Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/PSEUDOEPHEDRINE - ORAL Pronounced: (gweye-FEN-eh-sin/sue-doh-eff-ED-rin) Chest Congestion Relief D Oral Precautions
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to pseudoephedrine or guaifenesin; or if you
have any other allergies. Also tell your doctor if you have had a bad reaction
to similar drugs (sympathomimetics such as ephedrine, phenylephrine). This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
breathing problems (such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis,
asthma, smoker's cough)
cough with blood or large amounts of mucus
high blood pressure
heart disease (such as chest pain, heart failure, heart
a certain eye proble...
Diagnosis Doctors can often make a preliminary diagnosis of heart failure by medical history and careful physical examination. A thorough medical history may identify risks for heart failure that include: High blood pressure Diabetes Abnormal cholesterol levels Heart disease or history of heart attack Thyroid problems Obesity Lifestyle factors (such as smoking, alcohol use, and drug use) The following physical signs, along with medical history, strongly suggest heart failure: Enlarged heart Abnormal heart sounds Abnormal sounds in the lungs Swelling or tenderness of the liver Fluid retention in legs and abdomen Elevation of pressure in the veins of the neck Laboratory Tests Both blood and urine tests are used to check for problems with the liver and kidneys and to detect signs of diabetes. Lab tests can measure: Complete blood counts to check for anemia Kidney function blood and urine tests Sodium, potassium, and other electrolytes Cholesterol and lipid levels Blood sugar (glucose) Thyroid function Brain natr...
Thanks to the FDA, I now have a clutter-free, neatly organized medicine cabinet for the first time since stockpiling it for the arrival of twin babies. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit (aka "cram"!) into a tiny medicine closet. Now I'm left like many parents, smack in the middle of cold and flu season with the newfound knowledge that not only are over-the-counter cold and cough medicines not even effective for children under two, they're potentially dangerous.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,500 babies and toddlers have wound up in emergency rooms over the past two years after having a bad reaction to cold medicines. In 2007, the FDA found 54 reported child deaths from decongestants and 69 child deaths from antihistamines from 1969 and fall 2006, most involving children under 2. In 2007, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore's health commissioner, petitioned the FDA to end the use of nonprescription cold remedies by children under 6, a move...
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