phenylephrine (Rx)

Brand and Other Names:Vazculep, Biorphen
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

injectable IV solution (ready-to-use)

  • 0.1 mg/mL (Biorphen)
  • Do not dilute further

injectable IV solution (concentrated)

  • 10mg/mL (Vazculep, Biorphen)
  • Requires further dilution

Severe Hypotension/Shock

Alpha-1 adrenergic receptor agonist indicated for treatment of clinically important hypotension resulting primarily from vasodilation in the setting of anesthesia

IV bolus: 40-100 mcg q1-2 min PRN, not to exceed total dose of 200 mcg

Adjust dosage according to blood pressure goal

Continuous IV infusion: If blood pressure is below the target goal, start a continuous IV infusion with an infusion rate of 10-35 mcg/min; not to exceed 200 mcg/min

Dosage Modifications

Renal impairment

  • Mild-to-moderate: Consider starting at the lower end of the recommended dose range, and adjusting dose based on the target blood pressure goal
  • End-stage renal disease (ESRD): Dose-response data indicate increased responsiveness to phenylephrine

Hepatic impairment

  • Start dosing in the recommended dose range, but more phenylephrine may be needed in this population
  • Moderate-to-severe (Child-Pugh Class B or C): Dose-response data indicate decreased responsiveness to phenylephrine

Dosing considerations

Drug not recommended by The Society of Critical Care Medicine, to treat septic shock, except when first line agent epinephrine associated with causing serious arrhythmia, when cardiac output is high and blood pressure persistently low, or when combination of inotrope/vasopressor and low dose vasopressin failed to achieve desired mean arterial pressure and phenylephrine used as salvage therapy

Dosage Forms & Strengths

injectable IV solution (ready-to-use)

  • 0.1 mg/mL (Biorphen)
  • Do not dilute further

injectable IV solution (concentrated)

  • 10mg/mL (Vazculep, Biorphen)
  • Requires further dilution

Severe Hypotension/Shock (Off-label)

<2 years

  • Safety and efficacy not established

≥2 years

  • 5-20 mcg/kg IV once; THEN 0.1-0.5 mcg/kg/min IV; not to exceed 3-5 mcg/kg/min IV  
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            • iobenguane I 123

              phenylephrine decreases effects of iobenguane I 123 by receptor binding competition. Contraindicated. If clinically appropriate, discontinue drugs that compete for NE receptor sites for at least 5 half-lives; may cause false-negative imaging results.

            • isocarboxazid

              isocarboxazid increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • linezolid

              linezolid increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • phenelzine

              phenelzine increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • procarbazine

              procarbazine increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • selegiline transdermal

              selegiline transdermal increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • tranylcypromine

              tranylcypromine increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            Serious - Use Alternative (27)

            • amitriptyline

              amitriptyline, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • amoxapine

              amoxapine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • cabergoline

              cabergoline, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Additive vasospasm; risk of hypertension.

            • clomipramine

              clomipramine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • desflurane

              desflurane increases toxicity of phenylephrine by Mechanism: unknown. Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Risk of V tach, HTN.

              desflurane increases levels of phenylephrine by decreasing metabolism. Contraindicated.

            • desipramine

              desipramine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • dihydroergotamine

              dihydroergotamine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Additive vasospasm; risk of hypertension.

            • dihydroergotamine intranasal

              dihydroergotamine intranasal, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Additive vasospasm; risk of hypertension.

            • doxapram

              doxapram increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Additive pressor effect.

            • doxepin

              doxepin, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • ergoloid mesylates

              ergoloid mesylates, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Additive vasospasm; risk of hypertension.

            • ergotamine

              ergotamine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Additive vasospasm; risk of hypertension.

            • ether

              ether increases toxicity of phenylephrine by Mechanism: unknown. Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Risk of V tach, HTN.

            • etomidate

              etomidate increases levels of phenylephrine by decreasing metabolism. Contraindicated.

            • imipramine

              imipramine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • isoflurane

              isoflurane increases toxicity of phenylephrine by Mechanism: unknown. Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Risk of V tach, HTN.

            • lofepramine

              lofepramine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • maprotiline

              maprotiline, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • methoxyflurane

              methoxyflurane increases toxicity of phenylephrine by Mechanism: unknown. Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Risk of V tach, HTN.

            • methylergonovine

              methylergonovine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Additive vasospasm; risk of hypertension.

            • nortriptyline

              nortriptyline, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • propofol

              propofol increases levels of phenylephrine by decreasing metabolism. Contraindicated.

