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GUAIFENESIN; HYDROCODONE (gwye FEN e sin; hye droe KOE done) helps to temporarily stop or reduce a dry and nonproductive cough.
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food or milk if it upsets your stomach. Take your doses at regular times. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. If you are taking this medicine on a regular basis, do not suddenly stop taking it. Your doctor may want to slowly lower your dose.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children less than 6 years old.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
slow or fast heartbeat
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
alcohol and alcohol-containing medicines
barbiturates like phenobarbital
drugs for bladder problems
drugs for breathing problems like ipratropium and tiotropium
drugs for certain stomach or intestine problems
MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
medicines for pain
medicines for sleep
phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep this medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and is against the law.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
diarrhea associated with pseudomembranous colitis from antibiotics
an allergic reaction to hydrocodone, guaifenesin, other opioid analgesics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse. If you have a high fever, skin rash, or headache, see your health care professional.
Drink several glasses of water each day.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
The medicine may cause constipation. Try to have a bowel movement at least every 2 to 3 days. If you do not have a bowel movement for 3 days, call your doctor or health care professional.
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