Understanding the Risks With Actifed

Specific Actifed Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Actifed include the following:
 
  • Actifed can make high blood pressure worse -- especially high blood pressure that is not well-controlled with medications or other treatments. If you have high blood pressure or heart disease, check with your healthcare provider before taking Actifed.
     
  • This medication can cause problems in people with glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, or kidney disease. If you have one of these conditions, do not take Actifed without first checking with your healthcare provider.
     
  • Actifed could cause breathing problems in people with asthma or COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. If you have asthma or COPD, check with your healthcare provider before taking it.
     
  • This medication can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Therefore, make sure that you know how Actifed affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
     
  • Actifed interacts with some medications. Some of these interactions can be quite dangerous (see Actifed Drug Interactions for more information).
     
  • Actifed is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it might not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Actifed and Pregnancy).
     
  • It is unknown if Actifed passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider before using this medication (see Actifed and Breastfeeding).
     
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