General considerations for those taking chlorpheniramine maleate include the following:
- This medication comes in different forms (tablets, capsules, or liquid). It is taken by mouth every 4 to 12 hours, depending on the particular product.
- You can take chlorpheniramine maleate with food or on an empty stomach. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- Because several different chlorpheniramine maleate products are available, be sure to follow the dosing instructions for your particular product.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
The recommended dose of chlorpheniramine maleate will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The particular product
- The medical condition being treated
- Your age
- How you respond to chlorpheniramine maleate
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Chlorpheniramine Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, chlorpheniramine maleate can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Some people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common. Of course, some "side effects" of chlorpheniramine maleate (such as drowsiness) are not considered side effects in certain situations, such as if you are taking the medication to sleep.
Common side effects of chlorpheniramine maleate include but are not limited to:
- Nervousness or excitability
- Dry mouth.
(Click Chlorpheniramine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)