daily basis.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white, film-coated, delayed-release tablet imprinted with the pink image of a pregnant woman contains doxylamine succinate 10 mg and pyridoxine hydrochloride 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ammonium hydroxide, n-butyl-alcohol, carnauba wax powder, colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, FD&C Red No. 27, denatured alcohol, FD&C Blue No. 2, hypromellose, isopropyl alcohol, magnesium stearate, magnesium trisilicate, methacrylic copolymer acid, microcrystalline cellulose 102, PEG 400, PEG 8000, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, shellac glaze, simethicone, sodium bicarbonate, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, titanium dioxide and triethyl acetate. Gluten-, lactose-, sulfite-, and tartrazine-free.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to doxylamine succinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, or any ingredients of the medication.
- are at risk of having an asthma attack
- have narrow angle glaucoma
- have a peptic ulcer (stomach ulcer)
- have a blockage in the digestive tract
- have urinary tract problems
- are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (e.g., certain antidepressants, linezolid, selegilene, methylene blue)
What side effects are possible with this medication?
- difficulty sleeping
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- pounding, irregular heartbeat
- stomach pain
- trouble with urinary flow
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- convulsions (seizures)
- signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Drowsiness/reduced alertness: This medication can cause drowsiness or reduced alertness. Do not drive or engage in other activities requiring alertness if the medication affects you in this way. Alcohol and other medications can increase the drowsiness caused by this medication.
Pregnancy: This medication is intended for pregnant women. It is safe to use during pregnancy.Breast-feeding: Doxylamine may pass into breast milk and pyridoxine passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between doxylamine succinate – pyridoxine HCl and any of the following:
- amphetamines (e.g., dextroamphetamine, lisdexamphetamine)
- antihistamines (e.g., cetirizine, doxylamine, diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine, loratadine)
- antipsychotics (e.g., chlorpromazine, clozapine, haloperidol, olanzapine, quetiapine, risperidone)
- barbiturates (e.g., butalbital, pentobarbital, phenobarbital)
- benzodiazepines (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam)
- chloral hydrate
- magnesium sulphate
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs; e.g. maprotiline, moclobemide, selegiline, phenelzine, rasagiline, tranylcypromine)
- narcotic medications (e.g., morphine, codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone)
- potassium chloride
- seizure medications (e.g., clobazam, ethosuximide, felbamate, levetiracetam, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate, valproic acid, zonisamide)
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; e.g., citalopram, duloxetine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline)
- sodium oxybate
- thiazide diuretics (water pills; e.g., hydrochlorothiazide, indapamide, metolazone)
- tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, trimipramine)
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
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