Tavist is an anti-histamine medication used to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate allergic reactions. Tavist does not treat infections. Tavist is used to treat other medical conditions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, glaucoma, or if you have used a MAOI medication in the last two weeks. Also inform the doctor or health care professional if you have lung disease, difficulty in breathing, difficulty in urinating, stomach problems, if you are breast-feeding or pregnant, or if you are allergic to any food, preservatives or food dyes. Your doctor or health care professional should also be informed if you are allergic to any medications.

How should I use this medicine?

Tavist tablets should be taken orally with water. Ensure that the instructions on the package insert are carefully followed. Make sure that each dose is taken on schedule. Never increase the dose unless advised by a doctor.

Tavist should be administered to children under the age of 12 with extreme caution, under a doctor’s directions. Tavist should also be used with caution by people over the age of 60 years.

Overdose: In the case of overdose with Tavist call for emergency assistance immediately. This medication should only be used by the person for whom it was prescribed.

What if I miss a dose?

If a dose is missed, you may take it as soon as possible. Thereafter, revert to your regular dosing schedule. You should not take a double dose.

What precautions should I take while using this medication?

You may experience some uncomfortable side-effects when first using Tavist. If these symptoms do not clear up after a couple of days, you should inform your doctor.

When first using Tavist do not drive or perform any dangerous activity. This medication can cause dizziness or fainting. When getting up, after sitting or lying down, do it gradually especially if you are an elderly person. Alcohol can increase dizziness therefore avoid drinking alcohol while using Tavist.

Increase your daily intake of water while using Tavist to avoid dry mouth. Sucking hard candy or chewing sugar-free gum will also help.

Tavist can cause blurry vision or dry eyes. People who wear contact lenses can obtain relief with lubricating eye-drops. If this condition persists, contact your ophthalmologist.

Tavist can increase sensitivity to the sun. Wear suitable clothing and use sunscreen lotion if you go outdoors. Do not use tanning beds or sun lamps while using Tavist.