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Specific Safety Issues for Clemastine

Specific Clemastine Warnings and Precautions

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking clemastine include the following:
 
  • Make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking clemastine if you have hyperthyroidism, any heart problems (including heart disease), or high blood pressure, as it is possible that clemastine could worsen these conditions.
     
  • Clemastine can cause blurred vision, dizziness, and drowsiness. Be sure to see how clemastine affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
     
  • Clemastine can 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 clemastine.
     
  • Clemastine can worsen stomach ulcers, GERD, glaucoma, or an enlarged prostate. If you have one of these conditions, do not take clemastine without checking with your healthcare provider first.
     
  • Elderly individuals may be more susceptible to the side effects of clemastine (and may also be more likely to be taking medications that interact with clemastine). If you are over 60 years old, it might be a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking clemastine. Clemastine can worsen many conditions common in the elderly (such as an enlarged prostate or Alzheimer's disease).
     
  • Clemastine is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it probably will not cause problems if used during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Clemastine and Pregnancy).
     
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