dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- What is dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- What are the possible side effects of dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- What is the most important information I should know about dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- How should I take dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Welltuss EXP)?
- What happens if I overdose (Welltuss EXP)?
- What should I avoid while taking dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- What other drugs will affect dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Welltuss EXP)?
Since cough or cold medicine is usually taken only as 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. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Welltuss EXP)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of dihydrocodeine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, feeling restless or nervous, extreme dizziness or drowsiness, confusion, cold and clammy skin, shallow breathing, slow heart rate, pinpoint pupils, fainting, or coma.
What should I avoid while taking dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. Alcohol can increase some of the side effects of dihydrocodeine.
Do not take this medication with narcotic pain medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Avoid taking diet pills, caffeine pills, or other stimulants (such as ADHD medications) without your doctor's advice. Taking a stimulant together with a decongestant can increase your risk of unpleasant side effects.
Do not use any other over-the-counter cold, allergy, or cough medicine without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine are contained in many medicines available over the counter. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of a certain drug. Read the label of any other medicine you are using to see if it contains guaifenesin or pseudoephedrine.
What other drugs will affect dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine (Welltuss EXP)?
Before taking dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- methyldopa (Aldomet);
- medicines to treat high blood pressure;
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane);
- zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT);
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin), carteolol (Cartrol), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal), sotalol (Betapace), timolol (Blocadren), and others;
- antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), imipramine (Janimine, Tofranil), and others;
- medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), mesoridazine (Serentil), pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril); or
- seizure medication such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can affect dihydrocodeine, guaifenesin, and pseudoephedrine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about dihydrocodeine, 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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