GENERIC NAME: guaifenesin and codeine phosphate (discontinued)
BRAND NAME: N/A
DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Cheratussin AC, Codar GF, Dex-Tuss, Guaiatussin AC, Iophen C-NR, M-Clear WC, Mar-Cof CG, Virtussin A/C, Tussi-Organidin NR, Mytussin AC
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Guaifenesin with codeine is an oral, liquid cough medicine. Guaifenesin is an expectorant, which works by thinning and increasing the volume of mucus. Codeine is a narcotic cough suppressant that works by suppressing the cough reflex in the brain, eventually reducing the frequency of cough.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Guaifenesin with codeine temporarily relieves cough associated with colds as well as throat and bronchial irritation. It helps loosen mucus as well as suppress cough.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of guaifenesin with codeine are:
- orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure upon standing),
- irregular heartbeats,
- decreased urination,
- drowsiness, and
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Guaifenesin with codeine phosphate is available as an oral liquid. One teaspoon (5 ml) of liquid contains 10 mg of codeine phosphate and 100 mg or 300 mg of guaifenesin.
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