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Brand Names: Altarussin PE, Ambifed, Ambifed-G, Biotuss PE, Congestac, Despec-SR, D-Feda II, Dynex, Entex PSE, ExeFen, ExeFen-IR, Guiatex II SR, Levall G, Maxifed, Maxifed-G, Medent LD, Medent-LDI, Mucinex D, Mucinex D Max Strength, Nasabid SR, Nasatab LA, Nomuc-PE, Poly-Vent, Poly-Vent IR, Poly-Vent, Jr., Pseudatex, Pseudo GG, Pseudo GG TR, Pseudo Max, Q-Tussin PE, Respaire-120 SR, Respaire-30, Respaire-60 SR, Robitussin PE, Robitussin Severe Congestion, Ru-Tuss Jr., Sinutab Non Drying, Stamoist E, SudaTex-G, Tenar PSE, Touro LA, Touro LA-LD, Triaminic Softchews Chest Congestion, We Mist II LA, We Mist LA

Generic Name: guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine (Pronunciation: gwye FEN e sin, SOO doe ee FED rin)

What is guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine (Altarussin PE, Ambifed, Ambifed-G, Biotuss PE, Congestac, Despec-SR, D-Feda II, Dynex, Entex PSE, ExeFen, ExeFen-IR, Guiatex II SR, Levall G, Maxifed, Maxifed-G, Medent LD, Medent-LDI, Mucinex D, Mucinex D Max Strength, Nasabid SR, Nasatab LA, Nomuc-PE, Poly-Vent, Poly-Vent IR, Poly-Vent, Jr., Pseudatex, Pseudo GG, Pseudo GG TR, Pseudo Max, Q-Tussin PE, Respaire-120 SR, Respaire-30, Respaire-60 SR, Robitussin PE, Robitussin Severe Congestion, Ru-Tuss Jr., Sinutab Non Drying, Stamoist E, SudaTex-G, Tenar PSE, Touro LA, Touro LA-LD, Triaminic Softchews Chest Congestion, We Mist II LA, We Mist LA)?

Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It helps loosen congestion in your chest and throat, making it easier to cough out through your mouth.

Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant that shrinks blood vessels in the nasal passages. Dilated blood vessels can cause nasal congestion (stuffy nose).

The combination of guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine is used to treat stuffy nose, sinus congestion, and cough caused by allergies or the common cold.

Guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Congestac

oblong, white, imprinted with C

Deconsal II

oblong, blue, imprinted with Adams, 017

Duratuss GP

oval, white, imprinted with ETHEX, 373

Guaifenesin-PSE 1200 mg-120 mg-CYP

oblong, white, imprinted with CYP 266

Guaifenex GP 1200 mg-120 mg

oval, white, imprinted with 373, ETHEX

Guaifenex PSE 60

oblong, blue, imprinted with ETHEX, 214

Guaifenex PSE 800 mg-80 mg

oblong, white, imprinted with 413, ETHEX

Guaifenex PSE 85

oblong, white, imprinted with ETHEX, 478

Respaire 120 mg

clear/orange, imprinted with LASER 0169

Respaire 60 mg

clear/green, imprinted with LASER 0174

What are the possible side effects of guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeat;
  • severe dizziness, anxiety, or nervousness;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; or
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, chest pain, numbness, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness or headache;
  • feeling restless or excited;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • mild nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset;
  • mild loss of appetite;
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin; or
  • skin rash or itching.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine?

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 4 years old. Always\s 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.

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.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using any other cold, cough, or allergy medicine. Guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine 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 guaifenesin or pseudoephedrine.



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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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