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chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Vanacof DX)?

Do not use a cough or cold medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) within the past 14 days. Serious, life-threatening side effects can occur if you take cough or cold medicine before the MAO inhibitor has cleared from your body.

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to chlophedianol, guaifenesin, or pseudoephedrine, or if you have:

  • severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;
  • severe coronary artery disease;
  • ischemic heart disease (reduced circulation of blood to the heart);
  • glaucoma;
  • stomach ulcer; or
  • if you are unable to urinate;
  • if you are having an asthma attack; or
  • if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Guaifenesin may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medication if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 years old.

Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from this medication.

How should I take chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Vanacof DX)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as it has been prescribed by your doctor. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended. Cold medicine is usually taken only for a short time until your symptoms clear up.

Measure the liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

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.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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