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   Cold Expectorant

Cold Expectorant
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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.

 
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Cold Expectorant

Uses
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.
Notes
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water while taking this medication.
  • It will help to break up mucus and clear congestion.

Storage
  • 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.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include excitement, tremor, restlessness, insomnia, fast heartbeat and breathing, dilated pupils, confusion, hallucinations, and seizures.

How To Use
  • 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.

Side Effects
  • 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, nervousness.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor if you have: kidney problems, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, emphysema, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid, diabetes, glaucoma, prostate trouble, depression, any allergies.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.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.

Missed Dose
  • 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.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, indomethacin, MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine).Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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