guaifenesin/ephedrine - oral liquid, Broncholate
GENERIC NAME: GUAIFENESIN/EPHEDRINE - ORAL LIQUID (gweye-FEN-eh-sin/eff-ED-rin)
BRAND NAME(S): Broncholate
USES: Guaifenesin/ephedrine liquid is used for the temporary relief of shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness due to asthma. It is also used for coughs caused by certain infections of the air passages (e.g., bronchitis, sinusitis, common cold), especially when the cough produces phlegm. This product is, generally, not used for an ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems (e.g., chronic bronchitis, emphysema), unless directed by your doctor.Ephedrine is called a sympathomimetic and works by relaxing airways to make breathing easier. Guaifenesin is called an expectorant. It works by making phlegm in the breathing tubes more liquid. This helps the cough to clear phlegm better.Ephedrine-containing products should not be used for weight loss, body building, enhancing athletic performance, or increasing energy/alertness, either alone or in combination with other stimulants (e.g., caffeine, sympathomimetic drugs found in nonprescription products). Doing so may increase your risk of serious (possibly fatal) side effects. (See also Side Effects section.)Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules) are not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details about using your product safely.These products do not cure or shorten the length of the common cold and may cause serious side effects. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all dosage directions. Do not use this product to make a child sleepy. Do not give other cough-and-cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask the doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (such as drinking enough fluids, using a humidifier or saline nose drops/spray).
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