            • protriptyline

              protriptyline, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • sevoflurane

              sevoflurane increases toxicity of phenylephrine by Mechanism: unknown. Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Risk of V tach, HTN.

              sevoflurane increases levels of phenylephrine by decreasing metabolism. Contraindicated.

            • trazodone

              trazodone, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • trimipramine

              trimipramine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Avoid or Use Alternate Drug. Comment: Tricyclic antidepressants increase or decrease effects of sympathomimetics, by blocking reuptake of NE, or blocking uptake of indirect sympathomimetics into the adrenergic neuron.

            • yohimbe

              yohimbe, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic synergism. Contraindicated. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            Monitor Closely (168)

            • albuterol

              albuterol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              albuterol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • alfentanil

              alfentanil increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • alprazolam

              alprazolam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • amitriptyline

              amitriptyline increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • amobarbital

              amobarbital increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • amoxapine

              amoxapine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • arformoterol

              arformoterol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              arformoterol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • aripiprazole

              aripiprazole increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • armodafinil

              armodafinil and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • atomoxetine

              atomoxetine, phenylephrine. Other (see comment). Use Caution/Monitor. Comment: Due to the potential for increases in blood pressure and heart rate, atomoxetine should be used cautiously with vasopressors such as phenylephrine.

            • azelastine

              azelastine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • belladonna and opium

              belladonna and opium increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • benperidol

              benperidol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • benzphetamine

              benzphetamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              benzphetamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • bromocriptine

              bromocriptine, phenylephrine. Either increases effects of the other by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Hypertension, V tach.

            • brompheniramine

              brompheniramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • buprenorphine buccal

              buprenorphine buccal increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • butabarbital

              butabarbital increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • butalbital

              butalbital increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • butorphanol

              butorphanol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • caffeine

              caffeine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • carbinoxamine

              carbinoxamine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • chloral hydrate

              chloral hydrate increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • chlordiazepoxide

              chlordiazepoxide increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • chlorpheniramine

              chlorpheniramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • chlorpromazine

              chlorpromazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              chlorpromazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • cinnarizine

              cinnarizine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • clemastine

              clemastine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • clomipramine

              clomipramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • clonazepam

              clonazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • clorazepate

              clorazepate increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • clozapine

              clozapine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • codeine

              codeine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • cyclizine

              cyclizine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • cyproheptadine

              cyproheptadine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • desipramine

              desipramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dexchlorpheniramine

              dexchlorpheniramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dexfenfluramine

              dexfenfluramine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              dexfenfluramine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dexmedetomidine

              dexmedetomidine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dexmethylphenidate

              dexmethylphenidate and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              dexmethylphenidate and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dextroamphetamine

              dextroamphetamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              dextroamphetamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dextromoramide

              dextromoramide increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • diamorphine

              diamorphine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • diethylpropion

              diethylpropion and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              diethylpropion and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • difenoxin hcl

              difenoxin hcl increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dimenhydrinate

              dimenhydrinate increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • diphenhydramine

              diphenhydramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • diphenoxylate hcl

              diphenoxylate hcl increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dipipanone

              dipipanone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dobutamine

              dobutamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              dobutamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dopamine

              dopamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              dopamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • dopexamine

              dopexamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              dopexamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • doxepin

              doxepin increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • droperidol

              droperidol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • droxidopa

              phenylephrine and droxidopa both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor. May increase risk for supine hypertension

            • ephedrine

              ephedrine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              ephedrine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

              ephedrine, phenylephrine. Either increases effects of the other by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • epinephrine

              epinephrine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              epinephrine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • epinephrine inhaled

              phenylephrine, epinephrine inhaled. Either increases effects of the other by sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • epinephrine racemic

              epinephrine racemic and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              epinephrine racemic and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • estazolam

              estazolam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • ethanol

              ethanol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • fenfluramine

              fenfluramine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              fenfluramine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • fluphenazine

              fluphenazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              fluphenazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • flurazepam

              flurazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • formoterol

              formoterol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              formoterol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • haloperidol

              haloperidol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • hydralazine

              hydralazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Use Caution/Monitor. Sympathomimetics can antagonize the activity of some antihypertensive agents.

            • hydromorphone

              hydromorphone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • hydroxyzine

              hydroxyzine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • iloperidone

              iloperidone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • imipramine

              imipramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • indacaterol, inhaled

              phenylephrine increases effects of indacaterol, inhaled by Other (see comment). Use Caution/Monitor. Comment: If additional adrenergic drugs are to be administered by any route, they should be used with caution because the sympathetic effects of indacaterol may be potentiated.

