Drug: KETOTIFEN LIQUID - ORAL (key-toe-TIFF-en)

Ketotifen is an antihistamine used, usually in children, to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of asthma (e.g., shortness of breath). Taken every day, it may also help reduce the severity and length of these symptoms. It works by blocking a chemical (histamine) that may lead to swelling (inflammation) of the airways in the lungs. Ketotifen should be taken every day in addition to other anti- asthma medications (e.g., beta-agonists, theophylline). This medication should not be used for acute asthma attacks. Use quick-relief medicines/inhalers for such attacks.

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Drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, rash, dizziness, or weight gain may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: trouble sleeping, nervousness, trouble breathing (either unrelated or worsening of asthma symptoms), nose bleeds. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: pain during urination, bladder pain, dark/bloody or pink-colored urine, stomach pain, yellowing eyes or skin, seizures. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Store at room temperature between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: other asthma medications (e.g., albuterol, prednisone/steroids, theophylline), oral diabetes medication (e.g., glipizide, glyburide). Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives, tranquilizers), anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam, lorazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine, morphine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine or tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine, topiramate), muscle relaxants, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of these products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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