CTM or chlorpheniramine maleate is a drug to treat allergy symptoms. However, recently CTM is also used as a sleeping pill by many people. The side effects of CTM that can cause drowsiness make people who have trouble sleeping think they can use this drug to aid sleep. That is, the use of this drug for sleep is not what it should be. Then, is it safe to use CTM as a sleeping pill?
What is CTM?
CTM is a drug that can be used to treat allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. In addition, CTM drugs can also be used to treat colds, rhinitis, or allergies associated with other respiratory tracts. This drug is a drug that contains antihistamines, so it can stop the histamine from working in the body which can cause an allergic reaction.
Is CTM a sleeping pill?
CTM is not a sleeping pill. Although the side effect of CTM is drowsiness after taking it, CTM is not appropriate to use as a sleeping pill. The use of CTM for sleeping pills is one of drug abuse.
If you have a sleep disorder, maybe what is wrong is your lifestyle. For example, drinking coffee a few hours before bedtime that makes you unable to sleep or your bedtime is late than the time you normally sleep.
So, don’t rush to take medication when you have a sleep disorder. If the sleep problems you experience often occur and interfere with your daily life, you should talk to your doctor about your sleep problems. The doctor will prescribe sleeping pills according to your needs.
What are the side effects of CTM as a sleeping pill?
Although most sleeping pills also contain antihistamines (such as those found in CTM), the use of CTM as a sleeping pill is still inaccurate. Also, the longer you use CTM as a sleeping pill, the less likely it is that it can make you sleepy.
Why? Because of your body’s tolerance for the sedative effects (calming and drowsiness) antihistamines can develop rapidly. As a result, you may take CTM in more and more doses to make you drowsy. Of course, this is not good and can cause side effects for health.
The single dose of CTM for adults is 4 mg / day. Meanwhile, the limit for using CTM in a day is a maximum of 24 mg / day. If you take CTM in a dose that is more than the recommended limit, side effects may occur.
Some of the side effects that can result from using CTM are:
- Dry mouth, nose and throat
- Blurred vision
- Faster and irregular heartbeat
- Feeling nervous or restless
- Mood swings
- Tremors or seizures
- The body bruises or bleeds easily
- Hard to breathe
- You urinate less or not at all
If you experience these side effects, you should stop using CTM and immediately consult a doctor.