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Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN - ORAL Pronounced: (gweye-FEN-eh-sin/dex-trow-meth-OR-fan) Mucus Relief Cough Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to relieve coughs
caused by the common cold, bronchitis, and other breathing illnesses.
Guaifenesin belongs to a class of drugs known as expectorants. It works by
thinning and loosening mucus in the airways, clearing congestion, and making
breathing easier. Dextromethorphan belongs to a class of drugs known as cough
suppressants. It acts on a part of the brain (cough center) to reduce the urge
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/DECONGESTANT -
ORAL Cough & Cold Mucus Relief CF Oral Precautions
Before taking this combination medication, tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of the ingredients; or if you
have any other allergies. Also tell your doctor if you have had a bad reaction
to decongestants (such as ephedrine, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine). 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 problem (glaucoma)
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