She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.Antihistamines are medications used for the treatment of allergies, cold and flu symptoms, including sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, hives, runny nose and more.Combined with the effects of alcohol, taking the two simultaneously could magnify the effects, posing a possible danger when watching children, operating a motor vehicle or other machinery.

Stop using promethazine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.

Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

Promethazine may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Drinking promethazine-codeine cough syrup mixed with soda (a combination called syrup, sizzurp, purple drank, barre, or lean) was referenced frequently in some popular music beginning in the late 1990s and has become increasingly popular among youth in several areas of the country.

A variation of “purple drank” is promethazine-codeine cough syrup mixed with alcohol.

Users may also flavor the mixture with the addition of hard candies.

When taken as intended, cough and cold medicines safely treat symptoms of lower and upper respiratory congestion and discomfort caused by colds and flu.

Some over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription cough and cold medicines contain active ingredients that are psychoactive (mind-altering) at higher-than-recommended dosages and are frequently abused for this purpose.

These products may also contain other drugs, such as expectorants and antihistamines, which are dangerous at high doses and compound the dangers of abuse.

However, the drugs that we are talking about here are not on the DEA’s list.