            • insulin degludec

              phenylephrine decreases effects of insulin degludec by pharmacodynamic antagonism. Modify Therapy/Monitor Closely. Sympathomimetics increase blood glucose by stimulating alpha and beta receptors; this action results in increased hepatic glucose production, glycogenolysis, and decreased insulin secretion.

            • insulin degludec/insulin aspart

              phenylephrine decreases effects of insulin degludec/insulin aspart by pharmacodynamic antagonism. Modify Therapy/Monitor Closely. Sympathomimetics increase blood glucose by stimulating alpha and beta receptors; this action results in increased hepatic glucose production, glycogenolysis, and decreased insulin secretion.

            • insulin inhaled

              phenylephrine decreases effects of insulin inhaled by pharmacodynamic antagonism. Modify Therapy/Monitor Closely. Sympathomimetics increase blood glucose by stimulating alpha and beta receptors; this action results in increased hepatic glucose production, glycogenolysis, and decreased insulin secretion.

            • isoproterenol

              isoproterenol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              isoproterenol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • ketotifen, ophthalmic

              ketotifen, ophthalmic increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • levalbuterol

              levalbuterol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              levalbuterol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • levorphanol

              levorphanol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • lisdexamfetamine

              lisdexamfetamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              lisdexamfetamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • lofepramine

              lofepramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • lofexidine

              lofexidine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • loprazolam

              loprazolam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • lorazepam

              lorazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • lormetazepam

              lormetazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • loxapine

              loxapine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • loxapine inhaled

              loxapine inhaled increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • maprotiline

              maprotiline increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • marijuana

              marijuana increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • melatonin

              melatonin increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • meperidine

              meperidine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • meprobamate

              meprobamate increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • metaproterenol

              metaproterenol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              metaproterenol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • methadone

              methadone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • methamphetamine

              methamphetamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              methamphetamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • methyldopa

              methyldopa increases effects of phenylephrine by unknown mechanism. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • methylenedioxymethamphetamine

              methylenedioxymethamphetamine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              methylenedioxymethamphetamine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • midazolam

              midazolam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • midodrine

              midodrine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              midodrine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • mirtazapine

              mirtazapine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • modafinil

              modafinil and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • morphine

              morphine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • motherwort

              motherwort increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • moxonidine

              moxonidine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • nabilone

              nabilone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • nadolol

              nadolol increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of acute hypertensive episode (rare).

            • nalbuphine

              nalbuphine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • norepinephrine

              norepinephrine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              norepinephrine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • nortriptyline

              nortriptyline increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • olanzapine

              olanzapine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • olodaterol inhaled

              phenylephrine and olodaterol inhaled both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor. Caution with coadministration of adrenergic drugs by any route because of additive sympathetic effects

            • opium tincture

              opium tincture increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • oxazepam

              oxazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • oxycodone

              oxycodone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • oxymetazoline topical

              oxymetazoline topical and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • oxymorphone

              oxymorphone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • oxytocin

              oxytocin increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • paliperidone

              paliperidone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • papaveretum

              papaveretum increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • pentazocine

              pentazocine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • pentobarbital

              pentobarbital increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • perphenazine

              perphenazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              perphenazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • phendimetrazine

              phendimetrazine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              phendimetrazine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • phenobarbital

              phenobarbital increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • phentermine

              phentermine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              phentermine and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • pholcodine

              pholcodine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • pimozide

              pimozide increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • pindolol

              pindolol increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of acute hypertensive episode (rare).

            • pirbuterol

              pirbuterol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              pirbuterol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • primidone

              primidone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • prochlorperazine

              prochlorperazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              prochlorperazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • promazine

              promazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • promethazine

              promethazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              promethazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • propofol

              propofol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • propranolol

              propranolol increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of acute hypertensive episode (rare).

            • propylhexedrine

              phenylephrine and propylhexedrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              phenylephrine and propylhexedrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • protriptyline

              protriptyline increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • pseudoephedrine

              phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • quazepam

              quazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • quetiapine

              quetiapine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • rasagiline

              rasagiline increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • risperidone

              risperidone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • safinamide

              phenylephrine and safinamide both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor. Monitor patients for hypertension if safinamide is prescribed concomitantly with prescription or nonprescription sympathomimetics, including nasal, oral, or ophthalmic decongestants and cold remedies.

            • salmeterol

              salmeterol and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              salmeterol and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • scullcap

              scullcap increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • secobarbital

              secobarbital increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • selegiline

              selegiline increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of acute hypertensive episode.

