guaifenesin/hydrocodone - oral, Atuss EX, Cotuss-V, Entuss, Vo (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually every 4-6 hours or as directed by your doctor. For best results, take with a full glass of water. The dosage is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. If you are using the liquid form, measure the dose carefully using a special medication spoon or oral measuring syringe. Do not use a household spoon. Do not take more than the maximum daily dose for your age group unless instructed to do so by your doctor.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses. In such cases, withdrawal symptoms (such as runny nose, sweating, restlessness, widened pupils, loss of appetite, goose bumps, irritability, shakiness, . fast heartbeat and muscle/bone pain) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and report any withdrawal reactions immediately.Though it is very unlikely to occur, this medication can also result in abnormal drug-seeking behavior (addiction/habit forming). Do not increase your dose, take it more frequently or use it for a longer time than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed. This will lessen the chances of becoming addicted.When used for an extended period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.Inform your doctor if your cough persists or worsens after more than 1 week or if you also have fever, headache, or rash.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, sleepiness, loss of appetite, nervousness, dry mouth, or blurred vision may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.To prevent constipation, maintain a diet adequate in fiber and drink plenty of water. If you become constipated while using this drug, consult your pharmacist for help in selecting a laxative (e.g., stimulant-type with stool softener).Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because 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: difficulty staying awake, confusion, slow/shallow breathing, difficult/painful urination, irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, hallucinations).Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe stomach/abdominal pain, change in the amount of urine, seizures.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 (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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