Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine, reduces itching and swelling and dries up secretions from the eyes, nose, and throat.
Hydrocodone, a mild narcotic similar to codeine, is believed to work directly on the cough center.
This medication can cause considerable drowsiness and make you less alert.
Tussionex Extended-Release Suspension is a cough-suppressant/antihistamine combination prescribed to relieve coughs and the upper respiratory symptoms of colds and allergies.
You should not drive or operate machinery or participate in any activity that requires full mental alertness until you know how you react to Tussionex.
Tussionex side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Tightness in chest;
- Mood changes;
- Mental clouding;
- Extreme calm (sedation);
- Exaggerated sense of well-being;
- Exaggerated feeling of depression;
- Emotional dependence;
- Dry throat;
- Difficulty urinating;
- Difficulty breathing;
- Decreased mental and physical performance;
Tussionex is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to hydrocodone or chlorpheniramine;
- If you have lung disease or a breathing disorder;
- If you have the eye condition known as narrow-angle glaucoma, asthma, an enlarged prostate gland, urinary difficulties, an intestinal disorder, liver or kidney disease, an underactive thyroid gland, or addison's disease (a disorder of the adrenal glands);
- If you have recently suffered a head injury;
Do not take Tussionex with any of the following drugs:
- Other narcotics such as percocet and demerol;
- Other antihistamines such as benadryl;
- Medications for depression such as elavil and prozac;
- Medications for anxiety such as xanax and valium;
- Mao inhibitor drugs (antidepressant drugs such as nardil and parnate);
- Major tranquilizers such as thorazine and compazine;
- Antispasmodic medications such as bentyl and cogentin;
The usual dose is 1 teaspoonful (5 milliliters) every 12 hours. Do not take more than 2 teaspoonfuls in 24 hours.
CHILDREN AGED 6 TO 12
Tussionex is not recommended for children under 6 years old.
The usual dose is one-half teaspoonful every 12 hours. Do not take more than 1 teaspoonful in 24 hours.
Symptoms of Tussionex overdose may include:
- Temporary cessation of breathing;
- Slow heartbeat;
- Muscle flabbiness;
- Low blood pressure;
- Extreme sleepiness leading to stupor or coma;
- Decreased or difficult breathing;
- Cold and clammy skin;
- Cardiac arrest;
- Blue skin color due to lack of oxygen;