chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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What is chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Tussionex is a combination of an antihistamine that blocks allergic reactions and reduces the production of mucus (chlorpheniramine), and a narcotic that relieves pain and cough (hydrocodone). Tussionex is a liquid that slowly releases the chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone after it is ingested.

What brand names are available for chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone?

Tussionex, TussiCaps, Tussionex Pennkinetic, Vituz

Is chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone?

Yes

What are the side effects of chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone?

The most frequent side effects of chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone include:

Other important side effects include:

Hydrocodone can depress breathing, and should be used with caution in elderly, debilitated patients, and in patients with serious lung disease. Hydrocodone can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery. Hydrocodone may be habit forming. Mental and physical dependence can occur but are unlikely when used for short-term relief of pain.

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