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chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare 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 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.

Do not use cough or cold medicine if you have untreated or uncontrolled diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, coronary artery disease, or a thyroid disorder.

To make sure you can safely use this medicine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

It is not known whether chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine will harm an unborn baby. Do not use cough or cold medicine without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using the medicine.

Chlophedianol, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Decongestants may also slow breast milk production. Do not use cough or cold medicine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

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

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

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.

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 and heat. 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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