Dichlorphenamide Oral tablet
What is this medicine?
DICHLORPHENAMIDE (dye klor PHEN a mide) is used to treat certain types of periodic paralysis (muscle weakness).
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
lung or breathing disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to dichlorphenamide or other sulfonamides, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water.Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take it with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
high dose aspirin
This drug may also interact with the following medications:
certain diuretics like furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, torsemide
medicines for fungal infections
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not get better or if they start to get worse.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells.
You may need lab work done while taking this medicine.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
redness, blistering or peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
signs and symptoms of low potassium like muscle cramps or muscle pain; chest pain; dizziness; feeling faint or light-headed; palpitations; breathing problems; or fast, irregular heartbeat
signs and symptoms of increased acid in the body like breathing fast; fast heartbeat; headache; confusion; feeling weak or tired; nausea, vomiting
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in taste
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 to 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
March 21, 2017
U.S. FDA-approved Package Insert