Arbinoxa

Generic Name: Carbinoxamine

  • What is Arbinoxa?

    Arbinoxa is an antihistamine used to treat the symptoms of seasonal and year-round allergies, non-allergic runny nose, conjunctivitis ("pink eye") due to inhalant allergens and foods, or rash and angioedema (a condition involving swelling of the face, extremities, eyes, lips, and tongue) of the skin caused by allergic reactions. Arbinoxa is available as a tablet and an oral solution.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Arbinoxa?

    Arbinoxa can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Arbinoxa affects you. Do not drink alcohol or take certain medicines that may cause drowsiness (such as sedatives and tranquilizers) without consulting your doctor.

    Arbinoxa can decrease your child's mental alertness, and in younger children, it can cause excitation.

  • Who should not take Arbinoxa?

    Do not take Arbinoxa if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you are currently taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions (such as phenelzine).

    Do not take Arbinoxa if you are breastfeeding. Children <2 years of age should not take Arbinoxa.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Arbinoxa?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Arbinoxa. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), stomach or intestinal disorders, urinary problems caused by enlargement of your prostate gland or blockage of your bladder, heart problems, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Your doctor may prescribe different doses than those listed below based on the severity of your condition and response to the medication.

    Adults: The recommended dose is 1-2 tablets or 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the oral solution 3-4 times a day.

    Children 6-11 years: The recommended dose is one-half to one tablet or one-half to one teaspoonful of the oral solution 3-4 times a day.

    Children 2-5 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose of the oral solution for your child, based on their weight.

  • How should I take Arbinoxa?

    Take Arbinoxa exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Arbinoxa on an empty stomach with water.

  • What should I avoid while taking Arbinoxa?

    Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how Arbinoxa affects you.

    Do not drink alcohol or take certain medicines that may cause drowsiness without consulting your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Arbinoxa?

    If Arbinoxa is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Arbinoxa with the following: alcohol, certain medicines that may cause drowsiness (such as alprazolam, diazepam, or oxycodone), or MAOIs.

  • What are the possible side effects of Arbinoxa?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: disturbed coordination, dizziness, drowsiness, sleepiness, stomach upset, thickening of mucus in the lungs

  • Can I receive Arbinoxa if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Arbinoxa during pregnancy are unknown. Do not take Arbinoxa if you are breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Arbinoxa?

    If you miss a dose of Arbinoxa, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Arbinoxa?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.