guaifenesin/hydrocodone - oral, Atuss EX, Cotuss-V, Entuss, Vo (cont.)

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking guaifenesin/hydrocodone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to sulfites; or to other narcotics (e.g., codeine); or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: severe breathing problems (e.g., severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, advanced emphysema), increased pressure in the brain (intracranial hypertension), certain bowel diseases (e.g., paralytic ileus), intoxication with medications which cause sleepiness or slow/shallow breathing (CNS/respiratory depressants such as alcohol or tranquilizers/sedatives).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: difficulty urinating (e.g., due to enlarged prostate, urethral stricture), personal or family history of regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol, breathing problems (e.g., asthma, mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD, moderate/severe sleep apnea), smoking, cough with large amounts of phlegm, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, low blood pressure, gallbladder/biliary tract problems, swollen pancreas (pancreatitis), certain brain problems (e.g., brain tumor, lesions), head injury, seizures, slow/irregular heartbeat, adrenal gland problems (e.g., Addison's disease), mental/mood disorders (e.g., toxic psychosis), a certain spine problem (kyphoscoliosis), recent surgery, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), a severe loss of body water (dehydration), severe obesity, stomach pain of unknown cause.This drug may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its side effects (e.g., slow/shallow breathing, drowsiness, dizziness).Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its side effects (e.g., slow/shallow breathing, drowsiness, dizziness).This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. It is not recommended for use over long periods or in high doses near the expected delivery date because it may harm the unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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