I’m a chronic sinus/nasal allergy sufferer and I have the unfortunate combination of high tolerance for most antihistamines and low tolerance (inability to tolerate) most decongestants. My personal optimum solution is (or <sigh> was) a nonprescription pharmaceutical named BROMPHENIRAMINE MALEATE, sold over-the-counter as Dimetane] and, more recently, as Dimetapp Allergy.
A. H. Robins continues to make a product called Dimetapp, in various manifestations, but all of those manifestations now contain decongestant, most commonly pseudephedrine hydrochloride or pseudephedrine sulfate (i.e, Sudafed – ::shudder:: – the stuff that keeps me from sleeping for 96 hours after a single dose). Dimetane and Dimetapp Allergy are no longer being marketed by A. H. Robins.
I really have tried a long list of alternative antihistamines and will continue to do so, but that isn’t the advice I need right now…I want to know how best to get my hands on a large (lifetime) supply of brompheniramine maleate. I was buying it over the counter as recently as April in New York City, so I’m convinced there must be a backlog stock of it somewhere.
One pharmacist recommended Canadian sources, thinking that the US FDA may have unusually tight and arbitrary expiration / shelf-life laws.
A. H. Robins confirms that brompheniramine maleate is public domain and that it is not illegal for a non-Robins endeavor to make the stuff. I would consider paying a chemical house to make me up a batch of it, but I’ve been told there’s not much chance of this.
Or I could just get a nosectomy …
::aa-CHEWW!! snoff!! whine::
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