Diclectin (Pyridoxine/Doxylamine Succinate) Dosage and Side Effects
DICLECTIN can be used during any trimester of pregnancy to manage nausea and vomiting.
Warnings and Precautions
DICLECTIN may cause somnolence. Caution must be exercised in activities requiring mental alertness such as driving a car or operating heavy machinery. Until you know how you will react to this medication, do not drive or operate machinery.
DICLECTIN may pass into breast milk and unusual excitement, irritability or sedation (sleepiness) may occur in the infant. Nursing mothers treated with DICLECTIN should not breastfeed or the use of DICLECTIN during lactation should be avoided.
Like all medications, DICLECTIN can cause some side effects. You may not experience any of them. For most patients, these side effects are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious. Some of these side effects may be dose-related. Consult your doctor if you experience these or other side effects, as the dose may have to be adjusted.
If you experience an allergic reaction (including skin rash, hives, swelling, trouble breathing) or any severe or unusual side effects, seek immediate emergency medical assistance.
Side effects associated with DICLECTIN are: somnolence, dizziness, nervousness, stomach pain, headache, diarrhea, irritability, or insomnia.
Interactions with this medication
Deeper somnolence could be produced if DICLECTIN is taken in combination with alcohol or other drugs such as drugs for cough or colds, pain killers or sleep aids.
You should tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any medications (prescription or non-prescription) or natural/herbal products, especially:
- a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOIs) [e.g., linezolid (an antibiotic), methylene blue (a diagnostic dye)].
- antimuscarinic drugs (used in treating a variety of conditions such as disorders of the bowel, bladder or respiratory systems, Parkinson's disease, certain heart conditions and insomnia).
- alcohol and other central nervous system depressants, such as drugs for anxiety, seizures, mental illness, and allergies, sleeping pills, anesthetics (used for surgery), certain pain medications.
Proper Use of this medication
DICLECTIN is a delayed-release formulation that works best when taken 4 to 6 hours before needed and should be taken on a daily basis. If taken with food, it may take longer to feel a relief of symptoms.
DICLECTIN should be taken as prescribed by your doctor or healthcare professional.
- Take two DICLECTIN tablets at bedtime to control nausea and vomiting occurring in the morning.
- Take 1 tablet in the morning and,
- Take 1 tablet mid-afternoon to control your symptoms throughout the day.
Your doctor or healthcare professional may adjust the dosing schedule according to your condition.
Do not stop taking DICLECTIN on your own. Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional. They will gradually reduce your dose when stopping DICLECTIN treatment to prevent a sudden return of nausea and vomiting.
This drug is specifically prescribed for you and your actual state of health. Do not give it to others, even if they have the same symptoms, and you yourself must not use it for any other condition than the one for which it was prescribed.
Tablets should not be crushed or split.
In case of drug overdose, contact a healthcare practitioner, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.
If you suspect an accidental overdose, seek medical attention immediately. Do not wait for any signs or symptoms to appear before seeking medical attention, as they may not occur immediately.
Signs and symptoms of overdosage are restlessness, dryness of mouth, dilated pupils, sleepiness, dizziness, mental confusion and rapid heartbeat.
If you forget to take a dose of DICLECTIN, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not try to make up for a missed dose by taking a double dose.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.