- It is used to ease allergy signs.
- It is used to prevent exercise-induced breathing problems.
- It is used to treat or prevent asthma.
- It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not give this drug to treat an asthma attack. Use a rescue inhaler. Talk with the doctor.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Call the doctor right away if your child’s normal dose does not work as well or if your child needs to use the rescue inhaler more often.
- This drug is not helpful during an asthma attack.
- Do not give this drug to stop exercise-induced breathing problems if your child is already taking it for asthma or allergy.
- If your child has asthma and taking aspirin makes it worse, make sure your child avoids aspirin and NSAIDs while your child takes this drug.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- If your child has phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your child’s doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
- If your child shows signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing him/herself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Change in the way your child acts.
- Memory problems or loss.
- Feeling confused.
- Not able to focus.
- Bad dreams.
- Not able to sleep.
- Trouble breathing that is new or worse.
- Flu-like signs.
- Sinus pain.
- Chest pain.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Ear pain.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Belly pain.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Sore throat.
- Stuffy nose.
- Runny nose.
- Give this drug with or without food.
- Give even during sign-free periods.
- If working out or playing sports causes your child signs, give at least 2 hours before your child does it.
- If this drug is for asthma, give in the evening.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
- Give this drug at the same time of day.
- Keep giving this drug to your child as you have been told by your child’s doctor or other health care provider, even if your child feels well.
- Have your child chew all the way up before swallowing.
- Granules may be taken by mouth or mixed with applesauce, baby formula, breast milk, carrots, rice, or ice cream. Do not mix granules in other liquids.
- After mixing, give your child’s dose right away. Do not store for future use.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
- Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Use granules right after opening.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.