Guaiatussin AC Codeine Phosphate
What is this medicine?
CODEINE; GUAIFENESIN (KOE deen; we FEN e sin) is a cough suppressant and expectorant. It helps to stop or reduce coughing due to the common cold or inhaled irritants. It will not treat an infection.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Antituss AC, Brontex, Cheracol with Codeine, Cheratussin AC, Codefen, Dex-Tuss, Diabetic Tussin C, Duraganidin NR, ExeClear-C, Gani-Tuss NR, Guai Co, Guaiatussin AC, Guaifen C, Guiatuss AC, Halotussin AC, Iophen C-NR, M-Clear WC, Mar-Cof CG, Mytussin AC, Ninjacof-XG, RelCof C, Robafen AC, Romilar AC, Tussi-Organidin NR, Tussiden C, Tusso-C, Virtussin AC
Guaiatussin AC side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Like other narcotic medications, codeine can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.
A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.
Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing;
- a slow heart rate or weak pulse;
- severe dizziness or drowsiness;
- confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- little or no urinating;
- severe constipation; or
- slow heart rate, weak or shallow breathing.
Uses of Guaiatussin AC Codeine Phosphate
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat coughing and chest congestion symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis, bronchitis). Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps thin and loosen mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus. Codeine is an opioid cough suppressant (antitussive) that affects a certain part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough.
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (e.g., emphysema), or for coughs with a lot of mucus, unless directed by your doctor.
Opioid cough suppressants should not be used in children younger than 18 years. Children are at higher risk for serious (even fatal) side effects, especially breathing problems. Talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of this medication.
Cough-and-cold products do not cure colds. Cough due to a common cold often does not need to be treated with medicine. Ask your 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.
How to use Guaiatussin AC
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) or as directed by your doctor. This medication can be taken with food if stomach upset occurs. Drink plenty of fluids while you are using this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. The fluid will help loosen the mucus in your lungs.
If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
|Country of Origin||Unknown|
|Container Type||Unit Dose Cup|
|Generic Drug Code||34673|
|Generic Drug Name||Codeine Phos|