chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone, Tussionex (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: The most frequent side effects of chlorpheniramine and hydrocodone include lightheadedness, dizziness, sedation, nausea, vomiting, disturbed coordination, and drying and thickening of oral and other respiratory secretions. Other side effects include dyspepsia (indigestion), constipation, spasm of the ureter (which can lead to difficulty urinating), palpitations, increased heart rate, confusion, drowsiness, anxiety, nervousness, irritability, blurred vision, double vision, and tremor.

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.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information


Last Editorial Review: 9/28/2011



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