            • shepherd's purse

              shepherd's purse increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • solriamfetol

              phenylephrine and solriamfetol both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • sufentanil

              sufentanil increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • tapentadol

              tapentadol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • temazepam

              temazepam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • terbutaline

              terbutaline and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              terbutaline and phenylephrine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • thioridazine

              thioridazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              thioridazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • thiothixene

              thiothixene increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • timolol

              timolol increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of acute hypertensive episode (rare).

            • topiramate

              topiramate increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Modify Therapy/Monitor Closely.

            • tramadol

              tramadol increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • trazodone

              trazodone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • triazolam

              triazolam increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • triclofos

              triclofos increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • trifluoperazine

              trifluoperazine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

              trifluoperazine, phenylephrine. Mechanism: unknown. Use Caution/Monitor. Risk of cardiac arrhythmia or sudden death, more likely w/thioridazine than other phenothiazines. Interaction more likely in certain predisposed pts. only.

            • trimipramine

              trimipramine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • triprolidine

              triprolidine increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • xylometazoline

              phenylephrine and xylometazoline both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              phenylephrine and xylometazoline both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • yohimbine

              yohimbine and phenylephrine both decrease sedation. Use Caution/Monitor.

              phenylephrine and yohimbine both increase sympathetic (adrenergic) effects, including increased blood pressure and heart rate. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • ziconotide

              ziconotide increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

            • ziprasidone

              ziprasidone increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Use Caution/Monitor.

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            • alfuzosin

              alfuzosin, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • asenapine

              asenapine, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • desmopressin

              desmopressin increases effects of phenylephrine by pharmacodynamic synergism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • doxazosin

              doxazosin, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • eucalyptus

              eucalyptus increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • moxisylyte

              moxisylyte, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • phenoxybenzamine

              phenoxybenzamine, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • phentolamine

              phentolamine, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • prazosin

              prazosin, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • sage

              sage increases and phenylephrine decreases sedation. Effect of interaction is not clear, use caution. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • silodosin

              silodosin, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

            • terazosin

              terazosin, phenylephrine. Either decreases effects of the other by Mechanism: pharmacodynamic antagonism. Minor/Significance Unknown.

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            Adverse Effects

            Frequency Not Defined

            Extravasation

            Hypertension

            Reflex bradycardia

            Anxiety

            Headache

            Burning

            Rebound congestion

            Sneezing

            Pulmonary edema

            Metabolic acidosis

            Decreased renal perfusion

            Reduced urine output

            Nausea

            Gastric irritation

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            Warnings

            Contraindications

            None

            Cautions

            Avoid extravasation; ensure proper needle or catheter placement prior to and during infusion

            IV administration may cause severe bradycardia and reduced cardiac output, resulting from increase in cardiac afterload especially in patients with preexisting cardiac dysfunction; use with caution in patients with preexisting bradycardia, partial heart block, myocardial disease, or severe coronary artery disease; may also increase pulmonary arterial pressure and precipitate angina in patients with severe coronary artery disease

            Avoid or use with extreme caution in patients with heart failure or cardiogenic shock; cardiac output may decrease with increased systemic vascular resistance

            Avoid use in patients with hypertension; monitor blood pressure closely and adjust infusion rate; use is contraindicated in severe hypertension

            May cause excessive peripheral and visceral vasoconstriction and ischemia to vital organs, especially in patients with peripheral vascular disease

            Patients with spinal cord injury or other autonomic dysfunction may experience exaggerated increase in blood pressure response to therapy

            May increase the need for renal replacement therapy in patients with septic shock; monitor renal function

            Drug interactions overview

            • Oxytocic drugs potentiate the increasing blood pressure effect of sympathomimetic pressor amines including phenylephrine, thus increasing the risk for hemorrhagic stroke
            • Increase blood pressure effect of phenylephrine is increased in patients receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI); tricyclic antidepressants; angiotensin, aldosterone; atropine; steroids (eg, hydrocortisone); norepinephrine transporter inhibitors, (eg, atomoxetine), ergot alkaloids (eg, methylergonovine maleate)
            • Interactions that antagonize the pressor effect when patient receive alpha-adrenergic antagonists; phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors; mixed alpha- and beta-receptor antagonists; calcium channel blockers (eg, nifedipine), benzodiazepines, ACE inhibitors, centrally-acting sympatholytic agents (eg, reserpine, guanfacine)
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            Pregnancy & Lactation

            Pregnancy

            Data from randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses with use in pregnant women during caesarean section have not established a drug-associated risk of major birth defects and miscarriage

            These studies have not identified an adverse effect on maternal outcomes or infant Apgar scores

