Sominex is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs called antihistamines. It works by reducing the effects of natural histamine in the human body. Histamine is responsible for producing such unpleasant symptoms as watery eyes, itching, runny nose and swelling. Sominex is taken by people to treat these symptoms or for other purposes, such as inducing sleep, treating motion sickness and some signs of Parkinson’s disease.
Don’t take this medication to make children sleepy. It’s not allowed to use Sominex if you have any possible allergic reactions. Tell doctors about your medical history, especially kidney and liver problems, ileostomy or colostomy, blockage in the digestive tract, urination issues and bladder obstruction, glaucoma, thyroid disorders, low blood pressure, heart diseases, asthma, COPD, other breathing difficulties, cough caused by emphysema or smoking, and if you take potassium. It’s not likely for Sominex to harm unborn babies, but it can pass into breast milk and harm nursing babies. All antihistamines are prone to slowing down breast milk production, so nursing women should be cautious when taking Sominex. Older patients are more prone to experiencing relevant side effects.
How to Use This Medication
Sominex is not intended to be taken by children who are less than 2 years old. When using it to treat motion sickness, take the necessary dose 30 minutes before being engaged in any situation that causes it. As a sleeping aid, use Sominex within 30 minutes before your bedtime. Take it according to the prescription given by doctors and call them if your symptoms don’t improve after 1 week. The use of Sominex may affect the results of different allergy skin tests.
This medicine may lead to blurred vision and impair your thinking and reactions, so be careful when driving or doing other activities that require your full alertness. Don’t drink alcohol, because it increases the risk of experiencing side effects.
Sominex Adverse Reactions
Just like other drugs, this medication may cause unwanted side effects, but most of them are rare and mild. The most common symptoms caused by it include:
Drowsiness and dizziness;
Dry mouth and loss of coordination;
Dry eyes and upset stomach;
Constipation and blurred vision;
Hangover feeling and day-time sleepiness.
Get emergency medical help if you experience any symptoms of allergies, such as difficulty breathing, hives and swelling. Stop using Sominex and call your doctor once you feel the following signs:
Chest fluttering and pounding heartbeats;
Little or no urination;
Difficult or painful urination;
Uncontrolled tongue movements and confusion;
Feeling like you may pass out and tightness in your jaw or neck.
Don’t take Sominex along with other meds that slow down your breathing or make you sleepy. Avoid using it with narcotic pain killers, sleeping pills and muscle relaxants.