Tuesday, January 5, 2010


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Pheniramine maleate

All medicines have risks and benefits. So please discuss these with your pharmacist or doctor to make sure that the benefits of taking AVIL outweigh any possible risks.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What AVIL is used for
AVIL Tablets, Retard and Syrup contain pheniramine maleate, a medicine used to treat allergic conditions such as hayfever, runny nose, itching skin and skin rashes. It is also used in the prevention and treatment of inner ear disorders (eg. Meniere's disease) and travel sickness.

AVIL Decongestant also contains pheniramine maleate, ammonium chloride and menthol. It is used to treat chesty coughs, or chest or nasal congestion due to an infection or allergy.

AVIL is one of a group of medicines called 'antihistamines' which works by blocking the action of histamine.

Before taking AVIL
AVIL must not be taken if you have an allergy to:
AVIL (pheniramine maleate) or any of the ingredients listed at the end (Product Description).
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
asthma, wheezing or shortness of breath
swelling of the face, lips or tongue which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing
hives, itching or skin rash, fainting.

When Avil should not be taken
you are taking an antidepressant medicine known as a MAO Inhibitor.
if you are male and you have an enlarged prostate.
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
the expiry date on the pack has passed.
If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.

Do not give AVIL to a premature or newborn baby.

Before you start to take it
Tell your pharmacist if:

you have allergies to:
any other medicines
any other substances
you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
an enlarged prostate
glaucoma (high pressure in the eye)
Taking other medicines
Before you take AVIL you should tell your pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines as some medicines and AVIL may interfere with each other. These include:-

antidepressants known as MAO inhibitors
atropine and other anticholinergic drugs
sedative drugs
AVIL may cause drowsiness and may increase the effects of alcohol and other sedative drugs.

If affected, do not drive a motor vehicle or operate machinery.

You might get used to the sedative effect after a few days of treatment, however you may prefer to change to a non-sedating antihistamine. Please discuss this option with your pharmacist.

How to take AVIL
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. These directions may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

How to take AVIL
AVIL Tablets and Avil Retard tablets should be swallowed whole with plenty of water. Do not chew them.

Drink some water after taking your dose of Avil Syrup or Decongestant.

When to take AVIL
Avil should be taken with or soon after food.

Do not take the medicine on an empty stomach.

If you are taking Avil to prevent travel sickness, take a dose at least 30 minutes before travelling.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking AVIL, even if the problem is not listed below. AVIL helps many people with allergic conditions, travel sickness and inner ear problems and AVIL Decongestant helps a cough, chest and nasal congestion, but there may be unwanted side-effects in some people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. Medical treatment may be required for some of the side effects.

Tell your pharmacist or doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

nervousness, irritability, incoordination, lack of concentration
tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
nausea and vomiting
difficulty passing urine
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

changes in your usual behaviour or mood
severe sedation, confusion or restlessness
vision problems
irregular heart beat
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

What AVIL looks like
Avil Tablets

AVIL tablets are round white tablets with a single breakline on one face and DAR inscribed on both sides of the line. They come in packs of 10 and 50 tablets.

Avil Retard (sustained-release tablets)

Avil Retard sustained-release tablets are round red tablets. They come in packs of 50 tablets.

Avil Syrup

Avil syrup is a clear, almost colourless liquid supplied in 100mL bottles.

Avil Decongestant

AVIL Decongestant is a clear, red syrup with a cherry-menthol smell supplied in 100mL bottles.

AVIL preparations do not contain gluten, tartrazine or azo dyes.

Diabetics should note that Avil syrup contains 60% w/v of sugar. One

5mL measure contains 3.0g of sugar. AVIL Decongestant contains 50%w/v (sucrose 40%w/v and glucose 10%w/v) of sugar. One 5mL measure contains 2.5g of sugar.

Avil Tablets contain the active ingredient pheniramine maleate. There is 45.3 mg of pheniramine maleate in every tablet. Each tablet also contains maize starch, sodium starch glycollate, lactose, colloidal silica, microcrystalline cellulose and magnesium stearate.

Avil Retard (sustained-release tablets) contain the active ingredient pheniramine maleate. There is 75 mg of pheniramine maleate in every tablet. Each tablet also contains lactose, aluminium hydroxide, montan wax, colloidal silica, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, polyvinyl acetate, sucrose, acacia gum, gelatin, glucose, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide, erythrosine, iron oxide yellow, talc, glycerol and macrogol 6000.

Avil Syrup contains the active ingredient pheniramine maleate. There is 15 mg of pheniramine maleate in every 5 mL of syrup. It also contains sucrose (60% w/v), passionfruit flavouring, methyl hydroxybenzoate, propyl hydroxybenzoate and water.

Avil Decongestant contains the active ingredients pheniramine maleate, ammonium chloride and menthol. There is 15 mg of pheniramine maleate in every 5 mL of syrup. It also contains sucrose, glucose, amaranth, ethanol, sorbitol, cherry and raspberry flavouring, methyl hydroxybenzoate, propyl hydroxybenzoate and water.

AVIL Tablets, Retard tablets, Syrup and Decongestant syrup are supplied by:

27 Sirius Road
Lane Cove NSW 2066

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