codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Ambifed CD, Ambifed CDX, Ambifed-G CD, Ambifed-G CDX, Biotussin DAC, Cheratussin DAC, Codafed, Codahistine Expectorant, Guaiatussin DAC, Guaifen DAC, Halotussin DAC, Lortuss EX, Maxifed CD, Maxifed CDX, Maxifed-G CD, Maxifed-G CDX, Medent C, Mytussin DAC, Nucofed Pediatric Expectorant, Phenhist Expectorant, Phenylhistine Expectorant, Suttar SF, Suttar-2, Tricode GF, Z-Tuss E)?
- What are the possible side effects of codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
- What is the most important information I should know about codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
- How should I take codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid while taking codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
- What other drugs will affect codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this medicine is taken when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of codeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include confusion, extreme weakness, pinpoint pupils, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, slow breathing, fainting, or breathing that stops.
Overdose symptoms may also include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while taking codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking medicine that contains codeine. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic medicine.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, cough, allergy, or sleep medicine. Decongestants and cough suppressants are contained in many combination medicines. Taking certain products together can cause you to get too much of a certain drug. Check the label to see if a medicine contains a decongestant or cough suppressant.
This medicine may cause blurred vision or impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine will affect you.
What other drugs will affect codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine?
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you regularly use other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing (such as cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- alvimopan (Entereg);
- naloxone (Narcan, Suboxone);
- tramadol (Ultram, Ultracet);
- an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), bupropion (Wellbutrin), citalopram (Celexa), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan, Silenor), duloxetine (Cymbalta), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Rapiflux, Sarafem, Selfemra, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), milnacipran (Savella), nortriptyline (Pamelor), paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva), sertraline (Zoloft), trazodone (Desyrel, Oleptro), venlafaxine (Effexor), or vilazodone (Viibryd); or
- bowel cleansing preparations (Half Lytely, Fleet Prep Kit, Evac-Q-Kwik, GoLytely, Supraprep, and others).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about codeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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