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   Guiatuss Pediatric Cough &Cold;

Guiatuss Pediatric Cough &Cold;
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This combination product is used to temporarily treat cough and stuffy nose symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis). Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It affects a certain part of the brain (cough center) to help you stop coughing. This product also contains a decongestant, which helps relieve stuffy nose symptoms.Do not use this medication in children younger than 2 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all of the doctor's dosage directions. Do not give other cough and cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (e.g., saline nose drops/spray, using a humidifier or infant nasal suction bulb).



 
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Guiatuss Pediatric Cough &Cold;

Uses
This combination product is used to temporarily treat cough and stuffy nose symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis). Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant. It affects a certain part of the brain (cough center) to help you stop coughing. This product also contains a decongestant, which helps relieve stuffy nose symptoms.Do not use this medication in children younger than 2 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all of the doctor's dosage directions. Do not give other cough and cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (e.g., saline nose drops/spray, using a humidifier or infant nasal suction bulb).
Notes
  • Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.

Storage
  • Refer to storage information printed on the package.
  • If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.
  • Do not freeze liquid forms of this medication.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: agitation, confusion, hallucinations, seizures.

How To Use
  • Read and follow all directions on the product package, or use as directed by your doctor.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.Take the tablet, capsule, or liquid form by mouth with or without food.
  • Follow the directions for dosing on the label, or take as directed by your doctor.
  • If you are using the liquid form, use a medication measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose.
  • Do not use a household spoon.
  • This medication may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs.Your dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to therapy.Improper use of this medication (abuse) may result in serious harm (e.g., brain damage, seizure, death).
  • Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently, or use it for a longer time than directed.Inform your doctor if your condition persists for more than 1 week, if it worsens, or if it occurs with a fever, rash, or persistent headache.
  • These may be symptoms of a serious medical problem and should be checked by a doctor.

Side Effects
  • Dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, or restlessness may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.If your doctor has prescribed this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: mental/mood changes (e.g., confusion, hallucinations), shaking (tremors), weakness.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: breathing problems (e.g., asthma, emphysema), diabetes, a certain eye problem (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney problems, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), urination trouble (due to enlarged prostate).This drug may make you dizzy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages.Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol.
  • Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product.The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug, especially dizziness and mental/mood changes.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication may pass into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you are taking this product on a regular schedule and miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • If you are taking this medication under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.This product should not be used with the following medications because very serious (rarely fatal) interactions may occur: MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, isocarboxazid, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), sibutramine.If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting this medication.
  • Avoid taking MAO inhibitors within 2 weeks of starting or stopping this medication.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially: beta blockers (e.g., metoprolol, atenolol), guanethidine, certain inhaled anesthetics (e.g., halothane), memantine, methyldopa, reserpine, tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, desipramine).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products, diet aids) because they may contain ingredients that could increase your heart rate or blood pressure.
  • Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.

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