carbetapentane, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking carbetapentane, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine (Carbetaplex, MonteCough)?
Do not use a cough or cold medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
You should not use this medication if you have severe constipation, severe colitis or toxic megacolon, or if you are unable to urinate.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medication if you have ever had:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether carbetapentane, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use cold or cough medicine without medical advice if you are pregnant.
This medicine may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using carbetapentane, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine.
Artificially sweetened liquid cough or cold medicine may contain phenylalanine. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), check the medication label to see if the product contains phenylalanine.
How should I take carbetapentane, guaifenesin, and phenylephrine (Carbetaplex, MonteCough)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Cough or cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.
Do not take for longer than 7 days in a row. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache or skin rash.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving a cough or cold medicine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of cough and cold medicines in very young children.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Drink extra fluids to help loosen the congestion and lubricate your throat while you are taking this medication.
If you need surgery or medical tests, tell the surgeon or doctor ahead of time if you have taken a cough or cold medicine within the past few days.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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