Generic Asthafen™®: Ketotifen Fumarate
Ketotifen Fumarate is the chemical name of the active ingredient in Asthafen™®
Tablet Chemical Name: Ketotifen Fumarate.
Other name brands for this medication
Possible Uses of Asthafen: Ketotifen is used to minimize the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. This medication may allow for a reduction in the use of other asthma medications. Ketotifen is not effective in treating an active asthma attack (acute attack).
How to take Asthafen: Take this medication by mouth; generally twice daily. Do not crush or chew the tablets. Ketotifen must be taken regularly to be effective. Do not skip any doses. Do not stop using other asthma medications unless your doctor tells you to. To lessen the drowsiness effect of this drug, the dosage may be slowly increased during the first week. It may take several weeks before the full benefits of this drug are clearly noticed (usually within 10 weeks). After 2 to 3 months of using this drug, your doctor may slowly decrease the use of other asthma medicines. Follow your doctor\'s directions carefully.
Precautions When Using Asthafen: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (especially drug allergies). Limit alcohol intake as this might aggravate drug side effects. Caution performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). Lowering of corticosteroid (e.g., prednisone) doses must be done carefully under doctor and pharmacist supervision. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast- feeding.
Side Effects of Asthafen: Drowsiness, dizziness, trouble sleeping or flu- like symptoms might occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Unlikely but report promptly: unusual weight gain, stomach pain, rash. Very unlikely but report promptly: unusual bleeding or bruising, irritability, unusual excitability or nervousness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Drug Interactions of Asthafen: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: oral drugs used for diabetes. Also report drugs that may cause drowsiness such as: sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, psychiatric medicines, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), anti-seizure drugs. Certain cough-and-cold preparations may also make you drowsy. Consult your pharmacist. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
Missed dose of Asthafen: 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 and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not \"double-up\" the dose to catch up.
Overdose of Asthafen: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Storage of Asthafen: Store at room temperature at or below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
Other Information of Asthafen: DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS MEDICINE out of the reach of children. IF USING THIS MEDICINE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
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