GUAIFENESIN W/PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE - ORAL (gweye-FEN-eh-sin WITH FEN-ill-pro-puh-NOLL-uh-meen)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S):
Naldecon EX, Pediacon EX, Triaminic, Vicks Dayquil
Guaifenesin helps to loosen mucus. Phenylpropanolamine is a decongestant. This combination medication is used to relieve nasal congestion and symptoms associated with the common cold, allergies, hay fever, sinusitis and other respiratory illnesses.
HOW TO TAKE THIS MEDICATION:
This medication is best taken with a full glass of water after a meal or snack. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than directed.
Dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness or insomnia may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. Should these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop chest pain, a rapid pulse, skin rash, high blood pressure, tremors, or nervousness while taking this medication. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any pre-existing kidney disease, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, emphysema, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, diabetes, glaucoma, prostate trouble, depression or if you have any allergies. This product contains phenylpropanolamine (PPA). The FDA has issued warnings regarding PPA side effects. Consult your pharmacist promptly about this. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding. To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. Also limit your intake of alcoholic beverages which will aggravate these effects.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including any medication for blood pressure or depression, indomethacin or MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include excitement, tremor, restlessness, insomnia, fast heartbeat and breathing, dilated pupils, confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water while taking this medication. It will help to break up mucus and clear congestion.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.
Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD
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