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Guaifenesin and Codeine

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Allfen CD;Allfen CDX;Dex-Tuss;ExeClear-C;Gani-Tuss® NR;Mar-Cof® CG;Robafen AC;Tusso-CT
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antitussive;Cough Preparation;Expectorant

    Uses
    • This medicine is used to thin secretions so they can be removed from the body by coughing.
    • Guaifenesin thins fluids in the lungs.
    • Codeine affects the cough center in the brain.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
    • Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.
    • A liquid (solution, syrup) is available if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to guaifenesin, codeine, or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

    Precautions

    • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
    • This medicine is not for coughs due to smoking or lung disease.
    • If you have PKU, talk with healthcare provider. Some products do contain phenylalanine.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor) or other medicines and natural products that slow your actions and reactions.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred vision, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities that require you to be alert or have clear vision until you see how this medicine affects you.
    • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.

    Monitoring

    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Persistent cough.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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