            There are no data on the use during the first or second trimester

            Animal data

            • In animal reproduction and development studies in normotensive animals, evidence of fetal malformations was noted when phenylephrine was administered during organogenesis via a 1-hr infusion at 1.2 times the human daily dose (HDD) of 10 mg/60 kg/day
            • Decreased pup weights were noted in offspring of pregnant rats treated with 2.9 times the HDD

            Disease-associated maternal and/or embryofetal risk

            • Untreated hypotension associated with spinal anesthesia for cesarean section is associated with an increase in maternal nausea and vomiting
            • A sustained decrease in uterine blood flow due to maternal hypotension may result in fetal bradycardia and acidosis

            Lactation

            No data available on the presence of phenylephrine injection or its metabolite in human or animal milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production

            Pregnancy Categories

            A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

            B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

            C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

            D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

            X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

            NA: Information not available.

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            Mechanism of Action

            Strong alpha effects resulting in increased peripheral vascular resistance and blood pressure; decreases cardiac output and renal perfusion

            Absorption

            Bioavailability: <38%

            Onset: 10-15 min

            Duration: 15 min

            Peak plasma time: 0.75-2 hr

            Distribution

            Vdss: 340 L

            Metabolism

            Extensively metabolized in intestinal wall; moderately metabolized in liver

            Metabolites: M-hydroxymandelic acid (inactive)

            Elimination

            Half-life: 2.5 hr (terminal phase)

            Clearance: 2100 mL/min

            Excretion: Urine (~80% [16% parent drug])

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            IV Compatibilities

            Additive: Chloramphenicol, dobutamine, lidocaine, KCl, Na bicarb

            Y-site: Amiodarone, amrinone, famotidine, haloperidol

            IV Preparation

            Concentrated solution (ie, 10 mg/mL) requires dilution before administration

            IV bolus

            • Prepare a solution containing a final concentration of 100 mcg/mL
            • Withdraw 10 mg (1 mL of 10 mg/mL) of phenylephrine and dilute with 99 mL of D5W or 0.9% NaCl
            • Withdraw an appropriate dose from the 100 mcg/mL solution prior to bolus IV administration

            Continuous IV infusion

            • For continuous IV infusion, prepare a solution containing a final concentration of 20 mcg/mL in D5W or 0.9% NaCl
            • Withdraw 10 mg (1 mL of 10 mg/mL) of phenylephrine and dilute with 500 mL of D5W or 0.9% NaCl

            IV administration

            Bolus: Administer every 1-2 minutes as needed

            Continuous IV infusion: Start infusion rate of 10-35 mcg/min; not to exceed 200 mcg/min

            Storage

            Unopened vials

            • Store at 20-25ºC (68-77ºF), excursions permitted to 15-30ºC (59-86ºF)
            • Protect from light
            • Store in carton until time of use

            Diluted solution

            • Store for <4 hr at room temperature or for <24 hr under refrigerated conditions
            • Discard any unused portion
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            PHENYLEPHRINE - OPHTHALMIC

            (FEN-il-EF-rin)

            COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Mydfrin

            USES: This medication is used to dilate the pupils for eye examinations or procedures, and to treat certain eye conditions. It belongs to a class of drugs known as decongestants. Phenylephrine works by narrowing blood vessels.

            HOW TO USE: To apply eye drops, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your eye or any other surface.If you are wearing contact lenses, remove them before using eye drops. Wait at least 15 minutes before replacing your contact lenses. Tilt your head back, look upward, and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. Hold the dropper directly over your eye and place one drop into the pouch. Use as often as directed by your doctor. Look downward, gently close your eyes, and place one finger at the corner of your eye (near the nose). Apply gentle pressure for 1 to 2 minutes before opening your eyes. This will prevent the medication from draining out. Try not to blink or rub your eye. Repeat these steps if your dose is for more than one drop. If directed to use this medication in both eyes, repeat these steps for your other eye. Wait several minutes for your vision to clear before driving or operating machinery. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after each use.If you are using another kind of eye medication (such as drops or ointments), wait at least 10 minutes before applying other medications. Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.Use this medication as prescribed to get the most benefit from it.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

            SIDE EFFECTS: Burning or stinging, headache, sensitivity to light, or blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: eye pain, irregular heartbeat.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

            PRECAUTIONS: Before using phenylephrine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites found in some brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: glaucoma (angle-closure type), blood vessel disorders (such as aneurysm).This medication may cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

            DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

            OVERDOSE: This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

            NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

            MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

            STORAGE: Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature away from light. Different brands of this medication have different storage needs. Check the product package for instructions on how to store your brand. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

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